Whether shooting at a target or in hunting, archery is one of humankind's most challenging recreational activities. Today, competitive archery is divided into two primary categories: target archery and field archery. Field archery is often a prelude to the more primal use of archery called bow hunting.

Target archery involves shooting arrows at different distances; increasing score values are awarded for longer distances. Field archery involves shooting arrows at different types of targets at different distances while traveling on foot around an established course. Bow hunters call this the bow hunter's course because it is designed to simulate bow hunting in actual field conditions.

While bow hunters use field courses to hone their archery skills, competitive archers rely on target shooting to sharpen their archery skills. Many competitive shooters flock to local archery clubs and archery ranges to practice their art. Still, having an archery target in your own backyard is a big advantage.

Many backyard archery targets are made with bales of hay used as an archery target backstop. Using bales of hay is so common that many archers are led to believe that hay is the best material to stop an arrow. "Not true!" say others. This article we will learn how to build an archery target using carpet pieces for backstop material.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill (electric power)
  • Tape measure
  • 1-inch screws (rust resistant)
  • 4-foot-long sawhorse
  • 15-foot long 1-by-4 inch board



Step 1 - Build The Base and Frame

Start by using a clean, sturdy sawhorse as a base for your archery target. The simple, common sawhorses made from 2x4 inch boards work best (see image at left).

Cut two 10-foot long boards from the 14-foot 1-by-4 inch board. Cut one 4-foot long board from the remaining length of 1-by-4 inch board.

Use 1-inch screws (rust resistant preferred) to attach the two 10-foot boards to one slanting side of the saw horse; one board on each end attached inline and flat against the 2-by-4 inch leg of the sawhorse (see image at left).

Attach the 4-foot board as a cross member connecting the top ends of the two 10-foot boards (see image at left).

Step 2 - Fabricate Backing With Targets

IMPORTANT: The underside of the carpet is the least penetrable. Drape at least four layers (approx. 45 lb. pull at 200 fps.) of carpet over top the cross member, attaching each piece of carpet to the cross member with screws before adding the next layer.

With a piece of cardboard (base to hold the staples) under the first layer of carpet, use a stapler to attach a target to your new archery target stand.

Step 3 - Mobility and Storage

Store the archery target stand in a clean area away from rain and any other harmful elements. To make the archery target easier to move around, install wheels on the feet of the sawhorse.

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