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#3287465 - 07/10/13 12:18 PM $10 target ready for season
catman529
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Just set up two $5 hay bales and spray painted with paint leftover from other projects. Won't last long but will last through the season. 6 targets to disperse the wear on the hay so the arrows don't pass through as soon. I used 1 hay bale last season so this is a redneck upgrade!



Ready to be shooting a lot of arrows. Plan is to shoot accurate out to 30 yd but mainly shoot deer at 20 and under. Got a dozen Easton Bloodline arrows in correct spine, cut to length, fletched, and with 100 gr field points installed thanks to EnergyWave archery up in Hermitage. Already shot a few times with them and now ready to start getting good for deer season.
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#3287476 - 07/10/13 12:25 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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That hay wont stop an arrow.
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#3287485 - 07/10/13 12:37 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: Buckblaster]
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Get ready to jump that fence to retrieve arrows that blew through the hay bale.
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#3287552 - 07/10/13 01:36 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: UTGrad]
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I didn't even think of this! I have 3 hay bales in my shed!
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#3287566 - 07/10/13 01:45 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: 89cherokeelimited]
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They will blow through eventually but I used it last year and it worked. Got a styrofoam block behind the hay to help stop the arrows.
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#3287573 - 07/10/13 01:51 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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If you wrapped a couple ratchet straps around the bales it would help tighten them up some but I don't see them stopping the arrows without a backer of some sort.
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#3287586 - 07/10/13 02:03 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: Rubberduck270]
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I think everyone's missing the "i did this last year with one hay bale" comment.

Looks good Catman! I think the styrofoam block behind it will help in the event it does go through.
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#3287587 - 07/10/13 02:04 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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I doubt that'll last, but it might.

Get a blob style target. I have one thats about 4x2.5ft.. my buddy owned it for ten years and shot broadheads through it. He got it for free. Its made out of refridgerater insulation.
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#3287590 - 07/10/13 02:06 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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 Originally Posted By: catman529
Just set up two $5 hay bales and spray painted with paint leftover from other projects. Won't last long but will last through the season.

Ready to be shooting a lot of arrows. Plan is to shoot accurate out to 30 yd but mainly shoot deer at 20 .


If you plan on shooting a lot of arrows that ain't going to work. You need a Blob, Rinehart or a range bag.

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#3287629 - 07/10/13 02:59 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: UTGrad]
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I got a piece of old OSB board and threw it behind the bales. I dont know if last year's hay bale was packed better or what, but all my arrows got stuck into the OSB so bad I only pulled one out and was about to bust from sweating in the heat so I went inside and will have to pull them out later. Maybe these bales of hay just aren't packed as tight. Will re arrange my setup. Can't afford a blob target but might have to get one of those hard packed foam type sooner or later.
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#3287632 - 07/10/13 03:04 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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I recommend a good bag target for field points. Delta Speed Bags are really good bag targets for about $60. The cheap layered foam targets will work but are temporary. I recommend a bag target for longevity and $$$.
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#3287638 - 07/10/13 03:08 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: UTGrad]
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I might be buying a boat soon and don't have $60 for a target. At the moment I just want to get through the season.
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#3287644 - 07/10/13 03:20 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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You can shoot for free at the new archery range in Franklin. It's an excellent place to shoot.
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#3287647 - 07/10/13 03:23 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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Catman, go to the hardware store and get some threaded rods to the size you need, nuts and washers to fit and a couple of 2X6's. Drill two holes near the end of each bale in each board big enough for your threaded rods to go and tighten the absolute crap out of them and it will stop an arrow, as long as you shoot at multiple spots. Hay bales by themselves won't stop an arrow for long, but if you compress them, keep them off of the ground (i.e. steal a pallet \:\) ), keep them from the sun and rain by a tarp or roof they will last for a significant amount of time. Our haybale butts at the club on our walk thru range get absolutely hammered and we replace them about every 2-3 years, but they are covered with nylon bag, are on pallets and each one has a full roof on them. A blob, would be much better option, but you have to operate within your means and that is understandable.
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#3287656 - 07/10/13 03:29 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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Or put a couple of ratchet straps around both bales and tighten the crap out of 'em.
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#3287667 - 07/10/13 03:40 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: GOODWIN]
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Compression method works much better than ratchets do, due to the limited amount of pressure you can apply before they bend/break. Big industrial strength ratchets would be better, but you can get a blob for what all of that will cost. \:\)
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#3287672 - 07/10/13 03:45 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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 Originally Posted By: UTGrad
You can shoot for free at the new archery range in Franklin. It's an excellent place to shoot.
Haven't heard of that, where is it?

 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
Catman, go to the hardware store and get some threaded rods to the size you need, nuts and washers to fit and a couple of 2X6's. Drill two holes near the end of each bale in each board big enough for your threaded rods to go and tighten the absolute crap out of them and it will stop an arrow, as long as you shoot at multiple spots. Hay bales by themselves won't stop an arrow for long, but if you compress them, keep them off of the ground (i.e. steal a pallet \:\) ), keep them from the sun and rain by a tarp or roof they will last for a significant amount of time. Our haybale butts at the club on our walk thru range get absolutely hammered and we replace them about every 2-3 years, but they are covered with nylon bag, are on pallets and each one has a full roof on them. A blob, would be much better option, but you have to operate within your means and that is understandable.
Not a bad idea... I can get all the pallets I will ever need. Basically a huge pile of them up for grabs. Got a couple of them yesterday to use on the pallet wood ground blind I am building.
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#3287679 - 07/10/13 03:54 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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Those should work for a while, but you will probably see some arrows go through. I suspect you will tear up some fletchings shooting into your bales.

The most cost effective product I have found is the Target Bag sold by Third Hand Archery out of KY. It is a VERY heavy duty, self-sealing poly bag with a velcro top. It has a variety of target circles printed on the bag. You stuff it with rags, used clothing/bedding, etc.

They really work well and last several years. They sell for $25 or two for $45.


Edited by scn (07/10/13 03:55 PM)
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#3287685 - 07/10/13 04:01 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: scn]
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Archery range in Franklin is at the Ag Center off Long Lane. Turn left on Long Lane and turn right into the first Ag Center parking lot and follow the road to the top of the hill.
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#3287686 - 07/10/13 04:01 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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Good Idea. I use em for backstops, but arrows just blow through them
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#3287706 - 07/10/13 04:17 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: UTGrad]
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 Originally Posted By: scn
Those should work for a while, but you will probably see some arrows go through. I suspect you will tear up some fletchings shooting into your bales.

The most cost effective product I have found is the Target Bag sold by Third Hand Archery out of KY. It is a VERY heavy duty, self-sealing poly bag with a velcro top. It has a variety of target circles printed on the bag. You stuff it with rags, used clothing/bedding, etc.

They really work well and last several years. They sell for $25 or two for $45.
Thanks, I may look into that.

 Originally Posted By: UTGrad
Archery range in Franklin is at the Ag Center off Long Lane. Turn left on Long Lane and turn right into the first Ag Center parking lot and follow the road to the top of the hill.
so it is right by the archery den? Might check that out sometime. do they have 3d targets?
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#3287746 - 07/10/13 04:59 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: PinchPoint]
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Here is a link to the thread about the range. Yes its close to the Archery Den.

http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=3272884&page=3#Post3272884

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#3287811 - 07/10/13 06:45 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: UTGrad]
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Hay bales was the go to thing back in the day,everyone had bales stacked in the back yard back then, but the bows we shot then didnt have the horse power these newer ones do.
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#3288005 - 07/10/13 09:47 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: FOX FIRE]
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 Originally Posted By: UTGrad
Here is a link to the thread about the range. Yes its close to the Archery Den.

http://www.tndeer.com/tndeertalk/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=3272884&page=3#Post3272884

thanks UTG, looks good.

 Originally Posted By: FOX FIRE
Hay bales was the go to thing back in the day,everyone had bales stacked in the back yard back then, but the bows we shot then didnt have the horse power these newer ones do.
mine is a bit older and shoots low 60s in poundage.
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#3288013 - 07/10/13 09:53 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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Catman , do you have any old clothes ? If you want to make a small cheap target that will last a while . Do this , get a box , whatever size you want your target to be . Fill the box as tight as you can with clothes . Folded in layers, with the layers from front to back . Pack them in as tight as you can and then duct tape it shut . Draw target dots on a piece of paper and tape it to it and waaalah ! Here is what mine looked like when I made mine . It lasted from December untill a couple weeks ago and I shot it almost every day alot !! And you can pull them with two fingers.
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#3288020 - 07/10/13 09:57 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: bowhunter163]
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 Originally Posted By: bowhunter163
Catman , do you have any old clothes ? If you want to make a small cheap target that will last a while . Do this , get a box , whatever size you want your target to be . Fill the box as tight as you can with clothes . Folded in layers, with the layers from front to back . Pack them in as tight as you can and then duct tape it shut . Draw target dots on a piece of paper and tape it to it and waaalah ! Here is what mine looked like when I made mine . It lasted from December untill a couple weeks ago and I shot it almost every day alot !! And you can pull them with two fingers.
thanks for sharing. I have heard of this method but don't have enough old clothes to use right now. If I ever do I will make a target with them
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#3288033 - 07/10/13 10:06 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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Check out your local goodwill or thrift store . Sometimes they have clothes that they cannot put out and would love for people to take them away . Also I used a little bit of the egg crate type foam from one of my old mattress cover things . I will be building a bigger " permenant " one of these soon and will let you know how it goes .
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#3288112 - 07/11/13 12:29 AM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: bowhunter163]
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 Originally Posted By: bowhunter163
Check out your local goodwill or thrift store . Sometimes they have clothes that they cannot put out and would love for people to take them away . Also I used a little bit of the egg crate type foam from one of my old mattress cover things . I will be building a bigger " permenant " one of these soon and will let you know how it goes .
that's funny I had the same idea about goodwill. I guess it doesn't hurt to ask.
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#3288669 - 07/11/13 02:00 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: Buckblaster]
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 Originally Posted By: Buckblaster
That hay wont stop an arrow.


Ditto ! I did that 33 years ago when I first started and ruined a lot of arrow fletchings . The only way they stop arrows consistently is to use a bale compressor made from two threaded rods , placed on each side and a 2x12 on the top and bottom of the bales . Drill holes through each end of the 2x12 boards , place a rod through from top to bottom ,place 3 bales in , then tighten the nuts on each rod to compress the bales .
Make sure you do this where you want to shot a the target , because it's too heavy to move .
I'd much rather spend the money on a portable target I can move around and shoot broadheads into though .......
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#3288831 - 07/11/13 04:38 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: Radar]
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I wish you were closer catman I got a basicly new bag target I would give you. if you come this way anytime let me know and its yours bud!!
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#3289086 - 07/11/13 10:36 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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Blob targets are great but if u can't get ahold of one another great target for field points only is a bag type stuffed with denim, old jeans or overalls. Cut off all buttons & zippers, it will last a long time.
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#3289095 - 07/11/13 11:00 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: scn]
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 Originally Posted By: scn
Those should work for a while, but you will probably see some arrows go through. I suspect you will tear up some fletchings shooting into your bales.

The most cost effective product I have found is the Target Bag sold by Third Hand Archery out of KY. It is a VERY heavy duty, self-sealing poly bag with a velcro top. It has a variety of target circles printed on the bag. You stuff it with rags, used clothing/bedding, etc.

They really work well and last several years. They sell for $25 or two for $45.

I second them bags I have 4 of them and work great
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#3289107 - 07/11/13 11:17 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: reloadxx]
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back probably 6-7 years ago I picked up a red head layer target from bass pro. for 27 dollars and its held up 20 times better then my block I still shoot it. and I shoot a lot. shoot broad heads and field point into it. may be something to look into. I would spend the 30-70 dollars for a good to decent target so you don't mess up your arrows. that's just me though.
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#3289126 - 07/11/13 11:53 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: deerhunter10]
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Thanks for the offer knightrider. Hopefully I can find me one (will look into scn's suggestion) so I won't have to bother you with the hassle or spend the gas money ;\)
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#3327274 - 08/18/13 10:22 PM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: catman529]
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Get ya some feed bags and fill em with old clothes, (cut off zippers and buttons) You can hang em stack em or whatever. They are good for field tips only though, easy arrow removal to.
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#3334894 - 08/25/13 08:21 AM Re: $10 target ready for season [Re: PinchPoint]
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Lowes sells hay bails that are packed extremely tight.
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