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Crossbow Targets
 

 

Hurricane crossbow target with arrows in it

A typical practice session with field points at 30 yds.  As I said before, the target's multiple aiming points allows you to pick a different one for each shot, thus eliminating the chance of hitting a previous shot....unless you or your bow lack reasonable accuracy.  You can tell from the low hole count in the bag target that this photo was shot when the target was quite new.  The holes in the outer bag do not fully close, but they do slowly work their way partially shut.  Hurricane sells a replacement bag for $20.  Based on my use of the target over the summer, it will be several years before I need to worry about a replacement bag. 

checking the deer vitals arrow hit on the Hurricane target

While I was practicing, I asked my wife if she wanted to give it a try.  I gave her a safety briefing for using the crossbow and let her shoot from a table some 20 yards from the target.  I told her to aim for the black lung as I didn't want her crowding the left side of the target shooting at where the heart is.  Did not need my arrow getting buried in the grass if she pulled it left a bit too much.  I shot at arrow into the lung and after retrieving the arrow, I told her to shoot at the same hole.  As you can see in the above photo, she put it within an inch of the desired point.  She was quite happy with her results and the smile proves it.    

I should note that the Hurricane target will not do well if you use broadhead arrows on it.  The broadheads will quickly shred the bag and while I've not tried it myself, I've read that they are quite difficult to extract from the target since the broadheads get tangled in the cloth interior.  It makes sense to me so I'll believe it and restrict my broadhead practice to the Cabela's target.

Cabela's Barricade HP target with broadhead

Sometimes the very tip of the broadhead just breaks the surface of the back side of the Cabela's Barricade target....sometimes it does not.  Regardless, the method I use for broadhead arrow extraction is to gently tap the nock of the arrow (as mentioned earlier, I use a small block of wood) until the broadhead has just exited the target.  I then unscrew the broadhead from the arrow shaft and withdraw the arrow from the front side of the target, attaching the broadhead again once the arrow is out of the target.  Yes, it takes an extra minute to do this, but seems to have the least amount of trauma on the target, in my opinion.   I have two arrows with broadheads on them that I use strictly for target practice and more so for sighting in the broadhead arrow.  The broadheads get dull quite fast cutting through this target so I don't use these two arrows for anything except practice. 

I've read some forum threads where the person stated they only practice with what they will be using when deer hunting.  In other words, all of their practice is with broadheads.  I won't argue against the idea and I wish I had that kind of money to apply towards my practice session....but I don't so I practice with field points and when I'm ready to hunt, I switch over to my two broadhead practice arrows, adjust the scope a bit to put them right on target, and go hunting.  Does it work?  I believe it does.  My first archery hunting season, using my CAMX Chaos 325 crossbow for the first time, netted me a nice fall gobbler and a big doe to put into the freezer.  I took my turkey at 35 yds and the doe at 28 yds using Slick Trick 100 gr standard broadheads on both of them.

I look forward to using these two crossbow targets to keep my skill set up to speed so that I'll be able to repeat this past fall's performance.  I believe you would find them more than suitable for your target practice needs as well.

 

 

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