You would think choosing the best archery target would be pretty simple and straightforward, right? Well, not exactly.
What’s not simple is choosing the right archery target that fits your needs as a target shooter or hunter.
Us bowhunters whether it be it amateur or even professional spend hours looking for the right bows, arrows and even acessories. More often than not, especially with those newer to the game, this results in an impulsive and sometimes poor choice. Choosing a target is no different, and without the right knowledge you could find yourself with a brand new target that just doesn’t fit your needs.
With thousands of different types of archery targets on the market, we thought we’d give you our pick of the top 10, and also the information necessary to pick the right target for your needs.
So without any more rambling on, lets first delve into each type of target and gain an understanding of the differences before we make a move on which one to buy.
- Types of targets
- 10. Rinehart 18-1 Broadhead Target
- 9. GlenDel Buck 3D Archery Target
- 8. Morrell Yellow Jacket YJ-350
- 7. Morrell Yellow Jacket Stinger Field
- 6. Archery 40cm & 80cm Targets by Longbow
- 5. Hurricane Bag Archery Target
- 4. Block GenZ Series Youth Archery
- 3. Field Logic Block Back
- 2. Rinehart RhinoBlock
- 1. Morrell Double Duty 450 FPS
- Wrapping things up…
Types of targets
Dears, Coyotes, Turkeys- you name it. 3D targets come in the form of some of your favorite animals that you love to hunt.
3D targets are ideal for hunters as the realism just adds to the experience of practicing hunting. These targets are usually on the pricier end of the spectrum but are made with a sturdy construction. This ensures that the targets last a long time and keep on taking hits from your arrows for years.
Bag Targets are usually the most common type of targets available in the archery world. The inside is usually with synthetic fiber which easily absorbs the impact of the incoming arrow. Pretty much every archer of just about any professional level have used these at some point. They’re usually the cheapest as well but this comes at a cost. Such targets are usually not weather-resistant and thus have to be stored after a shooting session. Or you can also keep them covered. You might even opt for a weather-resistant one should it be within your budget.
Foam Block Targets
Strong and durable foam is inserted into this line of targets. Foam black targets are generally lightweight and extremely portable. However, arrows are hard to extract from the target. Some targets come with self-healing foam making it resistant to wear and tear. They are usually on the expensive side but are designed to handle repetitive shooting.
Going through all these types may make one feel confused and that’s understandable. But fear not as we’re coming up with our own list of the 10 best archery targets you can buy with your hard-earned money.
Bear in mind that we’ve curated this list putting utmost emphasis on the quality you’re getting in return for the money you’re paying. The list also focuses on targets that are available at various price points to make sure at least some of them cater to your specific budget.
10. Rinehart 18-1 Broadhead Target
We start off our list with the “broadhead-friendly” foam target from Rineheart.
The company self-proclaims it as the longest-lasting archery target they have ever offered. It comes with self-healing foam so it’s designed to last a long time even under heavy usage.
It offers 18 vivid target zones for you to shoot your broadheads at.
It goes without saying that it is pretty lightweight and also easy to carry using the handle. So, portability is not a problem at all with this model.
Arrows might feel a bit difficult to remove from the target if you are shooting with fieldpoints instead of broadheads. Also, it might not last the longest if you shoot in the cold weather. Highly recommended that you manage to store it instead of leaving it out in the open. But overall, it’s a magnificent choice if you’re shooting broadheads.
9. GlenDel Buck 3D Archery Target
We start off with a 3D target which is the GlenDel Buck manufactured by Field Logic.
It has the body size of a 200lb life-like buck that you’ll find in the woods.
Easily visible from afar, it definitely does look like how a deer would from a distance.
Arrow removal is easy thanks to its open layered poly fusion technology.
The insert core of the buck is replaceable and has 4 surfaces that can withstand shots. The core is easily replaceable as well and is sold separately by Field Logic.
It offers five times the insert shooting surface taking up to 1000 shots compared to similar 3D targets. The target is compatible with all sorts of broadhead and fieldtip arrows.
The only con in my eyes is the price of the replaceable core which is quite a blow to your wallet. Other than that, if you’re in the market for a 3D target, you might wanna consider the GlenDel Buck 3D Target.
8. Morrell Yellow Jacket YJ-350
The Yellow Jacket YJ-350 is the first bag target by Morrell on this list.
This target can be used for both crossbow and compound bows. The bright yellow color that it is offered in makes the target easy to see from yards away. The stopping power on this one is another notable feature and allows for easy removal of arrows.
This particular model is also well known for taking thousands of shots.
The only downside of this is that only field point arrows can be used or else you’re causing too much damage to the bag. The YJ-350 also has a budget friendly price tag.
7. Morrell Yellow Jacket Stinger Field
Another superb bag target by Morrell is the Yellow Jacket Stinger.
This one, however, is used to shoot traditional and compound bows.
The color is bright yellow just like the previous model.
The most notable feature of this model is that it is extremely lightweight compared to a lot of bag targets. The construction is weatherproof which is guaranteed by the company itself.
It has 38 layers in it which guarantees a high stopping power for your arrows. Once they’re shot, the easy-to-remove design ensures that you don’t have to work much to pull them out.
6. Archery 40cm & 80cm Targets by Longbow
What we have over here is a bit different from the rest on this list but highly recommended nonetheless.
These targets by Longbow Archery come in packs of various numbers. They’re printed as per official standards. The quality of the heavy-duty archery paper is highly respectable. This also ensures the hole size to be small upon impact to guarantee prolonged usage.
The best part is that you can use it shoot just about every type of arrow. They are extremely affordable as well. We recommend this highly if you’re looking to practice more precision style shooting.
5. Hurricane Bag Archery Target
Presenting you another entry from Field Logic, this time the Hurricane.
The bright orange centers of the aiming points at the front ensures visibility from a long-range.
The backside displays the body parts of a deer, a pretty neat feature for hunters.
Fieldpoint arrows are recommended for this particular target.
It comes with a 1000 P.S.I Tri-Core Technology which provides a long target life.
The bag is portable as well as it has a heavy-duty strap handle. However, some have mentioned that pulling out arrows has been a hefty task for this one. Nonetheless, this makes our list thanks to its smart design.
4. Block GenZ Series Youth Archery
Another sleek-looking target by Field Logic, the Block GenZ Youth is specifically designed for young archers coming new to the sport.
The white on black aiming points offer perfect visibility. Aiming points of varying sizes ensure you get to shoot with respect to the difficulty level that you want. The open-layered technology applied to this helps in the easy removal of your arrows. The handle on it also makes this target portable.
Compatible with field tips, broadheads, and even expandables. The overall construction of it isn’t too pleasing, however. But still, it comes in at budget friendly price point so it makes the list.
3. Field Logic Block Back
Field Logic just doesn’t seem to get off of this list and we can’t even blame them.
This foam one comes with targets on all four of its sides.
The sturdy foam construction of the bag is compatible with both broadheads and field tips.
The high-density core assures the immense stopping power required for your shots.
It’s a pretty lightweight archery bag and portable as well with the carrying handle. Removal of arrows isn’t usually an issue on this either as long as you’re shooting from a distance. The Block Back is recommended for use with crossbows. Offering a host of features, however the Field Logic Block Back does have a bit more of a heftier price tag.
2. Rinehart RhinoBlock
Rinehart makes a comeback on this list and this time it is the Rinehart RhinoBlock foam target.
The 6-sided cube offers multiple targets including a 3D rendition of the inside of a deer.
I personally love the colorway on this. The green aiming points over the black really pop out a lot offering superb visibility at large distances.
The aiming points also vary in radius, something to put into consideration for archers and hunters who want to take their accuracy to the next level.
The standout feature, however, is the self-healing foam which is able to withstand multiple shots without taking any real damage whatsoever. You can use broadheads, field points or even expandable tips to shoot with.
The rope handle makes potability a breeze.
The only downside might be the fact that not all of the inserts are replaceable and yes you guessed it, such technology comes in at reasonably hefty price aswell running around the $200 mark. Be reminded though, every penny is well worth it and this style of taget will last for years upon years.
1. Morrell Double Duty 450 FPS
It is no surprise that a bag of Morrell takes the number one spot on our list.
The Double Duty 450 FPS takes the crown of the best archery target.
The signature bright yellow color is the most usual visual feature on this one.
This target is well-known for its capability of stopping the fastest bows one can shoot. Compound, traditional, crossbow or even airbow- you name your bow and the Double Duty will stop it with all its might.
If that isn’t impressive enough, it even offers replaceable covers once you’re done with shooting thousands of bows at it. The material on the bag doesn’t seem to degrade at all even after all that.
Featuring an offset target technology, it ensures prolonged target life. Durability is literally the middle name for this target.
Arrow removal is as easy as it gets. Easy tote carrying handles give you the portability you need. Packed with all these features, at around the $70 price tag, you really can’t complain.
Wrapping things up…
Unfortunately, we had to leave out quite a few noteworthy targets that might have missed making it to this list out by an inch or two.
If it is any consolation, we’re glad to add them to our honorable mentions, and may do a review on them at a later stage.
Our honorable mentions include the Morrell Yellow Jacket Supreme, Bone Collector 400FPS and the Delta Riverbottom Series Challenger 3D Buck. We gladly recommend taking a look at these archery bags if for some reason the ones on our list don’t satisfy your requirements or you prefer to shoot at something different.
With so many quality archery bags available in the market, it’s not easy at all to pick out the best archery target.
Each archery target irrespective of its type has its own strengths and weaknesses.
What it boils down to at the end of the day is how much you get out of it for the price you pay. What also makes a difference is how it affects your growth as an archer or a hunter. If it doesn’t help you bring your A-game, it doesn’t really matter.
With all that in mind, we recommend you do your own research aswell before you pick your target. Take into consideration your bow and arrow setup and choose accordingly. Here’s to wishing you hit bulls eye with your choice!
Til next time,
Happy Huntin’ & Fishin’,