Inexpensive DIY Archery Target

As I have journeyed into traditional archery I have needed to acquire more tools and gear. I wanted to start shooting and practicing in my back yard, but needed a target to shoot at. As much as I wanted an awesome 3D elk target, my budget and girlfriend were not approving. Also I just spent extra money on a top notch Bear bow and arrows setup so didn’t want to drop another $70-$100 on a target. I thought about a hay bale but that would get wet and not last that long, plus leave a mess. Then I started looking at the targets online and thought I could make my own. I searched around on the internet and found tons of options for DIY archery targets. So that afternoon I decided to make my own. While I was out at Costo, I asked if they had any left over or extra boxes and pallet wrap. Surprise surprise, Costco had tons and let me take what ever I wanted. While I was there, I got $7 worth of duct tape to add some waterproof capabilities to the cardboard box. I took it home and put it all together in 2 hours. While the finished target is very rough and not the most beautiful target in the world, it only cost $7! Plus I got to choose the target size I wanted and the patterns. It lets me practice more often in the back yard and save on driving to and entry fees at archery ranges every time.

Free Cardboard Box & Pallet Wrap

Free Cardboard Box & Pallet Wrap

Cutting & Assembling

Cutting & Assembling

Stuffing the Target

Stuffing the Target

Finished DIY Inexpensive Archery Target

Finished DIY Inexpensive Archery Target

The target performs great! It stops the arrows even when I am at full draw at 5 yards away. Also the arrows are easy to remove with just one hand. While I love getting into the sport of traditional archery, my wallet doesn’t. This project just proved to me that I can use my creativity, the internet, and asking around to not let my budget stand in the way of becoming a better traditional archer.

-Jon Dykes

Rose City Archery – Pro Staff

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