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These are the best 3D archery targets you can buy.
When it comes to bowhunting, practice makes perfect. The best bowhunters practice all summer long in the heat with their recurve or compound to make sure when the moment of truth arrives, they'll be ready. The best way to practice for that moment is with life-like animal targets rather than bag targets or block targets because it helps you better visualize the moment when that big shooter buck walks out. Gear like this also just makes target practice more fun! Especially if you are practicing from a treestand in the yard. There are plenty of 3D targets on the market, but we've done the research and figured out which ones are probably most deserving of your hard-earned money. These targets offer easy arrow removal coupled with the ability to add replacement inserts for use season after season.
1. Our Top Pick for Whitetail Deer Hunting
Field Logic GlenDel Full Rut Buck 3D Archery Target - Amazon, $277.87
This one is a little pricey at $277, but it gets great reviews for durability and the size of the target, which Field Logic says is comparable to a 150-inch, 300-pound whitetail. The midsection is easily replaceable and comes with an overlay of vital organs so you can see just how effective your groups are. The Glendel Buck is made to stop both field tips and broadheads, although we've noticed some people online saying arrows are difficult to remove if you're shooting heavier draw weights from compound bows. They also make a pre-rut version of this target.
2. A Quality Buck on a Budget
Field Logic GlenDel Full Rut Buck 3D Archery Target - Amazon, $105.29
This deer target is again, slightly smaller than a real whitetail. But it gets points for the realism. This target features a replaceable midsection that can stand up to both compounds and crossbows. Probably the best part of this target is the price point. At only $105, it's a good way for archers on a budget to start getting more realistic with their practice.
3. Best for Bear Hunting
Delta McKenzie Aim Rite Bear - Amazon, $239.99
I've owned a Delta target for years myself. It's a deer target, but I can tell you these targets hold up very well. This is a mid-priced target for bear hunters to hone their skills in preparation for their next hunt or for someone who just wants to add a little more variety to their home 3D course. Bear targets can be pretty pricey, but this one is reasonable at $239.
4. The Ultimate Splurge for a 3D Course
Delta Pro 3D Elk Target - Amazon, $2,314.30
If you're looking for one of the biggest targets you can buy for the ultimate 3D course, you've found it. This huge target weighs over 400 pounds, so you'd best get some help setting it up. If you're going to be serious about bowhunting elk, this is a good way to prepare. This is one expensive target, though. It goes from $1,200-$2,300 depending on where you buy it.
5. A Pair of Critters for Backyard Practice
BIGSHOT Pro Hunter Raccoon and Groundhog combo - Amazon, $160.39
Two targets for the price of one. Now you can start building out that 3D archery range with your buddies with some more challenging, smaller targets. This also adds a little more variety to a range filled only with big game options. These targets feature self-healing foam and are extremely durable to the elements.
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