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burlyman 06-26-2010 05:22 PM

shooting into bails of hay?
this is only my 2nd year bowhunting. last year a buddy of mine gave me his old shooting block to practice. after going to the store today, i saw the cheapest block target was 90 dollars!!! i know a few guys that practice shooting bails of hay but other guys tell me it damages arrows. are bails of hay ok to shoot into or should i spend the money on a legit target? thanks!

SchuLace 06-26-2010 06:17 PM

A legit tartet is alot easier to move around than a bale of hay.

I have that target and it works great. I have probably 500 arrows in the one side and it still has at least that left in it, plus there is the other side that looks brand new.

sixgunluvr 06-26-2010 06:56 PM

Delta Quad
One of these will last you a long long time.

Kybuckhunter 06-26-2010 07:29 PM

I used straw bails for many years. They are about 3 bucks apiece and last a long time...especially if you buy some all-thread and make a little press to keep it tight. They can't really be moved because they get wet and heavy. But if you want cheap then its the way to go...but only for field points.

basementshooter 06-27-2010 03:53 AM

Hay bails are "ok" as long as your arrow fletches do not penetrate. In time (very short time) they will peel back and you will end up spending cash on re-fletching. Hinse damage to your arrows.

KYDeerHunter03 06-27-2010 04:39 AM

You can find targets WAY cheaper than 90 bucks. In my opinion the actual "block" targets aint worth the money they are marked for. I just got a Rinehart 3d target to practice with and supposedly its supposed to last for years and have the self healing foam.

Well after 3 separate days I have shot it...theres already big chunks flying off. So everything is gonna get destroyed so might as well get something cheap and shoot the crap out of it :)

basementshooter 06-27-2010 04:58 AM

You can go "green" and buy recycled targets. I don't know what the core is made of but I shoot these in by basement regular @ 10yds and my arrows stop at around 8" penetrated with my Z7. This is by far the best target for the price.

24H X 20H X 12D" 20lbs

OhioBowhunter 06-27-2010 05:38 PM

ive only shot into round bails at long distances so i know the arrow wont go very deep in but ive had my block for 4 years now and its still in good shape

pighunter270 06-27-2010 08:36 PM

Hay bales work great if you are using field tips. They dull broadheads really fast though. Once your fletching gets close to penetrating, replace the bale. That being said, I use a glen del buck. I have used it for about a year and I am ready for a new insert.

Bernie P. 06-28-2010 05:31 AM

I used them for years.They work great with field points.

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