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Old 03-28-2005, 07:59 AM
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I made a shed, 4' wide-5' high and 2' deep. 2 doors in front that when open add 2' on each side a slightly pitched roof to which I have a shingled awning type piece attached with hinges which adds an additional 15" above when opened and protects the doors when down. This protects the haybails which are free after halloween and thanksgiving. Everyone just throws them away. I place a 3d in front or a papper target for the youngsters. Their bows don't quit penetrate the 3 d.

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Old 03-28-2005, 07:13 PM
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Phew, some real good ideas there. I would shy away from the plywood and OSB, as your arrow traveling along at over 270 fps is likely not to fair well in that media.

I've never been one that likes to part with money, so here's what I do. Stop off at your local supermarket and ask the guys in the back, (shipping receiving area) if they have any old shrink wrap. A big warehouse should have a ton of it on hand too. Most of the guys will be glad to give it to you for free, just to get rid of it.

Pack the used shrink wrap tightly into nylon chop sacks, that you can pick up for pennies at any local feed store. They take very little time to assemble, are light weight and are very resistant to the elements. Place a row behind your target bag for those ultra long range practice sessions and you're good to go.

Short of that, the carpet idea would be my next choice... although it would be prone to getting moldy if you left it outside. Most of the carpet places will give you old sections of carpet from jobs they've replaced too. The only bad thing there is you never know what foreign substance might be on it. Ewwwww... now that could prove to be nasty. [:-] LOL.
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