The 5 Best Archery Targets

The 5 Best Archery Targets

The top reasons that you need to have the best archery target you can get your hands on is to protect your arrows, make sure the arrows get stopped, and has a long target life.  These sound simple and I’m sure that most targets will do this for a couple of arrows, but let’s say you shoot 10 arrows a day for a year.  That’s 3,650 arrows into one target every year!  Even if you shoot half that or less most targets that seem OK at first glance may not hold up to this level of use, especially if you want to shoot more than 10 arrows a day. Most of my acquaintances from backgrounds in archery and bow hunting agree that most of the time, you get what you pay for with targets. It is far better to buy a more premium target as your first archery target so that you can get used to shooting at the same target continuously, at the same time getting more mileage out of it and ultimately saving money.

best archery targets

Archery targets

First, a few tips on caring for your target.

  1. Sun and weather can make your target wear down much quicker. If you can’t put it somewhere covered, at least try to put a tarp on it.  That being said, a couple of weeks here and there in harsher elements shouldn’t have too much of an impact on your target if it is well made.
  2. Keep your archery targets away from pets or animals, especially dogs!  I learned that one by experience. I am amazed what can be done in one minute by two teething Labrador Retrievers.
  3. Don’t use broadheads when practicing with a target, broadheads are designed to tear and will greatly decrease the life of your target. Be sure to use practice arrowheads if possible.

Now on to the best archery targets

The 5 Best Archery Targets

 

The Bone Collector

The two big things with targets are stopping power and how easy it is to pull out your arrows.  This target does both very well.  It’s only made for target points, but don’t let that stop you because this block will hold up for years of use.  This one comes in white and yellow with different shoot able sides and faces.  I found the link for the yellow one.  This target is pretty big and heavy at 19 inches on each side and 32 pounds, you shouldn’t lose it.  Priced around $70-100, this is an excellent target.

Hurricane Archery Bag Target

Shoot the hurricane! This bag target does a great job of stopping arrows and letting you pull them out without much effort.  A bag target normally does better with a stand, but this one still seems to do very well on its own.  The burlap type material will eventually wear out, but it’s going to take a lot of use to get to that point.  The target has a set of deer vitals on the back to double the life of the target.  Priced around $50, you get a great target that should last for years.

Black B 20 Archery Target

This is the target that I use at home.  I love shooting the block.  This is a combination target which means that it can handle field points and broad heads.  You can shoot all 4 sides and the black and white gives you a nice high contrast to focus on.  The only downside is that these types of targets grip the arrow tighter to be able to handle broad heads.  Broadheads can even rip the foam out of the target, but they can do that to any target.  A solid target that will last for a very long time.  Priced around $115 -130, you get a great target for the money.

Field Logic Classic Block Target

A classic foam layered target that stops arrows through friction, this target has great stopping power.  This block is just a bit smaller and lighter than the others so if a heavy target is a problem, then this is the solution.  I originally started out shooting a foam layered target and have always had a good experience.  This one is no different.  If you’re shooting a heavyweight high-speed bow, this one might move a bit.  Priced around $70-200, this target works well for all ages

Rinehart broadhead target

Designed as a broadhead target, this block gives you 18 different spots to shoot at.  This one will grip your arrow very tightly to stop broadheads fast.  I love the angled corners because you need that if you’re going to be shooting from an elevated position.  A lot of people have gotten them with blurry painting so heads up.  This target does exactly what it was designed for, stopping broad heads.  Priced around $110-150 for an arrow stopping machine.

Shooting a good target makes archery more fun and enjoyable.  You’ll get more fun out of your time shooting when you have a target that stops your arrows, lasts a long time, and it’s easy to get your arrows back.

The 5 Best Broadhead Cases

The 5 Best Broadhead Cases

I’m a huge supporter of taking care of your equipment.  This means that you need to get the best broadhead case you can to take care of your arrows and broadheads.  These things are super sharp and you don’t want them to accidentally cut someone.  That would be an awful thing to happen.

You’re going to have to keep your broadheads somewhere.  You might as well just put them into a case that will protect them and keep them safe from damage and accidentally hurting others.  Most of these cases are really cheap and what you get is easily worth the price.  Seriously, how about no cut fingers for $7.  Not a bad deal is it?

The Best Broadhead Cases

 

MTM Broadhead Box (Clear) – Probably the best box for the money.  At about $6 you get a box that can hold up to 16 broadheads.  The case also has a clear lid so that you can see what’s in it and make sure everything is good with only a glance.  The only thing you need to be aware of is to make sure that your broadheads will fit before you buy.  At 2.7″ most broadheads will fit, but be sure to measure yours to make sure.

 

Rage Cage Broadhead Case (Holds-6), Red – This case is specifically designed for Rage mechanical broadheads, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t be used for other ones that also fit the same dimensions.  This case is a solid and nice small package that protects your arrow heads.  It is made to fit the specific rage broadheads so if you want to try a different broadhead, be sure to check dimensions to see if it will fit.  Priced around $9, it’s a good price either way.

 

Plano Archery Accessory Box (Camo) – A toolbox that will hold all of your arrow accessories including broadheads, this case features a tray that lifts out and has a foam insert to securely hold your broadheads.  You’ll be able to fit more than just broadheads in this box which makes it easier to keep everything you’ll need.  Especially if you are using over size broadheads or need to keep extra gear together.  Priced around $19, it’s a good deal.

 

MTM Arrow Plus Case (36 Arrows, Black) – While not only a broadhead case, many arrow cases have a section for broadheads and that’s a nice feature in this arrow case.  It’s made for up to 36 arrows and has compartments to hold extra gear, like broadheads.  You can put the broadheads in as it is, or you can put your broadhead box in this case.  Priced around $32-35, it’s a great way to keep all your arrrows and accessories together.

 

Plano Broadhead Box – This broadhead box is really handy becuase it features the benefits of a larger box with a handle and liftout tray, but for a much smaller assembly.  It has space for your broadheads and then has a tray that goes on top that you can put in other parts and accessories.  If you had large broadheads, then you could just takeout the tray if you needed.  Priced around $8, it’s a great value price.

 

I hope that you’ll seriously consider protecting your gear.  If you protect your gear it will help protect you.  I’m not selling any of these, but I am trying to help you stay safe and enjoy all the different aspects of archery.  The products are linked to Amazon so that you can look at all the other reviews and decide which one is best for you.  The links are affiliate links and if you choose to make a purchase, then I will make a small commission but this won’t change the price and the profit will go to helping make this site a better and more useful resource.

The 5 Best Bowfishing Kits

The 5 Best Bowfishing Kits

Now that hunting season has come to a close, many archers are figuring they’re done for a while.  Say it isn’t so.  Let me introduce you to bowfishing if you’ve never heard of it.  Fishing with a bow.  Talk about a perfect marriage of two awesome things.

There are some rules and regulations for bowfishing so make sure what you can shoot in your state.  Typically it’s anything except the main game fish so most people go for carp, gar, stingrays, or anything that likes to be close to the surface or shallow water.  To get you started fast, here are some of the best bowfishing kits that you can just pickup and go with.  Since it’s getting to be that time of year, I’ll be doing a bit more writing on bowfishing, so heads up.

Some of the best Bowfishing kits

 

PSE Discovery Bowfishing Package – This is a complete ready to go kit that comes with higher quality accessories you’ll actually want including a good reel, line, arrows with tips, and a rest.  The 30″ max draw length and a constant 40lbs draw weight help it for snap shooting.  A very solid deal and priced around $299 to $330 for a great set from the beginning.  There is also a 29lbs version if needed.

 

Arrow Precision Frenzy Bowfishing Set – This is a lightweight ready to shoot package that has all you need to shoot from the get go.  The roller rest is great for bowfishing and the only couple improvements could be changing to a reel and a beefy serving on the string.  This bow has a constant draw of 40lbs out to 31# and includes 30 yards of 80lb line to bag your trophy.  Priced around $190 to 220, you’ll get all you need to start.

 

PSE Tidal Wave Bowfishing Package – This kit is a top of the line setup focusing on lightweight, snap style shooting, and hitting the ground running without the need to consider upgrades.  You’ve got an AMS reel setup, arrows, line, and rest.  It has an adjustable max draw of 30″ if you need to set it shorter and a constant 40lb draw weight.  Priced around $390 to $420 it’s probably the best bowfishing kit to start with.

 

Martin Saber Takedown Bow Fishing Kit– This recurve bow kit packs all you need into one package and offers a good value and price for everything you need to get started.  You’ll get the vibration dampened handle and smooth shot with this system.  The kit comes with it’s own case, arrows, spool, and it’s ready to go.  It does have a plastic tab arrow rest that you might want to upgrade.  Priced around $199 to $215, it’s a great starter kit.

 

PSE Kingfisher Bowfishing Kit – The Kingfisher is a recurve bow that comes in three different weights of 40, 45, and 50 and includes all the things you’ll need to shoot right out of the box.  It features a snap shot rest, arrow, line spool, and 5o ft of 80 lb line.  It can have a bit of vibration, but that’s an easy fix.  It’s a very solid bow and will deliver great results.  Priced around $140 to $180 it’s a great choice for those on a budget.

 

These are 5 great choices to help you find what the best bowfishing kits would be for you.  As always, I linked them to Amazon so you can check out all the reviews and options for yourself.  It never hurts to read some reviews. 

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The 5 Best Whisker Biscuits

The 5 Best Whisker Biscuits

When you start setting up your bow, you’re going to need a solid arrow rest to keep your arrow secure and allow it to be fired without affecting its flight performance negatively.  There are lots of different arrows rests out there.  I’ve spent time trying out and looking around for the best whisker biscuit bang for your buck out there.

What is a whisker biscuit?

A whisker biscuit is an arrow rest that uses stiff bristles to form a ring around the arrow.  The bristles hold the arrow in place and when the arrow is released, the vanes pass through the bristles.  The rest was designed to securely hold the arrow on your bow until it’s shot.  Don’t forget that they come in different sizes and you’ll need to decide which one is going to be the right fit for your arrows.

I’m sure you’re so happy to read all this, but let’s get down to the good stuff shall we?  I’m a fan of Trophy Ridge and normally, I try to focus on more than one brand, but for some reason Trophy Ridge is about all I can find and know of that really gets things taken care of when it comes to whisker biscuits.  Perhaps it’s because they made the original?   Now there are partial whisker biscuits called capture rests and some of them do work well, I’ve found one that was alright, but I’m not a fan of that style most of the time.

The 5 best whisker biscuits

 


Trophy Ridge Sure Shot Pro Whisker Biscuit Arrow Right Hand Rest (Black, Medium)– I believe this is the best whisker biscuit made by Trophy Ridge.  This one is made from aluminum and it’s adjustable to make it super easy to get perfectly lined up on your bow.  The rubber housing on the tips keeps things quiet and this is the most rugged, adjustable, and durable whisker biscuit rest that I have found.  Priced around $55-65 you’ll get the top of the line secure capture rest.


Trophy Ridge Quick Shot Whisker Biscuit Arrow Rest, Medium – Another great Trophy Ridge rest, the original quick shot rest is for both right and left hand.  It has some decent adjustability to help you get it tuned properly.  If you’re looking to get a good rest at a good price, this is a great value.  It can be found at a price range around $35-45 which gives you a pretty good rest for a good price.

 

Trophy Ridge Whisker Biscuit Kill Shot Arrow Rest, Medium, Black– The third Trophy Ridge rest that really takes the cake for value and quality of whisker rests is the Kill Shot.  You’re arrows will be secure and fly great with this rest.  Heads up that this is cast aluminum on this model and that means you shouldn’t over tighten it.  There’s also plastic on the bristle housing, but you’ll find that this is a pretty good compromise on price and value.  Priced around $35-55 for a great value full capture rest.

 


Buffalo Whisker Biscuit Kill Shot Arrow Rest Brush Whisker Medium Arrow Rest Right and Left Hand for compound bow Camouflage – The best features of this rest is that it can hold up to more expensive rests but for a fraction of the cost.  The full capture whisker biscuit will hold your arrows securely and it’s right and left-handed so you can put it on your bow and get it set up quickly and easily.  Priced around $25 for a decent rest that will cover almost all of your shooting needs.

 


Medium Arrow Rest Right and Left Hand – Camo – If you just want to get a basic whisker biscuit arrow rest that will take care of most of your shooting needs, then this is the rest for you.  It will take care of your arrow and get you down the range more accurate than any off the shelf shot would be.  Priced around $20, you’ll get a decent rest and it’ll make for a better shot.

There are many different types of arrow rests out there and the whisker biscuit is just one of many choices.  I hope that these help you decide the best whisker biscuit if that is the route that you choose to go on.

The links in this post are to amazon.  I really appreciate you reading this post and I want to help you in your archery efforts.  I wish you the best of luck and hope you get to go shoot more often.

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5 Great Wooden Longbows

5 Great Wooden Longbows

There’s a certain elegance and joy shooting a one piece wooden longbow that gives you great satisfaction and just feels good.  I have shot a PSE Sequoia for years and I’ve really enjoyed it.  It might not be a custom bow, but when you’re interested in a traditional longbow, you either end up with one of three things.  A beginner bow that is very weak, a mid range mass-produced bow that is a solid and very good bow, or a very expensive custom handmade bow.  Today, I want to talk about that mid range where you want more than a beginner bow, but you don’t want to throw down several more hundred dollars for a custom handmade bow that may or may not be what you’re looking for.

The bows here are some of my favorite mid range, mass-produced, one piece wooden longbows.  These aren’t beginner bows, these are the real thing with heavier draw weights that pack a huge punch and are real weapons.  Most are around 40-55 pounds, well at least that’s what it’ll be rated for at 28 inches.  What you’ll actually be pulling back will depend on your draw length.  So let’s get started.

5 great wooden longbows

 

October Mountain Products Ozark Hunter Longbow –  This smooth shooting traditional styled longbow.  The grip isn’t too big and it comes unwrapped, so you can do that if you want it.  The laminated woods make it look and shoot like a custom-made bow.  Be sure to check your packaging for the bow-string as some people haven’t gotten a string with the bow.  A quick call will fix that problem.  Draw weights for this bow are between 35-50.  This is an excellent bow and priced around $220-280, you get a smooth shooting high quality bow.

 

Bear Archery Montana 64 Longbow –  The first thing you might notice about this bow is how light it is.  It may be light, but it sure is strong.  It shoots arrows smoothly and quietly with its FastFlight string.  The reflex deflex design really help lower the weight of the bow while still maintaining excellent power.  The draw weights range between 50 to 60 lbs.  Priced around $350-400, this is an excellent high quality bow that works very well.

 

PSE Wolverine Bow–  The dark finish on this bow plus the thicker riser gives you a solid and powerful design that is a offers a very strong bow.  This bow can handle long draw lengths easily, which is a huge problem for many archers.  There is a big logo on the bow, but that doesn’t affect its performance.  This bow has draw weights between 35-60 and is priced around $200 which makes it an affordable and excellent choice for a mix of quality and price.

 

Martin Archery Savannah Stealth Longbow –  A beautiful wood grain finish complements the power and speed that this bow delivers.  It’s a top of the line bow and feels much more like a custom bow than a mass-produced one.  Don’t forget to buy a pad for the arrows shelf, that’s about the only thing missing.  The reflex design on this bow really helps it store a lot of power and it delivers as a very high quality bow.  Draw weights are from 40-65 and it’s priced around $420 to $550.

 

OMP Sierra Longbow–  October Mountain Products Sierra 68″ Longbow for the classic longbow archer with an eye on quality. The Sierra is of high quality and crafted from maple and walnut woods, with a custom finish. Features clear fiberglass limbs with reinforced limb tips. Available in your choice 45 or 50-lb. draw weights. Priced around $250

 

These bows are real power houses and make no mistake, these are not toys and they’re also not beginner bows either.  I always recommend trying out bows in person at first.  A traditional bow has a personality and feel, much like an old car, and you’ll find that certain bows match you perfectly.  I wish you the best in finding your ideal bow.

Some of these links go to Amazon so you can check out the product and make your own decision. These are good products and you can read all the reviews on Amazon as well to help you decide what you would like.

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The 5 Best Compound Bow Packages

The 5 Best Compound Bow Packages

It’s time to get serious about getting a compound bow.  I’ve been really looking to the best compound bow packages out there.  There are lots of great options and I almost feel like I could just close my eyes and pick and I’d do alright, but I don’t want just a “good” bow.  Nope, I want the “best” and I think that’s the way it should be.  After all, there are tons of super smart people making these things and I sure don’t mind benefiting from all their hard work.

I’m not going to rank these because they’re all really good and will fit each person a little different.  But, throwing all that aside, I’m going to look for the durability, quality of the bow, and quality of the accessories to come up with what I think are the best compound bow packages.  There’s no point in getting a bow package if you’re going to have to turn right around and buy parts to replace the accessories.  So that’s a bit of what I’m looking for.

I’ll put a link to the products to go where I found a good deal on it so you can check it out for yourself and read the reviews and what not there.  I’m also a big fan of getting plenty of information, so that’s why I do that.

Just so you know, none of these bows come with arrows.  None of the adult ready to shoot systems come with arrows so don’t expect it.  The bow package is only the bow and it’s accessories that are attached to the bow.  You’ll have to get your own arrows and if you want some help, then here are some of the best carbon arrows.

Best compound bow packages

Infinite Edge Bow Package –  The amazing versatility of this bow is so cool.  It can literally be set to work for almost every single person out there.  It’s only missing a stabilizer and bow sling, but neither of these are necessary to have a great shooting experience.  I’d recommend checking this one out for sure.  I didn’t rank these, but I might put this in the top two.  The accessories are good for a bow in this price range.  You can always upgrade if you want.  Priced around $320-350, I like it a lot.

 

Bear Archery Apprentice Bow Package – The perfect Ready to Shoot system for anyone getting a first real bow or someone with a smaller stature.  The max draw length is 27″, but don’t let that stop you from thinking this isn’t the real deal.  The only accessory it doesn’t come with is a stabilizer and bow sling, which isn’t a big deal at all.  Priced around $250-290, you can do lots of growing with this bow.

 

PSE Ready To Shoot Surge Bow Package – This is another one of my favorites.  Packed with all the features you’d need and the replacement to the very successful Brute series, you’ll find that this lighter version packs all the punch you need and an adjustable draw length out to 30″ makes sure it will fit almost everyone.  The accessories are good and you get all the things you’d need.  All that’s left to get are arrows and you’re ready to go.  Priced around $475-500, you’ll get everything you need.

 

PSE Ready to Shoot Stinger – One of the RTS systems that showed me the light.  This bow package is a great lower budget bow that packs lots of punch and delivers with good accessories to make for a good shooting experience right out of the box.  Priced around $320-400, it’s a very good and solid shooting platform.

 

Diamond Archery Carbon Cure RAK Package – This compound bow package has two great features.  First, the bow is adjustable over a good range to let you tailor it to your needs.  The second is the accessories are pretty good with this bow.  You get a 3 pin sight, whisker biscuity rest, stabilizer, peep sight, and bow sling which means you’ve got everything you need to start shooting good groups from the beginning.  The whisker biscuit style rest isn’t the best one ever, but it is pretty solid.  Priced around $550, you do get a complete system.

These are the best compound bow packages for beginners and experienced shooters.  Most of the ones that are being made now have the amazing adjust-ability built-in to help them fit each person and increase their skill with little to no effort.  How’s that for an awesome experience.

The last note I want to make about these bows.  You can always find better pieces and accessories if you put together your own bow from scratch.  I’m interested in finding the best bow that you don’t have to go find extra parts or replace things from the beginning.  None of these are perfect, but these are all very very good and should definitely be given a look to see which will work best for you.

 

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