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If I just hang a heavy duty tarp behind my target for my bow and and put a big piece of plywood behind the tarp...Will that serve the purpose of a good back stop?

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

And i come from a non-hunting family...My uncle is the one who takes me out and teaches me everything...So as long as i can show my dad it'll stop the arrow, there will be no problems.

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

i wouldnt use that, but if u can find some squair hay bales or straw bales that will work the best.

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I wouldn't use it because it might damage your arrows if you miss your target. Hay bales work well for stopping arrows. Practice a lot and good luck.

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Yeah bgreen, that'll ruin your arrow tips. You can just come down to my house and use my target when I get home.

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

ok well someone that answered my question about it before said to just use a heavy duty tarp and it will stop it in its tracks

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from backcountrybeagle wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

If You are using cheap field points on the arrows then they may get stuck in the plywood. Straw bales would be best.

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

problem is i live in the suburbs so theres no farms or anything near my house ..i mean its not really far at all but i dont know where to get them

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

In a pinch you can use large bags of mulch if you can't find bales of straw.

Keep in mind the tarp I had in mind was a heavy canvas from a military tent.

Also, if safety is going to be an issue do not shoot your bow at home. Arrows that glance off the side of a target have a nasty habit of flying off in odd directions.

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I have a pretty big yard and i already have an idea to stop the arrow if it glances off the side so its just the idea of having something to stop it if i miss..But now i that i think of it i think this one guy might be able to get me some bails so i should be in business

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Del's suggestion of the Coffeebean bags looks like a keeper to me. I don't know what they are but I'm very sure that he knows what he's talking about. If you can't find them and want a target on the cheap, simply get a cardboard box and fill it with rags or stuff it totally full of heavy plastic. If you shoot at a tarp hanging if front of plywood your going too whistle your arrows right on through the tarp and probably damage some of your arrows. Whatever you use be careful and start shooting at very close range until your used to hitting the target regularly.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Coffeebean bags work so good I bought several extra bags last time I was in England for my friends. I got them at a place called Monmouth ST. Coffee company. They have a website just do a search. You can probably find the bags in this country. Been using for 2 years and bags still look new. Just do what liberty said and shoot at very close range. I don't use a backstop in my backyard. Honestly I have never missed the bag in 3 years.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

You can probably find baled straw at your local garden supply or feed and seed store.

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Thanks Del

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

You should use a piece of plywood in front of a bale of hay/straw. If you do this the arrow will penatrate the plywood, and then stop in the hay. This way you don't loose any aroows either way. (I mean by getting them lost in the hay alone or having them go right through the plywood alone.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I wouldn't shoot plywood, it can shatter your arrow or just crack it so when you fire it again it shatters as you let it go.......... straw works for me .

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Another thing. If you hit 3/4 inch plywood with an arrow it will likely penetrate but not pass thru. The arrow may be damaged when it hits and they stick pretty tight and are very hard to remove if I remember correctly. During my Alaska days a bunch of soldiers had a range set up in an aircraft hangar to get out of the cold. They used plywood behind a large tight bale of carboard boxes. The cardboard would really stop arrows but they would be very hard to pull.

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from JOHN ANDERSON wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

YOU CAN FILL A GUNNYSACK FULL OF WADDED UP NEWS PAPERS IT WILL TAKE A BUNCH.THEN GET YOU A ROLL OF THAT PLASTIC WRAP THEY USE ON PALLETS WRAP UP THE GUNNY SACK. MAKE IT NICE AND TIGHT. AND YOULL HAVE A GOOD TARGET.WITHOUT THE COST/MESS OF STRAW BALES. YOU CAN PATCH THE WEAR SPOTS WITH GRAY TAPE.ID USE CHEAP FIELDPOINTS IF YOU USE THE PLYBOARD\TARP BACK DROP. ITS EASY TO REPLACE AN ARROW,THEN HAVING IT GO WHERE ITS NOT INTENDED. GOOD LUCK.

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from smokepole wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

it could ruin an arrow. the mulch idea is what i have found works the best in your situation. Or even if you could get a few square bales from a farmer they will be like 2 bucks apiece and work great.

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from kyle wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I made a home made target about 8 years ago and its still like new.

What you will need:
2-2"x10"x36" board
2-1/2" x 36" threaded rod
4-washers
8-nuts to fit the threaded rod
enough cardboard cut the the size of 2 1/2 feet long by 10 inches that when you stack then it would be 2 to 2 1/2 feet high.
The first thing to do is drill a 1/2 inch hole in both of the 2x10s about 4 inches from the end.(make sure it is in the center of the board. Now take you rods and on one end put on a washer then two nuts of the rods. Slide the rods through one of the boards. Now lay the board down so the rods are sticking up in the air. Now take the cardboard you have cut down and lay them on the board between the rods. Take the other board and slip the rod above the cardboard. Now the cardboard should be between the boards. Take the washers and nuts and put them on just like you did on the bottom. Now just crank the top nuts evenly to compress the cardbord together. If you start make a hole from the arrows grouping simply loosen it up and shift the layers of the cardboard around. I did made a stand to put it on so however you want to do it its up to you. Now being having cardboard I advice you to putting inside when not using. Make sure you tighting it down evenly, Not once did a arrow made it through half way and pulls out pretty easy. If you built one let me know how it works for you. I am heading north this weekend and I will take some pics of it and post it when I get back.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Coffeebean bags work so good I bought several extra bags last time I was in England for my friends. I got them at a place called Monmouth ST. Coffee company. They have a website just do a search. You can probably find the bags in this country. Been using for 2 years and bags still look new. Just do what liberty said and shoot at very close range. I don't use a backstop in my backyard. Honestly I have never missed the bag in 3 years.

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I wouldn't use it because it might damage your arrows if you miss your target. Hay bales work well for stopping arrows. Practice a lot and good luck.

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from Skeeb wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Yeah bgreen, that'll ruin your arrow tips. You can just come down to my house and use my target when I get home.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

In a pinch you can use large bags of mulch if you can't find bales of straw.

Keep in mind the tarp I had in mind was a heavy canvas from a military tent.

Also, if safety is going to be an issue do not shoot your bow at home. Arrows that glance off the side of a target have a nasty habit of flying off in odd directions.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Del's suggestion of the Coffeebean bags looks like a keeper to me. I don't know what they are but I'm very sure that he knows what he's talking about. If you can't find them and want a target on the cheap, simply get a cardboard box and fill it with rags or stuff it totally full of heavy plastic. If you shoot at a tarp hanging if front of plywood your going too whistle your arrows right on through the tarp and probably damage some of your arrows. Whatever you use be careful and start shooting at very close range until your used to hitting the target regularly.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Another thing. If you hit 3/4 inch plywood with an arrow it will likely penetrate but not pass thru. The arrow may be damaged when it hits and they stick pretty tight and are very hard to remove if I remember correctly. During my Alaska days a bunch of soldiers had a range set up in an aircraft hangar to get out of the cold. They used plywood behind a large tight bale of carboard boxes. The cardboard would really stop arrows but they would be very hard to pull.

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

And i come from a non-hunting family...My uncle is the one who takes me out and teaches me everything...So as long as i can show my dad it'll stop the arrow, there will be no problems.

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from kolbster wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

i wouldnt use that, but if u can find some squair hay bales or straw bales that will work the best.

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

ok well someone that answered my question about it before said to just use a heavy duty tarp and it will stop it in its tracks

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from backcountrybeagle wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

If You are using cheap field points on the arrows then they may get stuck in the plywood. Straw bales would be best.

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

problem is i live in the suburbs so theres no farms or anything near my house ..i mean its not really far at all but i dont know where to get them

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I have a pretty big yard and i already have an idea to stop the arrow if it glances off the side so its just the idea of having something to stop it if i miss..But now i that i think of it i think this one guy might be able to get me some bails so i should be in business

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

You can probably find baled straw at your local garden supply or feed and seed store.

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from bgreen902 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

Thanks Del

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

I wouldn't shoot plywood, it can shatter your arrow or just crack it so when you fire it again it shatters as you let it go.......... straw works for me .

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from JOHN ANDERSON wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

YOU CAN FILL A GUNNYSACK FULL OF WADDED UP NEWS PAPERS IT WILL TAKE A BUNCH.THEN GET YOU A ROLL OF THAT PLASTIC WRAP THEY USE ON PALLETS WRAP UP THE GUNNY SACK. MAKE IT NICE AND TIGHT. AND YOULL HAVE A GOOD TARGET.WITHOUT THE COST/MESS OF STRAW BALES. YOU CAN PATCH THE WEAR SPOTS WITH GRAY TAPE.ID USE CHEAP FIELDPOINTS IF YOU USE THE PLYBOARD\TARP BACK DROP. ITS EASY TO REPLACE AN ARROW,THEN HAVING IT GO WHERE ITS NOT INTENDED. GOOD LUCK.

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from smokepole wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

it could ruin an arrow. the mulch idea is what i have found works the best in your situation. Or even if you could get a few square bales from a farmer they will be like 2 bucks apiece and work great.

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from kyle wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I made a home made target about 8 years ago and its still like new.

What you will need:
2-2"x10"x36" board
2-1/2" x 36" threaded rod
4-washers
8-nuts to fit the threaded rod
enough cardboard cut the the size of 2 1/2 feet long by 10 inches that when you stack then it would be 2 to 2 1/2 feet high.
The first thing to do is drill a 1/2 inch hole in both of the 2x10s about 4 inches from the end.(make sure it is in the center of the board. Now take you rods and on one end put on a washer then two nuts of the rods. Slide the rods through one of the boards. Now lay the board down so the rods are sticking up in the air. Now take the cardboard you have cut down and lay them on the board between the rods. Take the other board and slip the rod above the cardboard. Now the cardboard should be between the boards. Take the washers and nuts and put them on just like you did on the bottom. Now just crank the top nuts evenly to compress the cardbord together. If you start make a hole from the arrows grouping simply loosen it up and shift the layers of the cardboard around. I did made a stand to put it on so however you want to do it its up to you. Now being having cardboard I advice you to putting inside when not using. Make sure you tighting it down evenly, Not once did a arrow made it through half way and pulls out pretty easy. If you built one let me know how it works for you. I am heading north this weekend and I will take some pics of it and post it when I get back.

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from hjohn429 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

You should use a piece of plywood in front of a bale of hay/straw. If you do this the arrow will penatrate the plywood, and then stop in the hay. This way you don't loose any aroows either way. (I mean by getting them lost in the hay alone or having them go right through the plywood alone.

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