Bag the Best Archery Target in 2024

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Whether you’re a hunter or a target shooter at some point you need to practice. For practice you’ll need a target! As with most things today there’s a multitude of different styles of archery targets on the market. Bags, foam blocks, 3D targets and good old paper targets top the listings. Some are good for field points, some best for broadheads, others designed for powerful crossbows and compound bows. In this roundup we’re going to review some of the best archery target options available today and introduce you to our top picks for each style and type of user.

Our Pick of the Best Archery Targets

Note: Our individual reviews are below, but you can also click any of the links above to check current prices on Amazon and other retailers

Target Buyers Guide

There are 4 major styles of archery target that you’ll find available today. Bag targets, block targets, 3D targets and good old paper targets. Each has a different purpose and a different user base. 

Bag Targets

The exterior of Bag targets are usually designed from the type of stranded material you’ll find other hard wearing outdoor bags and covers made from. They can be rectangular and designed to stand alone, rest against another surface or be mounted on a target frame.

What differentiates one target bag from another is normally down to the filling and how it is structured. A good target bag will allow you to hit any part of the shooting surface without damaging the bags integrity. Normally this type of target is designed to stop an arrow using layered material inside. The contents of the bag will usually last longer than the bag itself which is why some come with replaceable covers.

Bag archery targets are not usually broadhead friendly, they are designed for field tip arrows. You whilst you could use a broadhead you’ll find they would chew up the external and internal materials and destroy the target too quickly.

Foam Block and 3D Archery Targets

Designed from different foam compounds either layered or ​in solid blocks this type of target can offer more diverse types of shooting surface than bag targets. You get foam as inserts in life-like deer and boar 3D target models and as standalone targets in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Foam is designed to stop both field and broadhead points using friction. Once an arrow enters the foam the fiction caused by the arrow pushing the foam air bubbles apart will cause it to slow and eventually stop. 

Some types of foam target claim to be ‘self-healing’. Be aware that this is a marketing term. Foam cannot (yet) actually heal itself and what you see from the foam in these targets is the foam expanding again and closing up around the arrow hole when the arrow is removed. Repeated shots to the same spot even on a self-healing target will eventually begin to degrade and chip away at the foam. They will however last you longer than bags.

Foam Targets vs Bag Targets

Foam targets are normally more expensive than bags but they come with the benefit of being able to take shots from a broadhead or a field tip arrow without degrading as fast as a bag target would. Foam will last longer and is generally lighter and more portable than a bag target.

What’s the Best Target for Powerful Crossbows and Compound Bows?

Most good modern targets, both foam and block are designed to handle field point shots from powerful compound bows and crossbows with IBO speeds that can exceed 400 fps. If you want to shoot broadheads however you need restrict yourself to foam.

What Type of Target is Best for Broadheads?

To practice with your broadheads you need a foam block target. Either a 3D target with a foam insert or a standalone foam target. Broadheads will chew up the exterior and interior of a bag target too quickly. Foam targets will dull your broadheads. So make sure you practice with practice broadheads and save your best for the hunt!

DIY Archery Targets

If you really don’t want to splash out on something manufactured then you can always make your own! There are quite a lot of YouTube videos and articles out and about on good material choices for making targets.

Burlap sacks​, DIY foam blocks made with foam from the hardware store. All these will work, the difference is that they may not last as well as a manufactured target and you’ll need to take risks with some of your arrows when shooting them.

A powerful bow may just shoot straight through whatever you’ve put together and damage your arrow! The reason you’d pay is for quality that you know will stop your expensive arrows and allow you to remove them relatively easily.

Here’s a video from TPV Productions that shows one process for making cheap archery targets using plastic insulation. 

Bag Archery Target Reviews

Yellow Jacket Supreme 3 Field Point Bag

Morrell are a company that started in a garage in 1986 and today produces a wide wide range of archery targets all designed and made in the USA. The Supreme 3 is one of the most popular mid-range offerings designed specifically as a field point target. This is a bag target that should take thousands of shots and because it’s weatherproof you can leave it outside year round.

As you’d expect from a bag target it features 2 mounting holes and a handle so you can sling it around easily (it weights 27 lbs). This design features 10 targets, 5 on each side. Per side you get 4 hexagonal 3 ring targets and one hexagonal 2 ring bulls-eye surrounded by a wasp design. The dimensions of this bag are 24″x10″x24″.

As a target, this works well and is an excellent choice. You can shoot field tips from bows at 320 fps from about 10 yards into this and all you’ll get is about 2-3 inches of shaft embedded in the target which is then easy to pull with just 2 fingers. This is no doubt down to the structured multi layer internal design which  has 54 individual layers designed to slow and capture the arrow yet still make it easy to remove. That design also means that every area of the target, not just the scoring rings will take a shot.

The resilient burlap cover is good for more than standing up to repeated arrow fire, too. It’s weatherproof and significantly extends the life of the target. You could even set up your own outdoor range for regular and efficient practice.

What we liked:

  • Carry handle and mounting holes
  • Easy removal of your arrows
  • Replacement covers available
  • Internal frame system technology
  • Tough burlap cover
  • Large size

What we didn’t:

  • Practice points only
  • Doesn’t always stand easily on it’s own
No Boundaries Outdoors does a live review of the Yellow Jacket YJ-450 Plus

Hurricane Bag

What’s better about the Hurricane field tip bag target from Field Logic vs other bag targets? They’re assembled by hydraulic presses and feature a tri-core design, which we suspect consists of 3 layers of fabric. They’re also printed with high-visibility color scheme designs that are easy to see at distance and the centers of the target front and back are designed so that they are offset from one another. Repeated bullseye shooting on the front should not affect the back! The front has 9 3 ring target designs whilst the rear is a deer target showing heart/lungs and liver scoring zones.

This bag is designed to stop field tips from any bow. This will stop crossbow bolts moving at over 400 fps and allow you to remove them easily.

You can get this particular bag in 3 sizes (WxDxH). Large 28″x12″x28″, Medium 25″x12″x23″ and Small 20″x10″x20″. The largest weighs in at around and the smallest at 21 lbs and the largest around 37 lbs.

What we liked:

  • 3 sizes
  • Clear high-vis target designs
  • Field point
  • Bow or crossbow friendly
  • Easy bolt/shaft removal

What we didn’t:

  • Not for broadheads
  • Covers not replaceable
  • Won’t always stand up easily

Morrell Yellow Jacket Crossbow Field Point Bag

Morrell again with another field point bag that’s designed to take even the most powerful crossbow and compound bow shots (upto 425 fps). This design, much like the Supreme III comes with a carry handle and 2 mounting holes. It’s weatherproof so you can leave it anywhere, sun, rain, or snow and be sure that it will last.

This design features 10 targets, 5 on each side. Per side you get 5 circular 3 ring targets and one smaller 2 ring bulls-eye surrounded by a wasp design. The dimensions of this bag are 20″x15″x20″.

If you stick to shooting at this with arrow points no larger than the actual arrow shaft, i.e. no outserts or broadheads all you should get is about 2-3 inches of shaft embedded in the target. This is then pretty easy to pull out with just 2 fingers. That’s because of the patented multi-layered design which is designed to slow and capture the arrow yet still make it easy to remove. That design also means that (like the Supreme III) every area of the target, not just the scoring rings will take a shot.

A burlap cover is good for more than standing up to repeated arrow fire, too. It’s weatherproof and significantly extends the life of the target and can be easily replaced.

What we liked:

  • Long lasting
  • Free standing
  • Field Point
  • High fps / crossbow approved
  • Layered design
  • Replacement covers available
  • 2 year warranty

What we didn’t:

  • Not for broadheads

Yellow Jacket Crossbow Discharge

If you want a portable, light and easy to store target that doesn’t take up as much room as other field point bags you might want to take a look at this discharge bag. This isn’t designed as a compound or crossbow primary target. The idea behind this target is for use as somewhere to discharge your crossbow when you have no other target. Whilst it features the same, weatherproof, layered and structured technology that Morrell use in all their targets this is light and small and designed to be portable. There are no hanging grommets, just a handle. However at 6 lbs and 13″x17″x8″ in size you can easily take this anywhere and it will stop high powered crossbow and compound field points.

Seeing as it costs a third of the price of the larger Morrell targets it’s a great way to get most of the benefits​ of larger more expensive targets without the price tag.

What we liked:

  • Price
  • Weatherproof
  • Easy removal for arrows
  • High fps and crossbow approved
  • Small and light

What we didn’t:

  • Wasn’t designed as a primary target

Block Archery Target Reviews

The Block Vault Field Logic

This foam block is specifically designed to take thousands of hits. That means thick, durable foam with a PolyFusion core that can endure powerful shots. As well as practice points, you can use both fixed and mechanical broadheads, too. You can use this with a crossbow but with a compound or recurve bow, the target will last even longer.

Another feature that increases the life of this target are the four painted sides. You can rotate through the sides to preserve the target, and you can use the thicker sides for closer or more powerful shots. Plus, the GripPit handle makes it easy to move around and try out different locations.

Also, the sides aren’t all the same. This makes the target useful for general practice, not just sighting in your bow. The targets are high-contrast black and white, which enhances their practice use since you can shoot at them from long distances.

Note that retrieving arrows is always a major concern when it comes to targets, and this one seems to be about average. It shouldn’t be a problem to pull them out, but you might want to apply a little WD-40 to the shafts beforehand just in case.

Like with most gear, you get what you pay for when it comes to targets. The Blockis one of the more expensive models out there on the market, but especially if you’re a crossbow hunter, you probably need that extra quality. You’re likely to tear a cheap product to shreds in a few practices.

What we liked:

  • PolyFusion core
  • Long lasting
  • Accepts points and broadheads
  • Four target sides
  • GripPit handle
  • High-contrast graphics
  • 4 sizes

What we didn’t:

  • Price

Field Logic 6×6

Field Logic targets are USA made. Their 6×6 foam block is a decent size. Big enough to carry one handed, but not too cumbersome and comes in at 18″x16″x18″ (HDW). This is only available in one size but is another PolyFusion layered foam target that is designed to stop an arrow using friction. As your arrow  (or bolt) enters the foam the speed of entry heats the foam and causes it to get sticky and slow. Then once cooled you can easily remove the arrow again.

ou can certainly shoot broadheads into this and they’ll come out without too much of a struggle. It should be said though that this isn’t self-healing. Using field points on this will make it last longer. Continual broadhead shooting in the same place will degrade the target foam quickly and cause high poundage bows to shoot straight through.

This is a free standing block that allows you to shoot at almost all 6 sides (the handle is located at the top of one of them). 6 sides gives you 50% more target lifetime (due to the 50% extra surface area) than your average 4 sided block. That’s going to pay off when you’re planning to put thousands of arrows into it.

What we liked:

  • 6 shooting faces
  • USA made
  • Can be used for broadheads
  • Free standing

What we didn’t:

  • Only 1 size

Rinehart Broadhead Target

Rinehart is a family company named after the founder John Rinehart back in 1997. They produce a wide range of 3D and other archery targets from the one you see above to life-size giraffes! Rinehart use a foam compound developed by the founder that offers self-healing properties. Now we’re skeptics, and we know that’s a marketing term. The foam isn’t organic and the little joins between the air bubbles inside won’t actually grow back. However because of the compression and expansion ratios in the compound you get the effect of it healing as any indentations will close up once an arrow is removed. Hit the same spot enough and you will eventually chip away at the foam, nothing lasts forever!

It’s going to take a while to wear this out though as it’s a 26 sided shape, that’s a rhombicuboctahedron if you’re interested :). It measures 15×15″x15″ and weighs about 14 lbs. There are 18 target surfaces that are square and that you can shoot at. Now they’re so confident that this will last if you managed to actually shoot out all 18 sides they’ll replace it free of charge! If you want the details on that warranty look here.

What we liked:

  • Guaranteed for 1 year
  • Self-healing
  • 18 target faces
  • Light and portable
  • High visibility low light target zones
  • Broadhead and expandable tip friendly
  • Crossbow and high fps bow approved

What we didn’t:

  • Price

Rinehart RhinoBlock XL

If you want something slightly bigger (18″x18″x13″) and with more variety of target faces than the 18 faced Rinehart broadhead target you’ll not go wrong looking at this RhinoBlock XL. This only has 6 target sides, 4 of which are high vis target zones but the other 2 are 3D deer targets. One shows anatomical organs whilst the other has a 3D deer target zone. This one weighs in at around 25 lbs and has a rope handle to allow you to carry it around. The major benefit of the XL over the standard RhinoBlock is that you can purchase replacement target inserts for the main circular target on the largest side. This makes an already long lasting durable target, something you can keep shooting for years to come.

What we liked:

  • Self-healing foam
  • Replaceable target inserts
  • 3D deer target faces
  • High visibility low light target zones
  • Broadhead and expandable tip friendly
  • Crossbow and high fps bow approved

What we didn’t:

  • Price

3D Targets

Shooter Buck

This 3D buck target comes from Field Logic. It’s a life-size 3D target with the body approximately the size of a small buck standing 48″ high. Unless you secure this when you hit it with something sharp and fast moving it will topple over, that’s why you are provided with stakes in the bottom of the legs to secure it into soft ground. If you need to use this on hard ground you’d have to purchase the stand specially designed to work with it.

The vital organs of the buck are represented on an insert that you can replace for less than half the cost of the whole target. You can shoot at if from either side too. That means you’ll can get exceptional wear out of it and you can replace it when it finally starts to allow you to shoot through.

What we liked:

  • Broadhead and field tip friendly
  • Easy arrow removal
  • Replaceable core insert
  • 2 insert shooting faces

What we didn’t:

  • Replacement inserts can be tricky to fit
  • Needs good support to make it stable

Rinehart Woodland Boar

A lifelike boar from Rinehart. This has a replaceable insert where the vitals of the board are located that’s made from the same self-healing foam you get with the rest of the Rinehart series of targets. That foam won’t last forever but it does stop any field point or broadhead from any type of bow you’d care to shoot at it. The insert has 3 scoring rings. The more you shoot this the easier it becomes to move arrows like broadheads until eventually you need that insert replacing.

This boar is 22″ high and 39″ long and it’s designed to be about the size of a 75 lb Woodland boar.

What we liked:

  • Lifelike boar
  • Replaceable insert
  • Self-healing foam
  • Weather resistant
  • ​Broadhead friendly
  • Crossbow and high fps bow approved

What we didn’t:

  • Noisy Velcro Strap
  • Fixed Trigger Sensitivity

Straw/Paper Target Reviews

Traditional Solid Straw Target (3 or 5 layer)

If you’re looking for a more traditional target for your logbow practice then here’s an environmentally friendly target that’s handmade from layers of straw bound together with rope. Due to the fact that it isn’t a machine that makes there the dimensions may vary slightly but they generally come in at 50cm or 19.6″ diameter, and about 5 or 6cm thick for the 3 layer and 10cm for the 5 layer.

That extra thickness is going to be necessary if you want to shoot at this with a high powered compound bow or crossbow.

There’s a loop on the top that you can use to hand this target from if you don’t have a suitable target stand to fix it to. A stand (or somewhere to secure it) is really what it needs as it’s round and will move. The top loop also makes for a useful carry handle.

Longbow 40 cm and 80 cm 10 and 5 Ring

The more traditional FITA / WA style target that everyone is familiar with is available from longbow in both 40cm and 80cm sizes. These are again printed on thick paper that should stand up to several uses and can be used for more than just archery.

Anything to share?

I hope this roundup was useful and led you in the direction of a quality target for your setup. Please let us know if we’re missing your favorite and need to add it to this review, or if there​ are any aspects of any of the above we’ve not covered correctly! Either leave a comment or send us some feedback!

Hi there! I'm a passionate bowman and a fan of all target sports in general. You'll often find me at my local archery and shooting ranges honing my skills.

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