Homemade Archery Course

In this Instructable, you will learn how to build a homemade archery course! You will need:

Hay bales

Archery blocks OR Paper archery targets

A flat piece of land about 50ft by 200ft

Archery equipment

I normally do electronic-type projects, so this is a bit of a stretch for me. I hope you like this Instructable!

Step 1: Clear the Land

Cut down all that grass (or in my case, stinging nettles). If you need to get shrubs or small trees out of the way, do so. You do not want to shoot into tall grass (as I have learned) as you will never find any arrows!

Step 2: Find Where You Will Shoot From

Now, you need to find the place where you will shoot from. This should be about at the end of your archery course. I strongly recommend drawing a line, using spray paint or something of the sort. The next step will require you to have a line. I suggest you should have about 25 feet of space, so draw the line 25 feet from the back edge. You should shoot with your non dominant foot right before this line.

Step 3: Place the Hay Bales

Now, drag in the hay bales. For each target, you will need two hay bales. Stack the hay bales on top of another, and set them up where you want to shoot. I suggest having six hay bales (three targets) rather than less. The first two should be 50 feet out from your shooting line and near the right. The second two should be 100 feet out from the line, and should be in the middle. The third two should be 150 feet out and over to the left. There should be 25 feet of space behind the last two hay bales.

Step 4: Place the Targets

Now, put the targets right up against the hay bales. I used Blocks, but you can just use normal paper archery targets. If you use the paper ones, then you can put them up higher. Using Blocks, you have to put them on the ground.

Step 5: Have Fun Shooting!

Now, shoot! Make sure not to lose any arrows in tall grass!

Words of advice:

Get a cheap metal detector. They are super helpful in finding arrows that have buried themselves underground.

If there are trees that hang over your new archery range, put a rake down there. It is nearly impossible to find an arrow that has gone under leaves.



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    2 years ago

    I thought that having florescent pink arrow fletching would help me find them if I missed the target, but turns out it's really hard to find arrows underneath leaves... :)

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    Reply 2 years ago

    I know right? ;) I always use a metal detector, it is the easiest way to find them. If you like this project, you can vote for it!