Add something of a challenge and a slice of realism to your training by using small game 3D archery targets to your practice range. No matter what type of small game you’re chasing it is probably represented in self-healing foam.
There are many different types of targets that will provide you with an equally fantastic level of practice no matter what type of hunting you are training for.
Big game or small, 3D competition or field archery competition, as long as there is a defined target area that you want to hit you will benefit from flinging arrows at it.
But some people might get a greater benefit from practicing with targets that provide a more realistic image of what you will be shooting in the field.
And this is where small game 3D archery targets can play a very important role.
Not only will it train your eye to pick out the vital spots you want to hit but it will also provide you with a more focused size to aim at.
Life-Sized 3D Targets
If you’re planning on spending a lot of your hunting time on squirrels, rabbits and the like it makes a lot of sense to practice with a target in the shape and size of a squirrel or rabbit.
It is just as important to aim for a humane, ethical kill with a small animal as it is with a large.
The problem is that the target area is smaller and the animal moves quicker. So you’re going to have to be on your game.
To help develop the precision to be successful with small game hunting it is important to do as much practice as possible. And that practice should be done over a variety of distances.
What Is Considered Small Game?
Small game is any smaller animal or bird hunted for sport or meat. A small game licence may be required in the state you’re hunting. In some cases you need a special species licence for specific small game.
It will be different depending on where you are.
Here is a partial list of animals that you may be hunting classed as small game:
- Rabbits and hares. This may include jackrabbits
- Squirrels, this includes gray and red
- Prairie dogs
- Coyotes and bobcats
- Waterfowl such as ducks, geese,
- Upland birds such as turkeys and pheasant
Each of these small game animals have been represented by a 3D target so there is ample opportunity to get some real life training in.
It should be pointed out, in an ironic twist when compared to 3D deer archery targets which are generally smaller than a real deer, many of the small game 3D targets are larger than the real thing.
Measures 16” H x 12” W x 8” D
Measures: 35” H x 13” W
3Di Prairie Dog Targets
Prairie Dog Measures 28cm H x 12cm W
Measures 20” H x 13” W
Measures: 16.5” H x 20” W
Measures: 14” H x 28” L x 12” W
Measures: 32” H x 31.5” L
Measures: 19.5” H x 9.5” W x 24.5” L
As can be seen from the selection above, there are some quality and very lifelike small game archery targets out there.
In fact, there is a myriad of weird and wonderful 3D archery targets around that can provide an extra element of fun to the practice routine.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 up to over $200 for these targets depending on the size and the level of detail put into them.
There is no question that you get a lot out of practicing on bag targets and cube block targets but the realism and the more lifelike features of a quality 3d target adds just a little more fun to the training process.