By Alan Murdock
AmmoLand Youtube Reporter
I’ll shoot guns, arrows, hoops – hell, I’ll pick up a pea shooter if you’d like to have a contest.
As a youth I set up an archery range in the back yard – basically a soft backer to catch the arrows with a circular target on it. The parents authorized the old garage as a back stop, set back from the house, and also made of a soft material that would stop arrows as a suitable backer for our target. We’d shoot with our 30 pound recurve bows until our young arms were ready to drop.
The practice was good for developing discipline and accuracy, and I still shoot a recurve, albeit now a PSE Coyote with a much sturdier draw, but to prepare for hunting season such a simple setup doesn’t do it any more.
Shooting at circular targets can tighten the archer’s group, but it doesn’t give the sense of how the arrow will impact the animal. Even with anatomical 2D targets, if you are shooting on a 3/4 angle, for example, you won’t have a sense of how the arrow will react upon impact.
3D archery ranges give a much better sense to the hunter of how their arrows will respond. For example if you are 3/4 to the rear of your perfect trophy bull elk or deer, where do you need to aim for your arrow to go through both lungs and have a chance at hitting the heart?
A 3D target will tell you. You’ll be able to see the point of impact and where the arrow will leave the animal.
David DeAustin's video gives a great example of the benefits of 3D target shooting. Varied distance, accuracy, angle of impact to the vitals, and shooting through, under or around cover. 3D ranges give you the opportunity to train up, and this is the perfect time to get started. With summer upon us and hunting season mere months away, 3D ranges are the best way to train.
About Alan Murdock:
Alan Murdock is a lifelong shooting enthusiast. From youth he has shot firearms and archery. Today he is a certified NRA basic pistol instructor and Utah Concealed Firearms instructor. His blog on shooting and personal defense can be found at www.alanmurdock.wordpress.com