Having your private archery range is a cool thing. Turning your backyard into your personal archery range is a great way of using space wisely. It also lets you practice when you want and at your own pace, with no range fees to worry about. It will also save you the time, fuel, and the effort needed to drive to a shooting range.
A backyard archery range lets you work on proper shooting form and technique unhurriedly and in a relaxed manner without worrying about the time or the expenses. You can sight in using your choice of projectiles, whether simple field points or broadheads. As long as bow shooting is legal where you reside and you have the luxury of space, a backyard archery range is a great option.
It is best to know your surroundings before building your own backyard archery range. This ensures you do not harm anybody while using the range and that you indeed have the luxury of space for this kind of project.
Know whether your neighbors are not bothered by the prospect of having your archery range close by. It always pays to be friends with your neighbors and sound off on how they feel about your backyard archery range. You wouldn’t want to be petitioned off the neighborhood just because of the range.
As mentioned in an earlier paragraph, ascertain that there are no local ordinances that outlaw a backyard archery range where you live. Be aware of any regulations or ordinances against bow shooting. Be conscious of what is downrange and be sure to have a backstop for stopping wayward shots. Stay safe.
Build archery range gear that is truly functional
A safety stop to hold the arrows that miss the target is a principal piece of equipment any DIY backyard archery range should come with. You can build a frame using 2x4s and hang horse stall mats from cables. In rural locations, you might not need a safety stop at all. The terrain can be used to your advantage when trying to locate stray arrows.
Whenever you can, shoot at a downward angle to prevent the arrows from sticking out of the ground when stopped.
Use some lumber, carpet, and threaded rods to make a field point target. This DIY equipment should not be used with broadheads though. Aside from this DIY archery target, you can also stack bales of hay or straw to serve the same purpose. You can attach a paper target with the illustrations of animal vitals to the front to make the target more realistic.
You can also make your DIY broadhead target based on a variety of designs you can find online. Find one that suits your budget and preference as well as the number of shots you can take with broadheads. For this purpose, a commercial product serves as the best option.
In such a case, determine whether the product accommodates field points or whether such projectiles would just be hard to remove. Those types are for broadhead use alone.
Other items you might need in your backyard range are yardage markers for the 20, 25, and 30-yard points. Flags or stakes, as well as marked bricks, can be used. A DIY bow stand using PVC pipes can hold your bow and arrows along with your cold beverage.