When it comes right down to it, there's no way to perfectly simulate that moment when the monster of your dreams steps in front of you. As any seasoned bowhunter will tell you, the pressure of crunch time can do funny things to the best of us.
With that said, the most successful bowhunters are the ones who've learned, through constant practice and the mastery of proper technique, to execute when it really matters. The better your quality and consistency of practice, the more likely you are to capitalize in the big moment. And the more realistic your training is, the more likely it is to benefit you out in the real world.
One of the best things you can do is invest in a quality target, especially a 3-D model like the Rinehart Woodland Buck, which helps replicate what you'll see in the field. While shooting at a circular target or plate is great for developing proper fundamentals, a 3-D target forces you to adjust for real world elements like the angle of your shot and size of your target.
The other great feature of a lot of targets is that you can take them with you and practice on the go. Or in the case of the Big Green Targets Gamer, you can turn a round of practice into some backyard fun. Either way, there's a target for every situation and need. To find the right target for you, check out our full list of the best archery targets for 2013.
Big Green Gamer Target
The Big Green Gamer field point targets
feature high definition screen prints on both the front and back of the target; while the front offers various shooting spots for different point values, the back features a full-color dartboard, making the Big Green Gamer a great selection for archers looking to have a little fun with their practice. Big Green Gamer targets are field point only targets, and are rated for crossbows up to 350 fps.
Cabela's Deluxe Bear
Measuring 40 1/2 inches long and 28 1/2 inches tall, the Cabela's Deluxe Bear target
is built with dense, self-closing foam, and is able to take shots from any combination of bows and arrows with broadheads or field points.
Delta McKenzie Lethal Impact Deer
With a clearly visible, bright red heart contrasted against a black vitals area, Delta McKenzie's new Lethal-Impact Buck
helps bowhunters aim right for that big buck's boiler room every time. The Lethal-Impact Buck's vitals area is built with E-Z Flex foam, withstanding any arrow from any bow and offering easy arrow removal with great durability.
Delta McKenzie Pinnacle Buck
Delta McKenzie's new Pinnacle Series
features an E-Z Flex foam midsection and core for enhanced durability and easy arrow removal, plus removable legs for quick, easy transport. Approved for broadheads, expandables and field tips, the Pinnacle sports universal scoring rings on a replaceable core.
Delta McKenzie Wild Boar
New for 2013, Delta McKenzie's Wild Boar target
is an upgraded model featuring a replaceable core built from E-Z Flex foam for enhanced durability and easier arrow removal. Built for broadheads, explandables and field tips.
GlenDel Full-Rut Buck
One of the most realistic looking 3-D targets on the market, GlenDel's Full-Rut Buck
features internal layers fused to the inner target wall, resulting not only in easy arrow removal, but also longer target life. The core design features four sides with different vital positions, including heart, lung and liver.
Rinehart Raptor Bag
Measuring 22x22 inches, the Rinehart Raptor Series bag target
features Rinehart's Smart Core technology, allowing for longer target life and easy arrow removal. Sharply printed graphics offer archers a bright, clear target, thereby improving your shot.
Rinehart Strutting Turkey
Gobblers beware! Rinehart's Strutting Turkey target
measures 25 inches high by 24 inches long with a simulated weight of 25 pounds, offering turkey hunters a realistic-looking target to bag that bird.
Rinehart Woodland 20 Block Target
Rinehart Woodland Buck
The 8-point Woodland Buck from Rinehart Targets
features a head alert-forward, semi-sneak design with Rinehart's Solid FX Foam molded from nose to tail for enhanced durability. The core of the Rinehart Woodland Buck is built from Rinehart's "self-healing" foam, and features Rinehart's replaceable, locking insert.