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    You guys that have targets in your backyard...What do you use for a backstop behind the targets?

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    where at? in downtown anchorage?
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    A large shed, bails of hay, and old shot-out broadhead targets.

    I've got a known-distance range out to 60.

    I just don't use it...

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    acers and acers of black spruce.....
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    Two layers of old carpet hanging from a rope between trees. It doesnt stop an arrow completely but slows it down enough to be fairly easy to find right behind the target. It does strip off poorly cemented fletchings though!!

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    Default My garage

    It gives me impetus to not miss. The stakes are too high. Well actually next to the garage. I have a lean to shed with a wall. I've got a sheet of plywood, cedar fence, some blue board, then a fuel tank just off to the side.
    Over 10 years shooting there I have zero misses on the target. Hope you did not jinx me.

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    Hay bales.
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    I'm looking to pick up a piece or two of the 4' x 8' high density styrofoam (8-12" thick version) to hang between a swingset stand. Free hanging should help it to absorb the energy more than it would if it were fixed.

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    Uh, wasn't he referring to the Anchorage team?

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    In replying to the original thread...what is a backstop? I have a Rhinhart 18 sided target on a rope between two trees, uphill from where I shoot (50 yards), about 3 foot off the ground, and it bounces every time I hit it with an arrow Needless to say, every once in a while I have to head to a neighbors pasture to find an arrow that *missed*. Fortunately, I have a big field behind my target that I can fetch arrows if need be.

    At the other end of my property I have a McKenzie stand up deer with a large spruce tree as a back stop. Missing the target and hitting the tree will just about asure a crunched arrow.

    Both targets make me a better shooter as it is too costly to miss
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    Oh just about the only advantage of living on 1 acre (thanks Marc for the correct spelling ) gravel pit. I have a 25' high by 60 yrd wide gravel embankment to shoot against. The best part is I can easily get 70 yards out of this setup. The only problem is I plow the driveway snow up against the embankment all winter long so if you miss the target it will be stopped by the snowbank or if not the snowbank the gravel embankment but I'll have to weight until spring to get you missed arrow back. But thats a totally hypothetical situation, not speaking from experience or anything.

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    Default suspend a quilted blanket

    A couple of packing blankets suspended on a line. The heavy blanket absorbs the arrow on impact and is usually lying on the ground under the hung blanket. Of course this is with field tips, NOT broadheads.
    Cheap, easy, and inexpensive.
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    Default Only 24 yds at our place...

    A 6' Cedar fence.

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    Default thanks BK

    Quote Originally Posted by bkmail View Post
    A couple of packing blankets suspended on a line. The heavy blanket absorbs the arrow on impact and is usually lying on the ground under the hung blanket. Of course this is with field tips, NOT broadheads.
    Cheap, easy, and inexpensive.
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    Thats what I'm looking for!

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    Carpet remnants work even better, I just like the look of the hay bales better.
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    many lost arrows
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    hay bales and a old piece of plywood behind that...never need it though

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