- If you attended the 2011 Bushmoot you may have taken part in my Father & Son bow making course and competition.
Two of the targets we used were printed paper sheets attached to bags stuffed with leaves. Not an ideal target set up but OK in the short term.
I needed a more robust, lightweight and professional looking target set-up.
This review will look at the Field Target produced by G-Outdoor. The owner is Mark Gater who is a member of BCUK.
I bought one target (£25 at the Wilderness Gathering) and Mark gave me a second to review.
It has different targets painted onto its surface. On the two I have there is a traditional round target on one and double spots on the other. What I like about this target is that it needs no stand.
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On the reverse of my targets is the silhouette of a crow. Other target silhouettes are squirrels and rabbits, and some of the targets have no animal silhouettes at all.
For a shoot that requires a more traditional target such as a competition I simply attach a printed paper sheet to the field targets.
The target is approx. 35 x 35cm and stands just over 60cm high, weighing in at a tad under 4kgs. The target is filled with layered neoprene foam and wrapped in a heavy-duty woven polypropylene cover.
The target is held in place by pegging it out on the loops. I have been shooting arrows into mine for a month now from all ranges and using different bows and it always remains rock solid. My bows range from about 15lbs (survival bow) up to 40lbs (Holmegaard bow).
It's quick to set up and great fun to shoot at.
You can get a load of arrows into this target easily.
Retrieving the arrows is easy with a little twisting.
Some of my arrows have a point that is not flush with the shaft so they can catch on the material. I twist them out but keep the material pressed against the foam to avoid distortion.
This picture was taken just after a good round of arrows.
This is a picture of the same target taken the next day. You can see that the woven nature of the material helps to close the holes up again.
Mark has designed the target to be carried by the loops. I find that they swing about this way so have made a slight modification.
Between the two rot-resistant boards at the base I have attached a small line. This allows the targets to be carried without swinging.
As a Bushcrafter I like to have kit that has a dual purpose. Other uses I have found for the targets so far are as a chair, table, high step and as a saw horse.
At the end of the day they easily pack away into my van. I have no worries about stacking heavy kit on them because of the foam.
This is a very robust piece of kit. I have no problems about leaving it out in the rain. It is rock solid when pegged out properly. It is light and easily transportable. I like the look of it and the material used.
Back to my tick list:
Robust - Yes
Lightweight - Yes
Professional Looking - Yes