If it’s not simple, it simply won’t get done.
Someone wrote an article I read wherein he advised to cover all targets and target butts. I don’t cover all of my target butts. None of my 3D targets are ever covered. As little 3D as I shot last year maybe that should change. I doubt there will be a change. Two targets butts are always covered. Those seem to be the most impacted by rain so I put a large outdoor grill cover over them for protection. Aside from those two every other target butt and 3D animal on my ranges are waiting for an arrow.
We’ve not had any rain to speak of in this part of Georgia so the damage from water has been a non-issue. Sure, that will change. In the spring I’ll be conducting amateurish repairs to everything that ends up with an arrow in it. Those repairs last about a year.
A big expense and watching money burn is when it comes to paper targets. I buy them in bulk looking for the best deal, typically found at Amazon. Last week I paid a premium for vinyl 18-meter targets. I thought the extra money might equate to longer lasting targets.
The vinyl targets are certainly high quality. The center, however, shoots out just a little more slowly than inexpensive paper.
I ordered 10 of the pricey vinyl targets, which are great for outdoor shooting. If it rained on them they would hold up. They’re really nice. But, after 90 arrows the center is pretty much gone – just like paper. Ninety arrows is one morning practice.
The vinyl targets stayed up between morning and afternoon practice. They’ll need to be replaced for tomorrow. I use two pinned to a butt trying to make the most of my time. Walking back and forth every 3 arrows eats a lot of time.
I’ll definitely have days where I’ll just shoot ends of 3 rather than 6 – just not all the time. Sometimes I even shoot three targets pinned to a butt having ends of 9 arrows.
Five years ago the vinyl would have been perfect. Five years ago I got my money’s worth out of paper. That is, I shot all the colors.
I’m still not going to cover my target butts. It takes too much time to cover them. When I’m ready to shoot, I’m shooting. Anything that eats time away from practice or makes practice less simple to achieve I try to remove. Removing extra covers is not difficult but less simple.
The vinyl targets were a good idea for outdoor practice. When I shoot up these I’ll be going back to inexpensive paper. No matter which target I flinging arrows into, it is nice to have them ready and waiting for practice. Simple.