Grab a Big Game 3D Target to up your Arrow Accuracy!
To make the perfect shot in the field a hunter needs to spend hours on the range practicing their shot. Shooting at stationary square targets is a great way to get your training and muscles in shape. Muscle memory is one of the most important factors for archers.
But once you have your pins set at 20, 30, 40, 60, and all the way up to 100 yards it’s now time to hone your skills with some 3D target shooting.
When I practice with my Block Target, I’m relatively accurate, but when that 3D target is setting there 40 yards from my position all hell breaks loose.
I spend as much time working with my 3D Javelina target up to 30 yards as I do my block. But the true-to-life size Javelina targets make me focus even more on my kill shot and this makes me a better hunter in the field.
While there are several brands and style 3D targets on the market, we’ve put together a list of “must-have” targets to get you working on a better arrow grouping.
We have larger big game animals and a few fun targets to really get your accuracy under control.
3D archery targets are fun for the whole family and yep you and your buddies will get a little competitive around the range or campsite when you pick up a few of these targets.
If you are looking for more traditional style target we have a review on the Top 9 Best Archery Targets for Beginners.
Shaggy Outdoors Team - Top 3D Choices
Pick #1 - Shaggy Outdoors Team Top Pick
Rinehart 1/3 Scale Woodland Elk Archery Target
- we have placed this target as our #1 choice for two reasons. First, the quality of these 3D targets makes for long use and Second the size is small for an elk but the right size for a mule deer or whitetail deer. Therefore we bought this target to practice both Elk and Deer species. The use of broadheads allows us to get a better understanding of our arrow flight and movement. A++ for this target
Pick #2 - Shaggy Outdoors Team Top Pick
Rinehart Javelina 3D Archery Target
- we selected the Javelina as our second pick. This target is fun for the size. We shoot typically out to 40 yards on this target but the sweet spot is 30 yards. The size of this target works well for getting the group tight. A+ for this target
#1. Rinehart Cinnamon Bear 3D Archery Target
The bear target for archers has a solid self-healing foam that helps the Rinehart targets last longer. The target is weather-proof and ideal for four-season shooting. This target expresses a real-life experience for a big game target. The design of the target area is for recurve, compound, and crossbow shooters. The targets allow for field point, fixed broadhead, and expandable broadhead practice for the ultimate real hunt experience. Get to hitting the right spot by starting your 3D target adventure with a Rinehart.
- Easy arrow removal
- Great size for backyard shooting
- Practice with broadheads or field points
- Reasonable Price
- Replacement parts were reported to be hard to replace
The Javelina while looking like a small pig is not of the pig family at all. If you are an avid hunter in the Southwest portion of the United States you have come across these tiny ferocious critters hunting deer, bear, quail, or even dove.
The Javelina Series by Rinehart has a solid, UV-resistant FX Foam body with a solid Signature, Self-Healing Foam replaceable insert. The real-life design has a true-to-form size and is a great 3D practice target.
- The perfect 3D option for youth beginner archer shooters
- Small and compact for backyard shooting
- Reasonable Price
- Works great for all bow types
- Difficult when new to remove arrows
#3. Rinehart Broadhead Buck
This life size deer 3D Target is optimal for peak shooting performance. The design of this deer gives shooters the anatomical practice shots they need to make a critical kill shot in the field. Practice with your field points or your broadheads to get the best account of your shot. One side is sculptured and the other is outlined. There are no scoring rings on this 3D target.
- Vital area design to check arrow placement
- Broadhead shooting is available
- Solid set-up for easy shooting
- Extensive broadhead use will shorten the life of the target
- No replacement core
This is a mini target to get good practice at shooting at this larger animal in the wild. The kill area is an actual size that provides an insert for continuous shooting and replacing once worn out.
Smaller mini size represents a 600 lb elk in the field. The 20-yard shot represents a 60-yard field shot.
- 2-sided shooting target
- Vital organ and 3D ring set-up
- Replaceable Inserts
- Great for Live Action Shooting
- While an Elk Design comes as good practice for Deer due to the 1/3 size
- Small non-representative of true live elk size
- Size prohibits movability
One of the largest ultra-real targets on the market for a strutting turkey. What a practice target as this 3D target gives you a life size offering of the shooting zone. The body is made of Rinehart durable FX Foam for ultimate believability and target life. But not only a real life look but the target material makes for easy arrow removal. The replaceable insert allows for years of shooting life for this 3D Target.
- Insert holds up to large number of shots
- Size is ideal for real life shots
- Arrow removal can be difficult in the beginning
One of the most reasonably priced 3D targets on the market for whitetail deer. The shooting area allows for field tip, fixed blade, and expandable blade shooting practice. Ground stakes are provided to secure the 3D target for controlled shooting. This buck is represented to be approximately 25% larger than similar bucks on the market.
- 4-season usage
- Replaceable inserts
- Self-standing design
- Best value for 1st 3D Target for beginner or intermediate archer
- Price reflects quality
- Tends to fall over easy
- Legs are foam not hard plastic
- Foam was soft and therefore wore out faster
#7. Delta McKenzie Antelope 3D Archery Target
This is a must to add to your 3D target lineup. This 3D target is a great size and durable. Replacement parts include the head, body, front legs, back legs, and core. So you can shoot every part of this target and not worry about replacement parts.
The E-Z Flex Foam core allows for easy arrow removal but also makes for a stronger center mass for shooting. The coloring and lifelike nature of this pronghorn makes for an enjoyable shoot.
- Capable of 300-350 fps shooting
- Cat replace just about every part
- Practice with field point, broadheads, or expandable
- Easily broken down for storage or travel
- Only con found was buyer reported ears were not attached and had cheap staple type attachment
Fun Shooting Targets Mini Size
Final Words on 3D Archery Targets
We believe a great shooter can hit his target 9 out of 10 times in the spot he or she chooses. In the field, when you are staring down a big game species or checking out the rack on top of his head, your aim gets worse.
When you shoot at 3D targets you get used to visually seeing the animal. The dimensions of the animal change and with practice on a 3D target you can work within the body size of the animal.
Are you ready to take the next step and get 3D shooting? Once you get used to this type of target you will look for the 3D shootouts found across the United States to show your stuff.
When shooting at targets make sure you consider all the angles you may find yourself shooting at. Recently, I was hunting out of a tree in Michigan and never practiced these shots before I took aim at my first buck. The shot was terrible and I felt miserable after. Take the time to practice as much as possible to hone in on your shot placement.
Are you heading into the field and looking for some easy-up decoys for antelope or elk? Check out our review of the Montana Decoy company.
Archery Target FAQ
3D Archery Targets are targets that look like the animal being shot at. The dimensional aspect of the target works to give the archer another angle to shoot at. The 3D targets also provide typical body so the archer can work on hitting the vital areas of the animal to make for a quick kill. 3D targets are also used in archery challenges as they have point rings on the target. The center point is typically the smallest ring and highest points.
Shooting in your backyard should only be done with caution. What target is best? That depends on the size of your backyard, your capabilities, and your distance.
A good rule of thumb is a block style target works good in the 22-28 inch size category.
This is a great question. For all beginner archers, a great starting point would be 10 yards. Once you have good results at that distance you can move back to 15, 20, and 25 yards. We recommend if you are practicing to stay at 20 yards or less till you can shoot 30-40 arrows with no trouble. Understand the distance that involves the bow, sights, poundage of the bow, and your capabilities.
Many targets are four-season targets and can be outside for a period of time. Some are noted to be 100% waterproof while others are water-resistant. Read the labels and manufacturer information to understand your target’s true capabilities.