This month’s On Target is a pig hunt. I found this target a lot of fun to shoot, but like other store-bought targets, he had a tendency to tumble. Also, he was a little expensive, so to buy several of them for a hunt would cost a lot of money. So I made my own.
Using him as a stencil, I cut out seven layers of cardboard and one layer of political sign. The top layer is white foam board, which you can leave white or color pink or blue.
Using the wires from the political sign, you can make the pigs stand up in a natural position. I recommend putting some kind of a mark over the shoulder to use as a vital hit area.
This target is fun for all ages; children will enjoy shooting it at 15 to 20 yards, while more advanced shooters can try it at 35 – 50 yards.
Now, just for fun, go to the dollar store, where you can buy a pair of fairy wings. Attach the wings to a heavy cardboard tube and zip tie it to the pig target. Run a clothesline between two trees, and all day long you can shoot when pigs fly.
This month’s safety tip, with Pennsic not far away, add to the crest on your arrows. I recommend putting on an extra ring and your initials. A lot of archers may have the exact same crest you have and if you accidentally shoot a light arrow out of a heavier bow, it could shatter and cause an injury.
‘Til next time,