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Author Topic: Round hay bale for target?  (Read 418 times)

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Round hay bale for target?
« on: November 27, 2015, 12:33:00 PM »
I'm  thinking of using a round hay    :knothead:
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2015, 12:36:00 PM »
Heh, just lost a few arrows in there from time to time.....
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2015, 12:49:00 PM »
They work well. Just try to get the densest, tightest wrapped one you can get.

And like stated above, you will probably lose an arrow or two in it at some point!

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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2015, 12:52:00 PM »
I've been shooting the same one for a couple years.....it's time to replace but they are great

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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2015, 01:11:00 PM »
If you are just picking a spot and shooting, you are less likely to bury an arrow if you shoot at the side of the bale versus one of the ends. I still usually shoot at the ends unless i know the bale is consuming arrows.  They make good targets but arrows can disappear into the soft spots.
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2015, 01:28:00 PM »
I always wanted to walk thru a field full of them and just rove or stump/bail shoot. What a great time that would be with 3-4 guys.
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2015, 01:53:00 PM »
Shot into a neighbor's once, had to nearly destroy the bale to retrieve my arrow. No more of that for me. I shoot my GTs into the ground (usually at leaves) and will never shoot into a round bale again.

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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2015, 01:59:00 PM »
I use them all the time. Just shoot the side and not the end and you won't lose any arrows.

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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2015, 02:03:00 PM »
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2015, 03:44:00 PM »
They work great.  If your bale is loose and your getting to much penetration use blunts.

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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2015, 03:58:00 PM »
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X3, have always shot them since I was a youngster and still do. Have people over all the time to shot my bales and as said try not to shoot into the ends unless your at a angle and there super good bales.

They put my hay up every year and I replace mine every couple but they will last much longer. When there getting soft just roll the bale 1/4 turn or more and that will help a bunch.
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2015, 04:17:00 PM »
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I always wanted to walk thru a field full of them and just rove or stump/bail shoot. What a great time that would be with 3-4 guys.
I do that every year after the local farmer bales. I call it "mastadon hunting". It's pretty cool launching long range shots at them.

I just have to be careful not to shoot the ends  from up close. Don't want to be buying a cow after it chokes on an arrow.
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #12 on: November 27, 2015, 06:21:00 PM »
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2015, 09:22:00 PM »
I always use Round bales, but like Andy said make sure the baler is set real tight. I've shot a couple that were loose wrapped and they are trash, bot for lasting and shooting into. A good tight wrap are very good.
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #14 on: November 28, 2015, 07:16:00 AM »
I found grass bales for $25 not sure how tight
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2015, 08:08:00 AM »
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I always wanted to walk thru a field full of them and just rove or stump/bail shoot. What a great time that would be with 3-4 guys.
Whenever I see them in a field I think "targets" and want to do the same thing.
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2015, 08:14:00 AM »
That's what I've used for the last 9 years. Replace at 1st cutting each summer. While the bales are still in the field they make great roaming targets. Shooting from all angles around one bale to the next approximates a lot of hunting shots. Shoot at the side wrap, not the ends and you won't lose arrows.
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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2015, 08:20:00 AM »
We always look forward to when they cut my hay, my sons, family and friends will all come out and shoot the bales in my field before they take them. We do have rules and no shooting in the ends, it's a lot of fun long shots are the favorite.

Sometimes we will set up 3d targets in the field for good hunting practice. I guess I need to take some picks this year so I have some to post.

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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #18 on: November 28, 2015, 10:21:00 AM »
Been shooting the same bale for 5 years now...make sure to shoot the sided or you will lost arrows like mentioned earlier, AND your bale won't last very long.

As you pull the arrows out of the ends you'll pull hay out with it and pretty soon your bale will start falling out.

Shoot the sides and they'll last for years.

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Re: Round hay bale for target?
« Reply #19 on: November 30, 2015, 06:35:00 AM »
One of the local clubs has been exclusively using the same double wrapped round bales on the practice range for 5 years. They over-whelming see conventional bow use and surprisingly have stood the test of time.
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