Archery Target Practice Before Hunting Season

We’re firm believers in archery target practice year round. And yes, that even means on those hot summer days - a cold beverage goes a long way. Justin Martin, host of The Season on the Outdoor Channel, doesn’t let a day go by without flinging a few arrows at a target. “I suggest you shoot as much as you can in the weeks leading up to the season opener,” he said, adding that how you practice each session is important. “Shooting a round of 12 arrows and concentrating on form, follow through and the details of broadhead flight is better than flinging 120 arrows the wrong way.”

But those sessions are about more than just target practice. Martin said he’s focusing on creating realistic hunting scenarios during practice. “The best thing to do is to get up in a stand or shoot from an elevated platform. Or practice shooting out of your ground blind from a seated position, always with your gear on,” he said.


Martin recommended using a 3D target in various positions while you’re practicing from a stand or ground blind. “Most of my preseason shooting is done with broadheads,” he said. “I shoot the same broadheads I will be hunting with and replace the blades right before hunting season. Even when shooting mechanicals like the Z-Force, the new blade retaining system makes it really easy to remove arrows from targets without tearing them up. Just slip some new blades in before opening day and you are ready to go.”

An important part of archery target practice before deer season is to wear all of your gear, which mimics a real hunting scenario.

All Wasp broadheads come with replacement blades and they can also be ordered from our online store. To practice with our expandables, like the Jak-Hammer, all you need to do is remove the O-ring, take some un-waxed dental floss or braided fishing line, and make six to eight wraps around the outside of the blade slots (see instructions here).

Before practicing with broadheads and getting your bow dialed in make sure your draw length and draw weight is set accordingly. According to Martin, bowhunters should think about adjusting their draw weight so that it’s comfortable for them while also reducing their draw length about a half inch shorter than their full draw. “The shorter draw length and less draw weight is insurance when it gets cold or you have to wait for a shot opportunity at full draw,” he said. “It is just a better fit, feels more natural and lessens the chance you make contact with your arm holding the bow when you are wearing big, bulky jackets. “