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Old 08-21-2016, 07:27 PM   #1
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Default Built a backstop so I can shoot whenever I want.

Canvas that they were throwing out at work. Reclaimed lumber from a gazebo. Nails that I straightened after pulling them from the aforementioned gazebo. The target is a sand bag stuffed full of it's brothers that were also being thrown out at work. The backstop area is roughly 6' wide by 4' tall. The portion at the back is angled at a 45 degree angle much like a shooting gallery for .22s. So far it works well although the target points do penetrate the canvas. They sure as heck stop though.

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edit: Don't know why it looks so crooked. It's level.

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Old 08-21-2016, 08:29 PM   #2
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love to recycle stuff and cut down on waste...good job!
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:52 PM   #3
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Looks great and very effective! Hanging carpet works well also.
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Old 08-21-2016, 08:54 PM   #4
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Good job!

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Old 08-22-2016, 11:31 AM   #5
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Nice backstop. I paid $40 for a round bale of hay. It worked great for my first 5 months. The sixth months 3 arrows disappeared into the hay bale. I spent a lot of time breaking down the bale to recover my arrows. A 5' round bail is a lot of hay when you spread it out!


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Old 08-22-2016, 12:23 PM   #6
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Looks effective.
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Old 08-22-2016, 12:39 PM   #7
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Nicely done

I can see now that the obsession is strong.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:45 PM   #8
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Nicely done

I can see now that the obsession is strong.
I blame you.
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Old 08-22-2016, 02:17 PM   #9
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I blame you.
Just you wait.

When you start a 2 month baiting program to get squirrels to venture into your back yard, and eat corn in front of your back stop so that when the month of May rolls around, you will at least have the opportunity to take a squirrel with a trad bow... a critter on your trad hit list... then we'll talk.

Oh, if only you could shoot dove over corn.... September would be that much more exciting
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:04 PM   #10
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Corn in front of my backstop? You are a genius! Now I'm wishing I hadn't killed almost 30 of them out here this year for eating the chicken feed. I'm going outside for a second.
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Old 08-22-2016, 08:59 PM   #11
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you can shoot ringnecks over corn!!
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:11 PM   #12
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I just went out and put corn on the top of the backstop. Once the little rats are there I'll start putting some on the ground, just need to keep the chickens from finding it for a while.
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Old 08-22-2016, 09:59 PM   #13
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Most everything is fair game some things have a season.
BTW good looking backstop, just an FYI before too long you are going to have some spiders making webs all over it and you will be able to really test your skills!!!!LOL

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Old 08-22-2016, 10:08 PM   #14
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Corn for backyard squirrels ... blast it, why didn't I think of that
Mentioned it to boys, they're now figuring out where a blind should go
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Here is a picture of my back stop... Notice the target
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:10 PM   #16
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Here is a picture of my back stop... Notice the target
Is that a 3D squirrel sitting there or a real one? If it's a real one he sure does look plump and tasty.
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Old 08-22-2016, 11:16 PM   #17
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you can shoot ringnecks over corn!!
I'd like to hunt birds with a trad bow. Oh heck lets be honest I'd like to hunt anything with this bow but ultimately I'd like to hunt winged prey.
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Is that a 3D squirrel sitting there or a real one? If it's a real one he sure does look plump and tasty.
Well... that ain't 3D corn it is chewing on

And don't let the fat ones fool you, they are still fast
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I'd like to hunt birds with a trad bow. Oh heck lets be honest I'd like to hunt anything with this bow but ultimately I'd like to hunt winged prey.
Pheasant hunting with a srickbow is a ball of fun!!!



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Old 08-22-2016, 11:50 PM   #20
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Pheasant hunting with a srickbow is a ball of fun!!!


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Nice mount! *grin* How many times did you miss before you got that one?
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Nice mount! *grin* How many times did you miss before you got that one?
I have probably shot 100+ times at flying pheasants on 3 different hunts, and got 2. I would go again tomorrow if it came up.

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Old 08-22-2016, 11:58 PM   #22
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I have probably shot 100+ times at flying pheasants on 3 different hunts, and got 2. I would go again tomorrow if it came up.

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Old 08-23-2016, 01:13 AM   #23
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[IMG]http:\2016-02-01\20151105_140444 - Copy - Copy.jpg[/IMG]

Here's a "3D" squirrel.... :

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Old 08-23-2016, 01:18 AM   #24
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Picture won't post. Nevermind.
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Old 08-23-2016, 05:07 AM   #25
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I have been lucky enough to shoot Dove, duck, and geese flying with a bow. All with a compound though. Me and the wife have already talked about a goose hunt with the trad gear.

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Old 08-23-2016, 05:13 AM   #26
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Great job!
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:18 AM   #27
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Congrats on your backstop. Looks like it will take lots of arrows. And yes almost any game is game for the trad bow. Just got to be in the right place at the right time.
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:26 PM   #28
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anyone ever use house stall mats? Do they bend arrows with practice tips?
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Old 06-14-2017, 01:42 PM   #29
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anyone ever use house stall mats? Do they bend arrows with practice tips?
See post #15 with horse stall mats frim TSC. They work great.

Not sure what you ate getting at with "bending arrows)

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Old 06-14-2017, 04:01 PM   #30
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The 3x4 ones are $19.99 Right now.

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Old 06-14-2017, 09:24 PM   #31
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anyone ever use house stall mats? Do they bend arrows with practice tips?
No the mats do a good job of absorbing the arrows energy and stopping them .... have plenty experience on that
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Old 06-14-2017, 09:41 PM   #32
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I like your backstop.

I've got similar targets to your sand bag but hang them horizontal to simulate a deer body.

Those horse stall mats will definitely stop an arrow but they can be a real bear to remove! I wore myself out pulling one and quit shooting for the day.

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Old 06-14-2017, 10:03 PM   #33
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Works for me
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:08 AM   #34
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Good lookin backstop.

Ive been wondering if anybody baits for Eurasian Collared Dove and slays them trad style. There is a mess of them west of I35 in Williamson County...especially Leander.
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:11 AM   #35
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Looks good!

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Old 06-15-2017, 08:28 AM   #36
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Mine. Half of a stall mat and three 2x4s. Sure saves walking and searching for arrows on a bad shot!
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Old 06-15-2017, 08:31 AM   #37
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Now that I'm a bit more accurate I need to build a smaller one that'll hold fewer spiders.

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Good lookin backstop.

Ive been wondering if anybody baits for Eurasian Collared Dove and slays them trad style. There is a mess of them west of I35 in Williamson County...especially Leander.
Ha ha ha ha!!! guilty of trying. I have attracted a whole bunch of birds. I have seen some Eurasians near my house, but none have found/taken the bait.
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Squirrels like dogfood... I hear.
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Good lookin backstop.

Ive been wondering if anybody baits for Eurasian Collared Dove and slays them trad style. There is a mess of them west of I35 in Williamson County...especially Leander.
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Ha ha ha ha!!! guilty of trying. I have attracted a whole bunch of birds. I have seen some Eurasians near my house, but none have found/taken the bait.
Hmm.... We've got White Wings all over the back yard when we feed. I might have to try and take one with the bow come September.

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Old 06-15-2017, 01:05 PM   #41
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Hmm.... We've got White Wings all over the back yard when we feed. I might have to try and take one with the bow come September.

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You can't bait for those...

Edit: or I should say, it is unlawful to do so for the purpose of hunting.

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Old 06-15-2017, 01:13 PM   #42
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You can't bait for those...

Edit: or I should say, it is unlawful to do so for the purpose of hunting.

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Good to know! I'll have to look up the definition of baiting as they just drop out of the trees when we feed our chickens. I'd much rather they went elsewhere as they can sure suck up the feed. Like turkeys and raccoons at a deer feeder.

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Good to know! I'll have to look up the definition of baiting as they just drop out of the trees when we feed our chickens. I'd much rather they went elsewhere as they can sure suck up the feed. Like turkeys and raccoons at a deer feeder.

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That is baiting. There is no concept of intent in the definition.

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Old 06-15-2017, 01:27 PM   #44
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Well then I sure as heck aren't going to shoot at them.

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Or at least don't post photos on the internet!

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My wife hates the whitewings here at the house. They nest in our oak tree a mess all over our vehicles. She tries to get me to kill them every year. And believe me I would like to. However game laws are fairly binding with me so I use the hose.

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