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Old 06-25-2018, 04:09 PM   #1
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Was toying with how to make a moving practice target that anyone could replicate with the simplest materials, and that could be operated by one person. Motivation is to gain practice shooting at a target not sitting still, such as hogs on a spot-and-stalk hunt -- affectionately termed by some as "spook and shoot".

Anyway, all that is needed for this rig is a couple of cheap metal fence posts (actually could use conduit, pipe, or a couple of handy trees), some ordinary string, 3 large paper clips, a piece of cardboard and spring grip clamp (as a forward weight).

Tie the string tautly at a fairly steep downward angle from one post to the other in front of your target butt or backstop. Stick a couple of the paper clips at the top of the cardboard piece at front and back and hook them over the string. Attach the clamp to the lower front corner of the cardboard. String angle needs to be steep enough for weighted cardboard to slide freely from the top toward the lower end of string. Once that angle is set to satisfaction, set the cardboard piece at the top and chock the leading paper clip with the third paperclip to hold it at the ready position. Tie a fairly long piece of string to this third paperclip and back up a few yards and make a loop in the other end large enough to put your foot through. This will be the "trigger" for the rig.

Once all is ready, with foot in trigger loop and an arrow is nocked in your bow, simply pull your foot with string loop to remove the paperclip chock, and then shoot the moving target.

Will add pics of all this via phone in a edit. Pics will show set-up and first three shots I took from about 5 yards. Only limitation to rig would be how much string you wanted to play out for trip wire.
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:17 PM   #2
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Was toying with how to make a moving practice target that anyone could replicate with the simplest materials, and that could be operated by one person. Motivation is to gain practice shooting at a target not sitting still, such as hogs on a spot-and-stalk hunt -- affectionately termed by some as "spook and shoot".

Anyway, all that is needed for this rig is a couple of cheap metal fence posts (actually could use conduit, pipe, or a couple of handy trees), some ordinary string, 3 large paper clips, a piece of cardboard and spring grip clamp (as a forward weight).

Tie the string tautly at a fairly steep downward angle from one post to the other in front of your target butt or backstop. Stick a couple of the paper clips at the top of the cardboard piece at front and back and hook them over the string. Attach the clamp to the lower front corner of the cardboard. String angle needs to be steep enough for weighted cardboard to slide freely from the top toward the lower end of string. Once that angle is set to satisfaction, set the cardboard piece at the top and chock the leading paper clip with the third paperclip to hold it at the ready position. Tie a fairly long piece of string to this third paperclip and back up a few yards and make a loop in the other end large enough to put your foot through. This will be the "trigger" for the rig.

Once all is ready, with foot in trigger loop and an arrow is nocked in your bow, simply pull your foot with string loop to remove the paperclip chock, and then shoot the moving target.

Will add pics of all this via phone in a edit. Pics will show set-up and first three shots I took from about 5 yards. Only limitation to rig would be how much string you wanted to play out for trip wire.
Here's pics:
Pics got slighly out of sequence -- last image shows close-up of "trigger" paperclip holding target at the top of string.

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Old 06-25-2018, 04:28 PM   #3
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Now add some limbs, trees and make it bounce and dodge.

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Old 06-25-2018, 04:36 PM   #4
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Now add some limbs, trees and make it bounce and dodge.

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Okay, smartguy: stick some brush in front and shoot from a rocking chair.
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Old 06-25-2018, 05:18 PM   #5
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Old 06-25-2018, 05:26 PM   #6
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Always got an answer. May have to try it if a cant talk my wife into dragging my pig target around in the wagon.

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Old 06-25-2018, 07:17 PM   #7
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Always got an answer. May have to try it if a cant talk my wife into dragging my pig target around in the wagon.

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Yes sir, on answers! I'll take that as a compliment.

That would be really cool if you could put pig 3D target on wagon and get somebody to drag it around.

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Thanks, Bisch! I appreciate the double thumbs up!

Just shooting 3 moving target shots helped me. Here's the next shot (after those moving target shots). Backed up from 5 to 15 yards, btw. Just shot at the center of target trying to hit the bare string. Hit it.


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Old 06-25-2018, 07:32 PM   #9
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If not her maybe the grandson . . .

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Old 06-25-2018, 08:49 PM   #10
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Pretty cool setup.

I've got a motorized one (yeah, I'm always making things harder than they need to be).

It works great, but runs the batteries down to fast. I just need to get some bigger batteries with a good solar charger for remote operation, and a good power supply for when I have an outlet to plug into.

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Thinkin' folks could use this in an FSC set-up. Easy enough that anyone could do it.
Right?


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Old 06-26-2018, 07:39 AM   #12
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If you think we have limited participation now . . .
Then again most folks prolly aren't as lazy as me.
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Thinkin' folks could use this in an FSC set-up. Easy enough that anyone could do it.
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Old 06-26-2018, 10:55 AM   #13
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As our friend Ben will verify I need one that will simulate (sp.) a charging hog at 40 mph.
I missed the 2nd one Sun. morning at no more than 5 feet! I didn't think it was possible to miss anything at that distance but I guess if you're wondering if you're abt to die its hard to concentrate on your form. Lol

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Old 06-26-2018, 10:58 AM   #14
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As our friend Ben will verify I need one that will simulate (sp.) a charging hog at 40 mph.
I missed the 2nd one Sun. morning at no more than 5 feet! I didn't think it was possible to miss anything at that distance but I guess if you're wondering if you're abt to die its hard to concentrate on your form. Lol

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Old 06-26-2018, 12:15 PM   #15
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As our friend Ben will verify I need one that will simulate (sp.) a charging hog at 40 mph.
I missed the 2nd one Sun. morning at no more than 5 feet! I didn't think it was possible to miss anything at that distance but I guess if you're wondering if you're abt to die its hard to concentrate on your form. Lol

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Ok! Workin' on it!

Glad you're okay, Ronnie!
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Old 06-26-2018, 03:21 PM   #16
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Ok! Workin' on it!

Glad you're okay, Ronnie!
Thanks Buddy. I told them that I wasn't practicing on anything but moving targets when I got home.
Thinking abt pulling a pretty heavy target up on a limb with a pulley and letting it swing down toward me ( or in my direction) . Something of that nature anyway. Shouldn't that work?


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Old 06-26-2018, 03:36 PM   #17
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Swinging is fine and the shooter can move to change the angle (as long as there's a safe backstop area behind).

I was actually thinking more of a ramp-type set-up that could roll balls of varying sizes either perpendicular to shooter or at other angles, including right at the shooter.

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Old 06-26-2018, 03:54 PM   #18
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That's a pretty nifty idea sir!
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Old 06-26-2018, 04:53 PM   #19
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Yeah your right. Backstop not a problem living in the country though.
Hung this old block target from high in an oak tree and it works good. Problem is I hit the spot I'm shooting at every time so obviously the problem with me in a real scenario is the feeling that I might be fixing to die!! Lol

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Yeah your right. Backstop not a problem living in the country though.
Hung this old block target from high in an oak tree and it works good. Problem is I hit the spot I'm shooting at every time so obviously the problem with me in a real scenario is the feeling that I might be fixing to die!! Lol

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Old 06-26-2018, 04:57 PM   #21
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Very good idea!
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Swinging is fine and the shooter can move to change the angle (as long as there's a safe backstop area behind).

I was actually thinking more of a ramp-type set-up that could roll balls of varying sizes either perpendicular to shooter or at other angles, including right at the shooter.

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That's a pretty nifty idea sir!
Thanks, Shiloh!
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Old 06-26-2018, 05:14 PM   #23
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I just have my daughter roll tennis balls across the yard, and when she is not home I stand under the eve of the house and throw them onto the roof, then shoot them after they roll off into the yard.
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