Archery and hunting, in general, is a pastime that thousands of people participate in during special seasons or throughout the year. Companies such as Field Logic have created life-like archery targets to help hunters like you practice.
We spent some time working with the Big Shooter Archery Target, so we could break down essential things you need to know to make an informed purchasing decision.
Should you add the 3D buck to your backyard range? Keep reading to find out how it can enhance your hunting and archery experience.
The Big Shooter Buck was designed for those looking to build their archery and hunting experience as well as those who are looking to have some hunting fun without actually hitting a deer. The buck itself is life-like and affordable enough for experienced and beginner hunters. You can set the buck up in your practice range, whether it’s indoor or outdoor, and use it as a practice target before heading out into the woods.
Along with the standard packaging of the product, manufacturer instructions, and the buck, the Big Shooter also comes with a replaceable insert core, as well as ground stakes that ensure the buck can easily stand in your practice range.
The Field Logic Big Shooter Buck 3D Archery Target is a 51-inch, life-life buck that has a 33-inch shoulder and 125-inch Pope and Young antlers. The replaceable, high-density core is nearly 25% larger than the majority of other practice shooter bucks on the market. In fact, the buck has the size of a 200-pound live deer.
The legs and antlers of the deer can be removed easily, so it can be stored when not being used. The product also works well in stopping broadhead, expandable, and field tip arrows. Likewise, the arrows can be easily removed when the shooter pulls them out.
The design also features a poly-fusion insert that increases the durability. It also has a four-sided vitals area that’s seven times bigger than other practice bucks. Additionally, the buck is made in the USA and economically friendly.
The Big Shooter Buck is designed to take hits, so you don’t have to worry about being gentle with it. To get the most out of your purchase, the manufacturer recommends setting it up in your outdoor or indoor range and using the specified arrows for your practice. Field Logic also recommends aiming for the replaceable insert zone, also known as the vitals zone, which is the area that’s designed to take the weight from your arrows.
The buck is easy to disassemble and move, and ensuring that you don’t allow it to sit out during harsh storms could extend its life. The more you use your practice buck, the sooner you should replace the insert. You should be able to get approximately 250 shots before needing to replace it. However, you can extend it further than that.
Here’s a video demonstrating how the product works.
While the price difference isn’t much, there are a few things that Field Logic’s GlenDel Buck 3D Archery Target has that the Big Shooter Buck doesn’t have. It has nearly five times the insert shooting surface that allows for over 1,000 practice shots before it would need replacement.
It also clearly indicates the vital organs to teach you where the organs are, and where you should shoot when hunting stags in the woods. Also, all internal layers are fused to the inner target for a more uniform layer compression.
Working with the Big Shooter Buck 3D Archery Target proved to be easier than expected, and there were both benefits and downfalls with it. We found that for the price, the target did precisely what it needed to do but with the proper information, we would have invested a few more dollars into the GlenDel Buck 3D Archery Target instead.
Pulling arrows from the Big Shooter Buck was quite tricky and seemed to need a team effort. We also found that the “kill zone” insert protruded from the buck itself, and using more than the two stakes provided might be needed to keep the deer in place. However, multiple arrow types were used, and there didn’t seem to be an issue.
Overall, for the price that you pay, the Big Shooter Buck 3D Archery Target is worth it, especially for those who won’t use it frequently and are looking for something for occasional practice shooting. If you aren’t ready to spend an arm and a leg and don’t mind a few inconsistencies with the product, this practice buck could be a reliable option for you.
Otherwise, we would highly recommend spending the few extra dollars on the GlenDel Buck from the same company. It offers more to the shooter, proved to be more durable, and is designed to take more arrow hits.