[caption id="attachment_3764" align="alignleft" width="180"] FITA targets have white, black, blue, red, and yellow rings that correspond to a point system.
[caption id="attachment_3765" align="alignright" width="86"] The ASA system uses points of 5,8,10,12, and 14.
Archery targets should be a major part of your arsenal. You have to practice in order to be good at something, and archery is no different. You are going to be shooting at something different depending on the sport in which you are participating. If you are hunting, then you are most likely want to shoot at something that is going to resemble the real thing. They make 3D targets today that resemble these animals to a tee. If you are looking for a whitetail, a black bear, or a razorback boar, I am sure you can find your desired target on the market. They even offer many of them with the anatomy pictured on the exterior of the animal to aid you in perfect shot placement.
If you are participating in a competition then you are going to want something that will mirror your specific competition targets. There are IBO, ASA, and FITA targets that help you practice for your specific event. The International Archery Federation (FITA) is the target that you have probably seen the most of if you are new to the sport. It has white, black, blue, red, and yellow rings that correspond to a point system. One point is awarded for the outermost ring, and then one more for every ring that you get closer to the bull’s-eye.
[caption id="attachment_3766" align="alignright" width="84"] IBO uses a point system of 5,8,10,and 11 to designate the different anatomical parts on an animal.
The International Bowhunting Organization (IBO) and the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) have archery targets
that mimic the heart, lungs, liver, and vital area as their scoring methods. The difference between the two is that the IBO uses a point system of 5,8,10,and 11 to designate the different anatomical parts. The ASA system uses points of 5,8,10,12, and 14. Notice that both archery targets are shaped in the same manner, but they are scored slightly differently. The ASA archery target has two 12-point targets, but only one is scored during the competition. The justification for the 14-point section is that it requires the most risk to execute. Practice makes perfect, so make sure that you are practicing your accuracy in the best way to set yourself up for victory.