GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target – Deer Hunting Target Review

GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target – Deer Hunting Target Review Quick answers about the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck for the impatient: Does the GlenDel Buck 3D Archery Target work? Yes! Very well. Is […]

GlenDel Buck Full-Rut archery 3D target review - boxGlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target – Deer Hunting Target Review

Quick answers about the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck for the impatient:

GlenDel Buck Full-Rut archery 3D target review - box endWhat is the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target?

GlenDel offers a Full line of Buck 3D archery targets that mimic the size and shape of different sizes of deer. The GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target is the largest, resembling a rather thick, stout buck with the tell-tale swollen neck of the rut.

Full line of GlenDel Buck 3D archery targets (Amazon links):   http://j.mp/GlenDel_Buck_targets

If you remember them as Field Logic archery targets, don’t feel bad. Before Feradyne acquired Field Logic they had all of these brands:

Block® targets, Glen Del® targets, Shooter™ Buck targets, Black Hole™ targets, Hurricane™ bag targets, IQ® Bowsights, Sure-Loc® Archery Products, S4Gear and Apple Archery® and X-Press® bow presses.

GlenDel Buck Full-Rut archery 3D target review - round paper archery targetWhy should you care about 3D Archery Targets?

If you have ever shot a bow, then you have probably shot at a standard paper circle archery target of some sort. Circle targets are great for getting a bow sighted in and casual archery. I have also used bag and block archery targets, mainly for convenience. However, when training for hunting, standard, flat, 2-Dimensional paper archery targets are a bit lacking. To give the bow hunter a more realistic way to prepare for the hunt companies like GlenDel have developed 3-Dimensional targets that actually look pretty darned close to the game which they mimic.

Some benefits of using 3D targets include:

  • Allows you to develop proper sight picture for the game you hunt
  • The ability to shoot from a variety of angles and SEE how the arrow will bisect the game at various impact points
  • Acclimating to seeing a deer in your sight picture… which can kick-in nerves and adrenaline

Not to mention the obvious… 3D targets look really cool!

How GlenDel describes the Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

GlenDel Buck Full-Rut archery 3D target review - stock photoSTOPS ALL BROADHEADS & FIELD TIPS!
Use with your Compound, Crossbow & Longbow
The GlenDel Full-Rut Buck is the largest 3-D deer target you can buy! If you hunt big bucks you’ll want to practice on the biggest buck target of all!
Shoulder Height: Stands 37” at the shoulders
Total Height: 62” tall
Rack Size: 150” B&C antlers
Insert Size: 14” X 14” X 14”
Features:

  • Open Layered Polyfusion Technology
  • Easy Arrow Removal! Fusing the internal layers to the inner target wall results in more uniform layer compression which, in turn, means easier arrow removal. And, easier arrow removal means less shooter fatigue, which means you’ll get more and better practice!
  • Longer target life! PolyFusion™ also results in longer target life. Because the layers are fused in place, they hold their position. Arrows find their way between layers. Previously, when an arrow hit a layer head-on, the layer would buckle. This resulted in layer damage that reduced target life.
  • Replaceable insert for longer target life

How to assemble the GlenDel Full Rut Buck 3D Archery Target

Assembly of the GlenDel Full Rut Buck 3D Archery Target is super easy. So easy that I didn’t even look for directions in the box… and I didn’t need them anyway.

I admit that I was a bit concerned that it would fall over since it is only held upright by two pieces of rebar about two feet long each. I stood the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target where I wanted it on my range and pushed down on the front and rear legs just enough that the steel inserts in the legs dug into the ground a bit. Using those indentions in the dirt as my guide, I used a hammer to drive each piece of rebar into the dirt about half way. Then I simply slid the steel inserts in each leg over the rebar.

A bag target that split after less than 100 arrows from my Bear bow

A bag target that split after less than 100 arrows from my Bear bow

Does the GlenDel Full Rut Buck 3D Archery Target work?

Yes it does!
I have to be honest… I shoot a 70 Lb Bear Archery Legion compound bow that caused a recent new target to fail prematurely. I was hopeful that the GlenDel Deer Target would hold up to the speed (IBOfps 318) and power of my bow, but let’s just say I can be a bit sceptical.

Mounting

My first concern was that the impact of the arrows would knock the deer target over. That was not remotely the case. Between the mass of the big GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target and the two rebar rods holding it in place, the target did not move appreciably when hit.

Durability

Time will tell how it holds up in the weather and with lots of arrows flung at it, but so far the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target is holding up well. Removing arrows from the target leaves small holes which close up a bit over time. However, they do not totally close up. The target is not made of a “self repairing” material, which is why the “boiler room” area of the deer target is easily replaceable. If the archer is reasonably competent and hits the replaceable core block most of the time, then the damage to the rest of the deer target should be minimal.

Also, GlenDel states that broadheads are fine. I have only used target points so far. I will try broadheads as it gets close to deer season and I am more certain that I will hit the replaceable core of the target instead of the rest of the body.

GlenDel Buck Full-Rut archery 3D target review - arrows in targetRemoving arrows

One area that I found a bit challenging is removing arrows that have been shot into the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target. I shoot carbon arrows and have to be careful not to get splinters from the shafts of some of the more “experienced” arrows in my practice arrow quiver. It took about all of my hand strength to pull a few of the arrows from the target without allowing my hand to slide down the arrow any… and risk splinters. Interestingly, none of my screw in target points gave me any issues, but the grabby foam target had kept a crimp-on point or two off of some of my cheap practice arrows.

Portability

One of the great things about the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target is that it is made of

GlenDel Buck Full-Rut archery 3D target review - 1st deer with a bow

1st deer I took with a bow. I will practice with the GlenDel Buck from the same stand.

foam, which keeps it relatively light. Some hunters are pretty casual about prepping for hunting season, but not me. I treat the hunting pre-season much as I treat hockey pre-season… time to get in shape and practice the way that I hunt. A typical bow hunt for me is from a tree stand, which means I am sitting when I shoot. Therefore, I practice shooting while seated in a tree stand, not just standing like most people do. I will even take a target to each of my stands and practice shooting into the actual shooting lanes where I expect to see deer.

The portability of the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target means that I can literally take it to the places where I hunt and practice shooting a life sized 3D deer target from the stands that I will hunt from. This helps settle my nerves when deer season arrives, as I have already proven to myself that I can make the shots from the stand… not just in the controlled environment of the archery range. I can’t wait to take the GlenDel Buck to my favorite archery stand to practice.

Deer decoy?

Which makes me wonder… I have never really considered using a decoy for deer hunting… but I have the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target set up in my back yard right now and whenever I catch a glimpse of it through the window I have to do a double take. It looks THAT real. If you have thoughts on this, let me know in the comments  please. I’ll also research the local laws, just in case.

Overall

I am thrilled with the GlenDel Full-Rut Buck 3D Archery Target, so far. As a simulated 300 Lb deer it represents a rather large deer in my area. I’ll update this review periodically as I get a better feel for the long term durability.

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I definitely recommend the GlenDel Full Rut Buck 3D archery target. It is fun, durable, and helps me become a better hunter.

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About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits. A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management. Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.