Making a DIY Discharge Target

One of the worst things about owning a crossbow is having to discharge it at the end of the day when you are done. There are professionally made crossbow discharge targets and blunt tip arrows that work but they are expensive and I don’t find them to be very effective on the fast launch bows.

I am going to show you a quick and simple way to make a discharge target out of stuff you probably have lying around in your basement or that you can pick up very inexpensively.

What you need:

  • A 5 gallon bucket with a snap on lid
  • A piece of plastic, like a heavy-duty garbage bag
  • Cloth material – old blue jeans, towels, blankets, old sleeping bag etc.

Step One

Take the lid off the plastic 5 gallon bucket. Remove the center of the lid so you just have the retaining ring.

Step Two

Take whatever you are using for material and stuff it inside the bucket. Don’t be afraid to pack it really tight. The tighter you pack it, the better it will work.

Step Three

Lay the pastic on top of the stuffed bucket. Take the lid, snap it back on. Trim away any excess plastic.

Step Four

Load in a field point and shoot through the plastic, into the bucket.

There you go! Now you have a simple, inexpensive, effective way to let your bow out at the end of the day. You can toss your discharge bucket in the back of your truck or leave it at the bottom of your tree stand.

What to do if Your Crossbow is Not Grouping

If your bow is not grouping well, besides anything loose on the bow, try shooting and retrieving just one arrow. Even if its a bad arrow, crossbows are machines and they will shoot pretty much the same hole every time with one arrow.

If you shoot and retrieve and shoot and retrieve that one arrow and it’s all over the target its NOT the arrows, its more than likely YOU. Every time you pull the trigger you’re pointing that bow in a different direction.

Adjust Your Technique

These new bows are their own animals. One bow is NOT going to shoot like another and you need to ADJUST YOUR TECHNIQUE to see what the new bow wants (and it’s probably different than your old bow) and once you find that technique hold it. You can’t shoot a 12 gauge shot gun all your life and pick up an AR and knock eggs off golf tees at 500 yrds without a bit of trigger time and some technique adjustment. Why would a crossbow be any different??

I have proven time and again that the main reason a bow is “not accurate” or “will not group” is the shooter. Not the bow, not the arrows, but the shooter. Take your time, do the one arrow deal like I said and LEARN THE BOW before you try grouping arrows. If you cant drill bullet holes with one arrow something is wrong and don’t take yourself out of the variables, more than likely your not shooting the bow how the bow wants to be shot.