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The archer should also have a place to carry a few extras, such as an extra bowstring, some wax, an oiled rag, extra tips, etc. These may be carried in a leather case fastened to the belt as shown in Figure 102, or to the quiver, as shown in Figure 104, or the buckskin pouch shown in Figure 103 may be suspended from the quiver belt.

The Target

Having finished all his equipment, the archer will want something to shoot at. Regular straw targets may be purchased from dealers in archery equipment. They are made of rye or wheat straws about 4 in. thick and 4 ft. in diameter. They can be made at home if one has the necessary rye or wheat straw, marsh hay, or dried bullrushes. Such a straw target is made in much the same manner as that followed in making a grass table mat. The coils are made 4 in. thick, and they must be wrapped as tightly as possible with heavy cord. See Figure 105.


Keep adding material as you go along to keep the coil uniform, and until the length is sufficient to make the 4-ft. circle. This may mean 40 or more feet of 4-in. coil. Then roll it into a tight spiral, using a heavy upholsterer's needle to sew the adjacent coils together as the spiral is formed. Then cover the whole target with burlap sewed around the edge. The face of the target shown in Figure 106 is painted on sized muslin or sign painter's cloth. Do not use enamels or gloss paints.

The gold counts 9, the red, 7, the blue, 5, the black, 5, and the white, 1.

Another target which is rather easy to make, but which is not portable, is made of two bales of straw set at an angle as shown in Figure 107.

The frame for this type of target may be made of 2 by 4-in. lumber or of 3-in. tamarack poles. The target face is then fastened to the straw with wood skewers. As this sort of target is out in all weather, it is well to provide a cover of some sort to keep off rain and snow, otherwise it will rot in a year or so.

Another form of target may be made of a 4-in. by 3 by 4-ft. carton of corrugated paper filled with straw or hay. Cartons of this kind may be obtained from printing establishments, as certain paper comes packed in them. A smaller target face will be necessary but it will be quite large enough to practice on.