Maybe You Are Using Your Broadheads Incorrectly – Here’s Why!

Wide-cutting broadheads aid in quick killing of deer and boars.

But the part is very critical and hence requires special care and attention to use properly and have effective action.

I have seen a number of videos depicting how little penetration kills the target easily.

Penetration and Cutting Diameter of a mechanical broadhead

For example, in a typical TV show, when a buck is kept under target by the shooter, he then shoots it and kaboom! The deer crashes right over there with 25 inches of the 29 inches’ arrow wagging outside.

This has kept me pondering about the science and logic behind the same, but let us not go much deeper into that.

But what bewilders me is the complete lack of penetration in modern compound bows wielded by the grown men.

I do archery bow tests within my capacity and very few of these produce less than 75 to 80-foot-pounds of kinetic energy, that is quite the double value of average traditional bows.

Hence the upcoming content presents how there might be a wrong practice of using the broadheads followed by a majority of the shooters out there.

Two Holes are better than one.

According to me, it is very important to have two holes rather than one in bow hunting.

I repeat, it is always better to have two hole-shots on the target rather than one, particularly in cases where the deer is shot from elevated positions.

In case of incomplete penetration, a high entrance hole without a lower exit on the body may result in the immediate kill of the animal, but it would not leave a trail of blood behind.

As a result, it becomes very difficult to search for the prey in areas of thick vegetation, rainy grounds or grounds covered with thick snow.

This problem becomes more prominent with less than ideal shots.

hybrid broadheads

Photo by Jagt-Glimt

With the bowhunting sport gaining immense popularity among the youth these days, it is also a fact to ponder that their physical capabilities act as limiting factor for the energy delivery to the arrows shot.

As the bow hunters grow older and older, this energy delivery even gets lower and lower and hence eventually leads to more confusions and complications in the shooting practice.

I am quite conservative in my views regarding bow hunting.

Recently I used arrows which were forayed with a popular mechanical model of cut on contact tip and conservative cutting diameter to aid in my not-so-perfect shots these days due to old age.

This led me to draw the conclusions on the following wrong practices followed by many of our youth shooters and their correct options:

  1. The shorter will be the draw length and power stroke, the lighter will be the draw weight and hence lesser will be the energy delivered to the target and hence lesser will be the penetration of the arrow.
  2. Majority of the bow hunters use broadheads these days without understanding its full mechanism or considering their energy capability. The wider is a broadhead’s cutting diameter, the more blades it holds, the less efficient it is in firing and hence the less penetration will be there.
  3. For youth, women or shooters having draw length less than 28 inches, draw weights less than 45 pounds, finished arrows weighing less than 375 grains, I would recommend not to use the mechanical broadheads and instead choose efficient and cutting-tip fixed blade.
  4. For the above category of bow hunters, it is better to choose a conservative mechanical bow with cutting diameter less than 13/4 inches, holding a cutting tip and deployed blades that slice instead of chopping the target.
  5. For average bow hunters having draw length between 28 to 29 inches, draw weight between 60 to 65 pounds and finished arrow weighing 400 to 425 grains, it is better to have two blade designs with cutting diameter up to 2 inches and in case of three blade models the cutting diameter of 13/4 inches.
  6. For heavyweight bow hunters with draw length, draw weight and finished arrows weighing above 29”, 70+ pounds and 425 grains respectively, magnum mechanical models with aggressive cutting angles are the best.

In short, choosing a bow on the basis of individual capabilities is better than following the herd blindly.