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Broadheads for Whitetails


“Rage in the cage” is all the rage in today’s whitetail world. There is no doubt the “Rage” broadhead is wildly popular for its wide wound channels and gothic blood trails. But there are many excellent broadheads that can and do kill whitetails. After all, isn’t that what we are after? A quick, humane kill? The size of the blood trail does not necessarily equate to an effective broadhead. Now don’t get me wrong I am not an anti-rage person. Actually I have never used them, and the reasoning is coming up shortly.

Wound channels are important in causing quick humane death to the animals we are hunting. Bow hunters know that we kill by causing massive blood loss and the quicker we can do that, the more humane it is for the animals.

There are really two camps on the broadhead scene. Fixed blade and mechanical or expanding blade. Both are excellent and efficient at killing. Which you prefer is largely personal, but let’s look at each and see if we can make a more wise choice.

Fixed blades proved the security of knowing the blades will be effective when they make contact. Whether you are using a cut on contact head or a chisel point head. The blades will do their job the instant there is contact. They are a little more difficult to tune since the blades will catch air and cause the arrow to want to drift at times. But once tuned will fly very accurately.

Mechanical heads are popular because they need little to no tuning. Simply screw them in and shoot away at your target. For many the debate ends there. For others it carries over to cutting diameter. Some mechanical heads have a cutting diameter of over two inches, while most fixed heads have much smaller cutting diameters. It is important to note that the size of the hole does not necessarily correlate to a quick death. Penetration does. And when shooting larger deer, pigs, bear, elk etc. penetration is critical. Here a smaller head and a heavier arrow is a better choice.

I personally know some who want to shoot the biggest broadhead they can find and seldom get pass through shots and cannot understand why. Sure they are killing the deer, but we all know pass through shots are quicker and easier to find. A head with a cutting diameter of one to 1 1/8” is more than sufficient to quickly kill all the animals mentioned above and get pass through shots.

Ralph Cianciarulo one half of Ralph and Vicki’s Archer’s Choice Media has been hunting animals all across the globe for decades and described it this way. Vicki shoots a bow at 51 pounds and routinely shoots completely through moose, bear and elk at over thirty yards. Because she is shooting a 425 grain arrow and a broadhead that is 1 1/8” cutting diameter. The small head and heavy arrow have enough energy to punch through the largest game in North America out of a bow shooting only 51 pounds.”

For decades the push has been on speed, speed and more speed. Smaller and lighter arrows, giant broadheads and massive wound channels. When really, what is needed is more accuracy, strong heavy arrows and small broadheads that will pass through all animals we shoot.

There are many good quality broadheads available. Rage, Wasp, Havoc, Montec, Muzzy, T3, Hell Razor, Toxic, and so on. All are excellent broadheads. Match a good head with your arrow, tune them and practice so you know where they fly and have enough confidence to make the shot when it presents itself.