Broadheads For Whitetail Deer
How do we wade through all of the hype and sift through the dozens of broadheads available today to find the right broadhead for our needs?
It is my opinion that most of the broadheads on the market today will get the job done on a whitetail deer. If your bow is launching the arrow straight and there is no contact with the fletching then the broadhead selection is less important. On the other hand, once your arrow goes sideways and the fins of the broadhead catch the wind it can be off to the wild blue yonder. Compound bow manufacturers like to tout arrow speed in their product information, but a fast arrow speed makes good broadhead tipped arrow flight more difficult. The key is to find what works best with your bow.
Most hunters that I talk to tend to stick with the broadhead that has worked well for them in the past. The other thing that I think is common is for hunters to blame poor arrow flight on the broadhead when it is actually the set up of their bow.
When I was having problems shooting broadhead tipped arrows straight with a previous bow, I tried several broadheads until I found one that flew well.
One of my favorite broadhead is the Thunderhead from New Archery Products. I settled on this broadhead when I was searching for a good flying broadhead for my previous bow. I’ve killed several deer with these and would not hesitate to recommend them for anyone hunting whitetail deer.
Another broadhead that I have had success with is the Super Lazer Pro from Cabelas. I was looking through their catalog one day and noticed these broadheads and thought that they looked like a good deal for the price. I put a rubber washer behind the head similar to the Thunderhead and have been real pleased with them.
In the fall of 2004 I tried a Wasp Jackhammer SST broadhead. This was the first mechanical broadhead that I have used. I shot at a doe that was standing broadside at 30 yards and the arrow passed through both lungs.
The doe ran less than 50 yards and we heard her go down.
The Wasp Jackhammer SST broadhead opened perfectly and put a nice hole through the opposite side of her ribcage. I was impressed by the performance of this mechanical broadhead. I also know another hunter that has used these broadheads successfully on whitetail deer.
In 2005 I used a NAP Spitfire 3-Blade mechanical broadhead. I shot another doe through both lungs and she didn't make it 50 yards. The broadhead flew true through a small hole between the tree limbs for 26 yards before contacting the doe. I wouldn't hesitate using another Spitfire broadhead. NAP also makes the Thunderhead broadheads that I've used.
I also have a Muzzy broadhead that I didn't get to try this year, but next year I'll give it another go. I’ve read good things in the past about Muzzy broadheads and expect that it will perform well.
I did see one whitetail deer shot with a mechanical broadhead a few years back that didn't impress me. The deer was hit towards the lower part of the neck and the broadhead made a turn and ran up the neck, not exiting. The deer ran only 30 to 40 yards. I didn't like it that the broadhead didn't drive right on through the deer. The mechanical was a Pucketts Bloodtrailer, I don’t see these around much anymore.
It seems pretty well accepted in bowhunting circles that mechanical broadheads will mimic the flight of your fieldpoints. This fact alone could help enhance your confidence when you get your chance at a buck of a lifetime.
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