I've been bowhunting for whitetail for a couple years now but haven't taken anything (a number of reasons... from crap equipment, to muscle failure, to not seeing ANYTHING for WEEKS even though I KNOW there are deer in the area).
I've got a pretty decent setup now though. Currently I have the following:
Left-handed PSE Nova (needs new strings, peep sight, and stabilizer)
Truglo Rival FX sight
25 1/2 inch Easton 2213 XX75 Superlite with NAP QuikSpin and Twister fletchings
I think my broadheads are Carbon Express Assault LP-3... The arrows and broadheads I got free from a friend who bowhunts.
I've also got a 4 arrow quiver. It works fine but it's black and sticks out pretty bad. I'll have to give it some color.
I'm worried that if I shoot a deer with the broadheads I have I'll lose the animal (looks like the head will leave a hole about the size of a nickel). I know placement is the most important thing, but I've talked to some Amish guys in KY who bowhunt and they say their deer regularly run a mile or more before dropping and many times they lose the blood trail completely. Not sure what their setup is.
The deer around here AREN'T that big. Biggest I've seen is probably 120lbs (I saw a 6-point last year that couldn't have weighed more than 40... he was running a bunch of does bigger than he was). I guess a small broadhead would work fine where I am. The herd in this particular area is in awful condition- there's food EVERYWHERE but little to no hunting takes place so deer are all over but they're tiny.
I plan on hunting my grandad's place in KY where the deer are MUCH bigger. A couple years ago a kid took a 12 point that field dressed at over 300lbs and I'm not sure my set up would drop a big boy like that. Should I invest in heavier broadheads and arrows? What kind of arrows do ya'll use? Do you get name-brand, expensive stuff, or just pick up some cheapo's from the local big Box store?
Also, I'm thinking of getting neon colored wraps for any arrows (current or future) I get to increase my visibility- would that affect the momentum of the arrow?