While it be on TV I have seen many elk get shot with one and they do not go very far, but as with anything you must make a good shot. I think the thing with mechanical broadheads on elk you just do not want to hit a heavy bone(ie shoulder), but I think if you were to hit a rib you would still be fine. I have used the Rages but not on an elk, I used the three blade on an antelope and it was totoally devastating, so I think with a good hit it should work just fine. I would just make sure your o rings are good so it does not depoly to early.
Here is the scenario... you sit in your 2 piece climbing stand and your foot inadvertently bumps the lower section while there is no weight on it - and it slides down the tree, out of reach!
OK, you are safe - you have a string tied from the upper section that you are sitting on and the foot portion that slid 4-5 feet down the tree. All you have to do it pull the other section up, reposition it and you are back in business, correct?
Have you ever tested this theory?
I have -...