Thinking about switching back to fixed head broadheads
Today, as I was hunting my way out of the woods, every little shrub would cause my mechanical broadhead to open up so I think I will go back to fixed broadheads and not worry if my broadhead is open or not.
I would not say I have swithched back to mechanicals, but as far as elk and deer I have. I was primarly shooting the rage 3 blade at eveything. While I never had one open up accidently or early I decided with elk and mule deer being such a heavy boned animal I would shoot a mechanical at them and I switched to the Slick Trick Magnums, Now with antelope I still shoot my Rage and they work great, but sitting a blind all day you do not have to worry about any kind of debris and such knocking the broadhead open. And I must say they new a great number on antelope!!
I am very pleased with the performance of the rage two blade. It did a real number on the deer I shot last year and I like that they do shoot like my field point. It was like I said yesterday about it accidently opening and putting it in the quiver is a problem too. Maybe I'll use both depending on the hunting situatin.
Here's a question CVC, if that fixed blade had hit the same shrub, wouldn't it have deflected the arrow anyway? It's either going to catch the mechanical and cause it to open, or it's going to bump the fixed blade and send it in another direction. I don't think the fixed blade would shoot through the shrub.
I am holding out my opinion though till I actually shoot something with my bow.
I wasn't referring to the broadhead opening from hitting something in flight, but while it was still on my bow and nocked. I was hunting my way out from my stand and little twigs would hit the broadhead and cause it to open.
Ah, that makes more sense. I got it now. I am thinking of switching too, but I have a hard time finding a place to practice with the real broadheads. And, they say that if you can't practice with them, that the mechanicals fly more like practice tips. That's why i stick with those.
I've seen a lot of hunters switching back from mechanicals to the fix broadhead in the last few years. I really wouldn't know since I have always used the fix broadhead from the time that I started to archery hunt a long time ago.
One thing that I found out if you shoot at a indor range and they don't allow broadheads because of the damage that they cause to the target is to bring your own target to shoot. Most of the ranges will let you shoot it all day long with broadheads.
From the books that I have read, there is a lot of importance in knowing every nook and cranny of your hunting territory as well as the animal that you are hunting. So scouting as much as possible, just walking the land, will give you a good idea of what's around the corner or what's on the other side of a hill. Which can be very beneficial.
Making your own maps of human and deer trails, and different types of foliage such as group of pines,...