Making sure that you get your arrow through the deer you are bow hunting is very important. Making sure that you get a kill on impact is critical and morally ethical to your deer hunt. You don’t want to have the wrong broadhead hunting because it might not kill the deer on impact. Knowing your different kinds of broadheads can take you to become a novice bowhunter to an expert bowhunter. Having a full arsenal is important while bow hunting deer and so is being properly educated, which includes knowing all about your broadheads.
Types of Broadheads
There are a few types of broadheads that you can choose from. You have your fixed, mechanical, or expandable broadheads to choose from. Each one has its own pros and cons when it comes to using them for deer hunting. You need to make sure they are durable and dependable.
The first thing you need to do while figuring out what type of broadhead you need for deer hunting is to make sure it is durable. According to Wilderness Today, “The broadhead is the only piece of gear you carry into the woods to cut through the flesh of your quarry and cause tissue destruction. The more durable they are, the more likely they are to be intact after a double pass through a deer’s chest cavity.” Steel broadheads have proven over time to be the most durable out in the field.
You should never go out in the field and worry if your broadhead or any piece of equipment is going to be faulty or not work properly. A good hunter always has their equipment in tip-top shape. The two things that make a broadhead dependable is that it is lethal and dependable to drive straight through the deer’s chest cavity.
Expandable or Fixed Broadheads
If you are going for thinner animals like a deer the expandable broadhead is going to be your best bet. Mechanical and fixed broadheads have been studied and the identical recovery numbers are almost the same in the field. Expandable broadheads negatives outweigh the negatives of a fixed broadhead. The only problem you might have is if your expandable broadhead doesn’t open on impact. Which shouldn’t happen if you know your broadhead is durable and dependable.
Location of Hunt
Expandable broadheads are also better in an open field if you are deer hunting. Most grazing deer will be anywhere from 10 to 50 yards from you. The expandable broadheads do better in flat terrain because at longer distances the trajectory is flatter which makes the head more useful.
In the end, the best option for you to deer hunt with is an expandable broadhead. You can use a mechanical or fixed head as well. If they are durable and dependable then you are good to go. Make sure you choose your broadhead carefully because it is just as important as picking the bow to use. If you are looking for a more in-depth discussion on what exact type of broadhead to use then I suggest watching this video as it explains the different types of heads to use at different distances.