13 New Arrow Choices for Whitetails

Although Dwight Schuh had been kind enough to offer me a few assignments throughout his years as this magazine’s Editor, it wasn’t until I was driving home from a public-land whitetail hunt in North Dakota that my dreams of becoming a part of Bowhunter would come true. Freshly minted Editor Curt Wells was on the line, and he asked me first how the hunting had gone.

I was all too eager to relay the story of the buck that was in the back of my pickup, but Curt was calling for more than just a recap of my hunt.

He was fishing around to see if I’d be interested in taking on the Equipment Editor role. Saying yes to an every issue column in the number-one bowhunting publication didn’t require much deliberation on my part.

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What good is a quality bow without a high-quality arrow?

I grew up with Bowhunter, having been introduced to it by my father. The larger-than-life animals and stories were otherworldly to me as a youngster, who could think of few things outside of sitting in a treestand and trying to arrow a deer.

There was no greater authority in my eyes then, and after becoming a part of the publication, I can say that I’ve yet to run across a single source of bowhunting information that draws upon so many true, honest-to-god experts.

It’s not just some of the world’s best bowhunters who grace our pages, however, and that is becoming more important to me. Hardworking hunters find their bylines in this publication as well, and it’s their stories I find myself drawn to these days, because their success is the kind that any one of us could someday find.

Seeing someone with limited hunting time and limited funds come away from the woods with an animal — any animal — and an experience that makes them truly happy, is the foundation of this magazine; and if you’re paying attention, you’ll see that it’s usually one type of animal in particular — the whitetail.

Deer are the glue that binds nearly all of us together. Their availability and aptitude for making us look like silly bipeds who should stick to fast-food is what makes them so special.

Bowhunters are obsessed with whitetail deer, and we are constantly on the hunt for an edge — anything that will give us a little better chance of doing everything right.

This has spawned an entire industry that, as strange as it may seem, rests solely on our ability to run an arrow through an animal that in some ways is simply a crafty rabbit with antlers.

That’s selling a whitetail buck short, of course, because he is a heck of a lot more determined to survive than any bunny I’ve ever run across. A deer’s tenacity to stay on this side of the clouds is one of the reasons we have so many arrow options. After all, if you’re not shooting the best arrows for your setup, you’re in trouble.

The options are many, but a safe starting point for nearly everyone would be Easton’s FMJ 6MM ($ 70/half-dozen).

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These small-diameter arrows are designed with a 6mm carbon core and a 7075 metal jacket, which increases both durability and penetration. Choose from three spine options that offer weights anywhere from 8.8 to 10.6 gpi.

Of all of the different arrows I’ve shot over the years, the BLU RZs ($ 90/half-dozen) from Carbon Express rank very high on my favorites list.

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This is largely due to the fact that they feature some of the tightest spine and weight tolerances of any arrows on the market, meaning picking up a dozen BLU RZs is like buying match-grade ammo for your bow.

Beman’s latest, the ICS Whiteout arrows ($ 65/half-dozen), are designed with an ultra-bright, white/gray Realtree snow camo pattern to not only help you see them better in flight but also to examine spoor after you run one through a buck.

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These arrows are sold with precision-machined aluminum inserts and are 100-percent Made-in-the-USA.

Last year I carried Victory Archery’s VAP arrows into the woods, and I ended up filling quite a few whitetail tags with them. I was very impressed with their performance, which means I’m pretty stoked to shoot the new VAP TKOs ($ 95/half-dozen).

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These micro-diameter arrows use Victory’s Low Torque Technology to produce killer flight and penetration, even if you should manage to center punch a shoulder blade.

Gold Tip’s latest offering, the Kinetic Pierce ($ 150–$ 165/dozen), is an excellent choice for whitetails as well, thanks to its micro-diameter design and its weight tolerance of +/- 2 grains.

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A straightness tolerance of .006″ and the Ballistic Collar Insert System round out the highlights of these arrows, which are offered in multiple spine options.

Bloodsport’s 100-percent carbon Hunter arrows ($ 30/half-dozen) are perfect for budget-conscious whitetail junkies.

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Hunter shafts are standard diameter, and they are built with the proprietary Bloodsport Rugged Wrap construction process to ensure they hold up to the nastiest of impacts. Several options ranging from a 500 spine (6.5 gpi) to a 300 spine (9.1 gpi) are available.

For the traditional crowd, 3Rivers Archery offers a bunch of great arrows. Anchoring their lineup is the Classic ($ 70/half-dozen).

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These Port Orford Cedar shafts are hand-spined and weight-matched to within 20-grain groups per pack. Spines of 40 lbs.–45 lbs. all the way to 65 lbs.–70 lbs. are available, with each shaft sold at the full length of 32″.

If fletching your own arrows is your thing and you happen to be a traditional archery enthusiast, then it’s definitely worth your time to check out Trueflight Feathers’ new 18 Combo Packs ($ 14).

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Good for six arrows, these Combo Packs contain six Barred feathers and 12 Solid feathers. Choose from either 4″ or 5″ round or shield-back feathers, in a wide range of colors.

Gateway Feathers is another company that will help you trick-out your stickbow ammo. Their Patriot line ($ 14) is full of snazzy feather-fletching options.

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To ensure your fletching stays firmly attached to your chosen shafts, Gateway also produces G1 Glue ($ 12–$ 14). This no-drip adhesive is perfect for forming an incredibly strong bond on all wood, carbon, or aluminum shafts.

Compound shooters looking to enhance the look and performance of their arrows would do well to check out Bohning’s True Color Wrap/Vane Combo ($ 34).

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This kit includes everything you need (wraps and vanes) to finish off your ammo. Bohning has really taken their graphics to new levels this year, with such color patterns as American Flag, Blue Rusted Flame, and White Leopard.

An under-the-radar company that has been producing some quality lighted nocks and other arrow accessories for quite a while is Clean-Shot. New for this year, they’ve addressed inserts with their Lock-n-Load Precision Self-Centering Inserts ($ 11–$ 17).

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These glue-free inserts are reusable, improve arrow flight, and allow for easy broadhead indexing. This may not seem like a big deal, but an awful lot of the broadhead-tipped arrow flight issues we encounter stem from poorly seated inserts.

Lastly, to truly set up a perfect whitetail arrow, it’s always a good idea to install lighted nocks — provided they’re legal in your state. Lighted nocks are game-changers, and if you’re looking for the best and the brightest, you should look no further than Burt Coyote’s Lumenoks ($ 30/3-pack).

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The Lumenok product line has grown to meet the demands of the entire arrow industry, which means that pretty much no matter what arrows you hunt with, there is a Lumenok that will fit them perfectly. Better yet, they are also offered in several colors, are lightweight, and are capable of accepting a replacement battery.

The Nockturnal Helios ($ 35) is another lighted-nock option that also happens to sport an innovative vane design, too. I’ve spent quite a bit of time shooting Helios-outfitted arrows, and have turned into a believer.

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I’ve never had any problems with arrow flight, they are as easy as it gets to install, and they come standard with a Nockturnal lighted nock.

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The New Nikon Arrow ID 7000 VR Rangefinder

As your chest heaves with heavy breaths from sprinting to the treeline to intercept the gigantic moose, he suddenly seems at the woods’ edge and thrashes a willow thicket—daring an unseen challenger to show himself.

Adrenaline surges by means of your veins as you raise your rangefinder, attempting to get a reading off his gigantic rack, your hands trembling at the sight of his enormous paddles and fronts tearing up the brush…

As the buck approaches your stand through the thick brush, you realize it’s “him”, the massive ten-point you passed on the final two years, now is in his prime. Panicked, you reach for your bow as he weaves his way in and out of distant shooting lanes.

He has one factor on his mind, nose is buried in the dirt, hot on the trail of an estrous doe. Your hands fumble and shake as you variety distant shot windows ahead of his path where you strategy to cease him, compose your self and deliver an precise arrow…

Unexpectedly, the bull elk stalls on his way to your calls in between the distant birch trees, and lets out a soul-rattling scream that you can really feel in your spine. Your arms feel like Jell-O as you range the copse of trees that shields his vitals. He’s in your kill zone—but you need the exact yardage to avoid the shot-deflecting snags and branches surrounding his chest…

In each of these scenarios, the human reaction to anxiety, excitement and adrenaline can make the otherwise easy task of acquiring an correct range reading anything but basic. I know, since I’ve located myself, in each of those scenarios. Most lately, on the bull moose described above. And yes, I was shaking at the sight of the huge animal, and the truth that he was going to walk right down the treeline more than me!

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I was thankful I had a new piece of gear from Nikon that materially calmed my nerves in these crucial moments when I had to have an correct reading: the ARROW ID 7000 VR with Vibration Reduction (VR) Technology.

Billed as the first adrenaline-proof rangefinder, the ARROW ID 7000 VR reduces the external vibrations caused by unnecessary hand movements (like shaking!) although ranging targets each near and far.

For bowhunters, this implies the target mark on the rangefinder will stay steady, even when the body of rangefinder is becoming moved slightly. In addition to offering users with a steady image, VR technology also stabilizes the activated laser, enabling it to maintain far more precise alignment for enhanced measurement functionality.

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VR technologies represents a key leap forward in rangefinder evolution, because it aids alleviate the difficulty of keeping the rangefinder steady beneath instances of high stress—or simply when trying to target a small object in your kill field prior to an animal really showing up.

Regardless of whether you’re panting from a run to intercept a massive moose, shaking from typical case of “buck fever” or jolted alive by a screaming bull elk, Nikon’s VR technologies will aid you get a fast, precise reading – settling your nerves and panic – which will help you settle your pin when you require to execute an correct shot.

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The VR function begins right away when the rangefinder is turned on, which means there are no further measures required to toggle in between settings. Holding down the ranging button allows customers to scan continuously for eight seconds. A lightning-quick measurement is received (approximately half a second) at all operable distances, thanks to Nikon’s HYPER Study technologies.

Of course, the ARROW ID 7000 VR also delivers a menu of other functions that have made Nikon rangefinders the tool of selection for legions of bowhunters, like ID technology, to instantly compensate for uphill or downhill shot angles, supplying the correct yardage required to make an effective shot.

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And of course, all on-screen info is shown on a clear, uncluttered show featuring legendary Nikon optics, so you can execute at your absolute best at the moment of truth.

Recommended retail cost is $ 399.85 and the ARROW ID 7000 VR is obtainable at Nikon retailers nationwide. To discover more, go to Nikonsportoptics.com.

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How Considerably Do Release Aids Impact Arrow Flight?

Many years ago, as I was practicing at 70 yards for an upcoming elk hunt, something peculiar occurred that I had by no means knowledgeable in much more than 30 years of shooting and bowhunting.

About 10 minutes into the practice session, our local UPS driver roared down my driveway to deliver a little package containing a new kind of release aid. Perfect timing!

Without having ever leaving my 70-yard marker, I opened the box, tore the release from its display packaging and put it on my wrist. The wrist strap was comfy and the general length fit me effectively, so it was time to let an arrow fly. It’d be no alter from my major release, correct?

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Testing showed a substantial distinction in arrow influence points just by shooting the bow with distinct styles of release aids.

Nicely, my jaw about hit the ground when the arrow struck the target almost 12 inches to the left of center. Fortunately it was nonetheless in the target, so no harm accomplished. Curious if it was just a blown shot or the actual release help that triggered the errant arrow, an additional shot was in order.

It landed in fairly considerably the exact same location! In fact, all six of my practice arrows sunk into the target at primarily the identical location, generating a group that would normally signal all is good. What was going on?

In an attempt to “fix” the problem, I experimented with various anchor points and still nothing. Yes, the impact point could be made to jump around on the target by varying the anchor point, but not a single of them ended up all the way back to my original spot, and it would definitely not be effortless to repeat.

Comparing the releases side by side revealed only a single significant distinction. My principal release was a double caliper, and the new release had a single caliper. Could that be it?

Launching an Investigation
This was going to bother me, so my next step was to see if anybody else had ever skilled the identical point, and if so, did they figure out the mystery? Several shooters we questioned had no knowledge with this phenomenon. It seems switching release aids doesn’t occur that usually, especially in the middle of a practice session!

Nonetheless, we did locate some who had knowledgeable a broken release while shooting at the variety or even though on a hunt and had been presented a different release as a backup. These who did notice a difference in impact point amongst release varieties chalked it up to an anchor issue or basically “one release is much more correct than the other,” which is relative if both tune nicely.

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The takeaway message is clear: if you need to have to switch release aids for any reason, make sure to re-adjust your sight pins just before heading afield.

In either case, the answer always seemed to be the exact same — adjust your sights. One distinct target archer had certainly provided this considerable believed and had theories about anchor points, wrist strap differences, proficiency of the archer, and so forth. In the end, however, there was no one particular who had a definitive answer only theories and guesses.

Sometime final year, it dawned on me that we do not have to guess — we have the X-Ring Machine and can basically place this situation to the test. In reality, it would make a excellent addition to our Practical Bowhunting Test Series. With that in thoughts, Chad Smith (Silks Outdoors Test Specialist) and I started to appear at the release mount on the X-Ring Machine and see if there was a way to attach diverse release heads.

Chad produced a fixture that matched to a typical Scott Archery release barrel attachment and we have been off to the races. We had 3 diverse release models with the following mechanisms double caliper (Scott Shark), single caliper (Scott Little Goose) and string-loop hook (Scott Silverhorn).

The Tests
A Mathews NO CAM was set up on the X-Ring and tuned to shoot bullet holes with a Carbon Express Maxima Blue Streak arrow. The X-Ring’s original double-caliper release was employed for initial setup and made a speed of 282 feet per second by way of the Pro Chrono.

Tuning: Every release was attached to the X-Ring and a paper-tuning test was performed exactly as it had been for the original setup. Without having exception, the Mathews and Carbon Express combo created outstanding, near-excellent paper tears regardless of the release used.

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Arrow speeds varied by only half a foot per second among the 3 release models employed in testing.

This is not to say that various paper tune outcomes are not achievable with other, a lot more crucial, setups — to be fair, the NO CAM tunes over a wider variety of draw weights and arrow spines than any other bow we have ever employed on the X-Ring. But the bottom line was that our paper-tuning test indicated practically identical overall performance among our 3 release aids.

Speed: A Pro Chrono chronograph was set up with its 1st gate 36 inches in front of the NO CAM’s grip for consistency. Using the exact same precise arrow, speeds have been recorded for all release kinds. Once again, all releases performed as the original setup, with a extremely slight exception.

The single-caliper release averaged half a foot per second slower than the other individuals, at 281.five fps. Once more, the bottom line was that all 3 release aids made nearly identical arrow speeds.

Impact Point: This is where factors got interesting. Up to this point, most would guess that in consideration of the other two tests, the impact points would be the same or at least close (within an inch) to the identical. That is what I was expecting.

Nevertheless, that is absolutely not what occurred. To carry out this test, we utilized the double-caliper Shark as our manage and measured the other people from that zero point. Three to five shots had been taken with each and every release to ensure they were generating groups of significantly less than one inch at 40 yards. The distance between the middle of every group was then measured in reference to the double-caliper group.

Here are the final results:

Conclusions
It ought to very first be noted this was not an exhaustive test. For instance, we did not account for the infinite number of trigger pull weights available on these release aids, as that would have been also time intensive.

We also kept the test within the Scott release family, as their mounting fixture was frequent across all three releases — incredibly crucial to this test. There are several shapes and types of release aid mechanisms obtainable, but it merely would not have been sensible to test them all. The goal of the test was served by the three chosen releases, and we discovered enough to draw some conclusions.

The principal conclusion to our observations is simple and to the point: distinct release aids are likely to result in different influence points downrange.

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The arrow’s average point of influence at 40 yards varied by far more than six inches left/right among the dual-caliper (Shark), single-caliper (Tiny Goose) and hook-style (Silverhorn) release heads.

I also believe the observed distinction in our influence benefits could be considerably magnified if we incorporated various companies, mechanism structures or trigger-pull weights. Regardless, the takeaway is the exact same — do not take probabilities.

If you ever find your self in a situation that calls for a modify in release, specially in mechanism (single caliper vs. dual caliper), you need to guarantee your bow is sighted in with the new release. There is a great chance pin adjustments will be needed. My individual solution to this concern is to get an identical backup to my preferred release help. Each are shot interchangeably in practice to ensure a seamless transition need to the require arise.

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Blueprint to a Far better Hunting Arrow

Back in the day, when I was a new bowhunter, I was shooting an 80-lb. Martin Cougar Magnum (sparkle green, since there were no camouflaged bows then), Easton XX75 Autumn Orange 2219 arrows, and 175-grain Zwickey two-bladed broadheads.

I have no concept what my arrow speed was in those days, since no 1 had a chronograph. But these arrows had been heavy (no arrow scale either), and penetration was not a dilemma. A lot of animals ended up in my freezer due to the fact of that setup.

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These 4 arrows had been shot at 30 yards when my bow was “broadhead tuned.” The two on the left had fixed-blade broadheads, and the two on the correct were fieldpoints. (Note: the additional target circles on my Block target are reduce from white make contact with paper like that used in cupboards. This assists extend the life of your target.)

But, like every thing else in life, things modify. It became not possible to ignore the new technologies that had been coming on the scene. Bow risers became centershot, which eliminated the need for a Berger Button, and cam design and limb components produced quicker bows.

It wasn’t long prior to arrow speed and spine conspired to make it tough to get those giant Zwickey broadheads to fly correctly. So, I evolved with the technologies. Some of the alterations I produced had been due to necessity, although other folks were just experimental. I have constantly been a “what if?” type of guy, and that is still accurate today.

A Modify in Arrows
My most recent change entails arrows. I’ve been shooting Easton’s Deep Six arrows, both the Injexions and the XDs, considering that they came out. They have performed quite well, but a single day, whilst struggling to eliminate an arrow from a three-D target, I pondered the concept of switching back to an aluminum shaft.

I shot Easton’s Full Metal Jackets (FMJ) for several years just before the ultra-slim-diameter shafts came out, so I knew what I was getting into. I settled on the new Easton FMJ 6MM shafts.

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This is my finished arrow — a 518-grain Easton FMJ 6MM

These shafts are far more economical than the original FMJs due to a less-expensive look, and the use of Easton’s RPS inserts rather than the HIT method. Truth is, I favor the RPS insert program partly because of the availability of the 75-grain brass inserts, which feature a 25-grain breakoff section. If you favor Easton’s HIT inserts, you can opt for the 5MM FMJ (original diameter, brass break-off inserts also obtainable.) or the ultra-slim 4MM FMJ, which uses the Deep Six HIT insert.

Straightforward target removal, while a genuinely good benefit of an arrow shaft with an aluminum skin, was not my principal purpose in changing arrows. I wanted to try an even heavier shaft with a larger front-of-center (FOC) balance point. Yes, the deeper trajectory would widen the space in between my pins, but balanced flight and unparalleled penetration are far far more worthy objectives.

Reality is, I have been gradually growing my total arrow weight. I shot a 463-grain arrow/broadhead combo for a long time, and then went to 483 grains a couple years ago. I was curious as to what the FMJ 6MM could supply.

Soon after cutting my new shafts to length, I employed Lumenok’s F.A.S.T. tool to square both ends. Then I snapped the 25-grain section off the brass RPS inserts, and installed the 50-grain inserts employing Easton’s two-part epoxy. Next, I wrapped the shafts with Bohning wraps then fletched them with 2” Blazer Vanes. As a finishing touch I installed Lumenok’s H nocks in the back finish. Total arrow weight with a 100-grain Rage Hypodermic is a beefy 518 grains.

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The brass RPS inserts I installed commence off at 75 grains but I broke off the 25-grain section, so mine are 50 grains.

The brass insert boosted my FOC from 8% on my earlier arrow to ten.2% — nowhere close to what my old Zwickeys gave me, but it is a 25% boost. That is enough to accomplish the issues that increased FOC gets credit for — deeper penetration since of lowered flexing on impact, much better arrow flight at lengthy distances and in windy circumstances, and far better flight with fixed-blade broadheads. With my 30.5” draw length, 68-lb. draw weight, and a 518-grain arrow, penetration will not be a concern of mine. Reminds me of old times…

Subsequent I employed my new arrows to “broadhead tune” my Hoyt Carbon Defiant 34 to which I had installed a new set of Vapor Trail VTX strings and cables. This tuning technique brings your fieldpoints and fixed-blade broadheads to the very same point of influence. Shoot a group of fieldpoints very first then shoot a group fixed-blade broadheads.

Note: Mechanicals will not work. You require the blades, or “wings,” in front to amplify flight anomalies. Even if you don’t plan to shoot a fixed-blade head, you’ll nonetheless need numerous to facilitate this process.

If your broadheads group to the left of your fieldpoints, move your arrow rest toward the fieldpoints, or move it to the correct in quite, quite little increments. Or vice versa. If your broadhead group is low, raise the rest.

Do not worry about sight-pin adjustment till your broadheads are grouping specifically with your fieldpoints. Only then is your bow tuned and you can adjust the sight pins for windage and distance. This took me about an hour, and no paper tuning was necessary.

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My arrow scale may be old college, but the rest of my tools and arrow components are prime shelf. 

I did slide my Spot-Hogg Hunter Hogg-It sight back toward the riser 1 notch on the dovetail so I could accommodate six pins in the sight guard with the new trajectory. I can shoot out to 70 yards at the variety with no issue.

My new arrows are flying beautifully, are wind resistant, and will undoubtedly be devastating penetrators. The carbon core, with the 7075 aluminum outer layer, tends to make the 6MMs far much more resistant to bending than the aluminum arrows of yesteryear, and they pull very easily from any target.

Subsequent comes the entertaining component — the field-testing!

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The Excellent Hunting Arrow – Part two

In The Excellent Hunting Arrow – Portion 1, I offered an overview of the numerous attributes the excellent hunting arrow should have. We determined the arrow should be modest in diameter, stealthy and extremely straight.

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Properly, we’ve got a lot much more to go over. In reality, it is going to take a lot more than this column to do it.

Weight
I prefer to use a relatively heavy arrow. I want the arrow to be light enough to have a reasonably flat trajectory but heavy adequate to penetrate well. The ideal arrow weight for you will depend on your draw weight and draw length.

The a lot more kinetic power your bow imparts to the arrow, the heavier your arrow can be while nonetheless keeping a relatively flat flight path. My bows are generally set at around 70 pounds, and an arrow between 450 and 500 grains seems to supply the excellent balance among speed and weight. Normally speaking, I suggest picking an arrow that weighs 6-7 grains per pound of your bow’s peak draw weight.

Speed
Although speed is not an intrinsic characteristic of an arrow, it is 1 of the things people bring up often when discussing hunting arrows. Thirty years ago, I was obsessed with speed and shot the fastest setup I could muster. However, my setups have been receiving slower and slower more than the previous 15 years, even even though I’m shooting the exact same draw weight I’ve usually shot and the bows I’m shooting are a lot more efficient than ever.

My impetus for shooting slower was the advent of the laser rangefinder. It’s not practically as important to shoot a rapidly arrow if you know the distance to the target. There are a lot of other very good motives to shoot slower.


“My setups have been acquiring slower and slower over the previous 15 years, even though I’m shooting the identical draw weight I’ve always shot and the bows I’m shooting are a lot more effective than ever.”


Your bow holds up longer (as do your joints). Your bow will be far more forgiving and more accurate. And, most importantly (for me at least), your bow will be quieter. Lastly, a slower hunting arrow will preserve a lot more kinetic energy and momentum downrange than a lighter, more rapidly arrow.

Accuracy
An arrow’s intrinsic accuracy is dependent on four factors: straightness of the shaft, uniformity of spine (no details is available to the public on this arrow characteristic. I use a spine-testing machine), consistency of the fletching (I fletch my personal arrows to assure they are best, and you must as well!) and consistency of weight. On my setup, one grain difference in arrow weight equates to 5⁄8-inch difference in effect point at 100 yards.

FOC
The FOC (front of center) is basically a calculation of how far the balance point of the completed arrow is away from the physical center of that arrow. It is calculated as a percentage of total arrow length. If your hunting arrow have been to balance dead center, with half the arrow shaft in front of the balance point and half of the shaft behind the balance point, the FOC would be zero. If the balance point is three inches in front of the center of the shaft on a 30-inch arrow, the FOC will be ten %.

The heavier the point weight, the larger the FOC. I like to have a high FOC for a couple reasons. I think a higher FOC tends to make the arrow penetrate far better, and it also tends to make my arrows group better. So, if you are going to add weight to the arrow, add it to the front.

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One more way to enhance the arrow’s FOC is to use tiny, light fletching. Any weight taken off the back of the arrow shifts the balance point forward and therefore increases FOC. On my hunting arrows, I use 125-grain broadheads and add extra weight to the insert location to significantly enhance my FOC.

Aerodynamics
Today’s smallest-diameter carbon hunting arrows are extremely skinny compared to some of the well-liked aluminum arrows or massive-diameter, thin-walled carbon shafts. A small-diameter carbon shaft has a surface location only half that of the bigger diameter shafts. When you shoot modest-diameter arrows in a crosswind, they exhibit significantly less sideways drift than bigger diameter arrows.

Since wind drift is straight related to the total surface region of the arrow, the surface location of the fletching should also be added to decide the total surface location of the arrow. As we’ve stated ahead of, it requires a lot significantly less fletching to spin a little-diameter shaft than it does to spin a large-diameter shaft. So, you can use smaller fletching on little-diameter shafts, additional decreasing the arrow’s total surface location.

You can also use considerably smaller sized fletching when making use of a mechanical broadhead than you can with a fixed-blade head. This is a massive deal when you are hunting out West, where it is typically windy and shots have a tendency to be longer. Yet another benefit of an arrow with minimal surface area is it maintains far better down-range speed, which implies more energy at the target and much less down-range drop.

Wind drift is generally of far more concern to Western hunters than whitetail hunters. Nonetheless, I’ve spent numerous windy days in treestands although hunting in the Midwest. A modest-diameter hunting arrow is far more likely to save the shot if you overlook to compensate for the wind. By switching from massive-diameter arrows to little-diameter arrows with smaller sized fletching, you can cut your wind drift by a lot more than half on longer shots.

In The Ideal Hunting Arrow – Component three we’ll comprehensive our coverage of hunting arrows and hopefully you will be on your way to a better flying arrow and a productive hunting season.

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The Perfect Hunting Arrow – Element 1

If you’re serious about bowhunting, you require to be quite thorough in choosing, creating and maintaining your arrows. I’m incredibly fussy about my hunting arrows, due to the fact I usually only get a few shots a year at huge game, and when I do I want to be confident of two items: 1st, that the arrow hits where I aim it, and second, that it arrives there with plenty of energy to get the job completed.

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I’ve selected my existing hunting arrow primarily based on a lot of years of tournament competitors and numerous a lot more years of bowhunting encounter. In my opinion, there are many qualities needed in a hunting arrow. I’ll list these characteristics and discuss them a single by one particular. As you will see, several are interrelated.

Straightness
This is the one attribute of an arrow that most profoundly affects accuracy/grouping. The straighter the arrows, the much more regularly they’ll shoot and the much better they’ll group. You can establish the straightness of a certain model of arrow by looking at the technical specs on the manufacturer’s site.

Straightness is generally measured in thousandths of an inch, with the common deviation in straightness ranging from as significantly as +/-.006-inch to as small as +/-.001-inch. Generally speaking, the straighter the arrow, the much more costly it will be. Acquire the straightest arrows you can afford.

Stealth
Most massive-game animals do not see colour really properly, if they see it at all. Nonetheless, they can see factors that shine in the sunlight, and they can quickly differentiate light colored factors against a dark background. So, with that in mind, make confident your arrows do not glint in the sun, and don’t use light-colored fletching such as white or yellow.

If you need to have to use brightly colored fletching for some specific purpose — so your arrows are visible on camera or if you just like to see your arrow in flight — cover the fletching with a camouflage sleeve although in your quiver.


“If you’re severe about bowhunting, you require to be very thorough in choosing, building and keeping your arrows.”


It is also essential for your arrow to be quiet in flight, simply because deer, antelope and the occasional elk will “jump the string” (regrettably, I know this from a lot of individual experience). So, keep away from feathers unless you use standard gear, simply because they are noisy in flight and noisy in your quiver. For the same reason, use the smallest fletching and the smallest broadhead that will get the job accomplished well.

The smaller sized these turbulence-producing arrow accessories are, the quieter the arrow will be in flight. Also, do not use broadheads that rattle in the quiver. Lastly, use a heavy arrow. Utilizing a heavy arrow will do more to silence your bow than something else.

Fletching
You need to have to use huge adequate fletching to get the arrow spinning rapidly and supply enough drag to control the broadhead. An arrow demands more wind resistance on the back end than on the front its center of stress needs to be nicely back from the center of the shaft.

When it comes to controlling the broadhead, much more fletching is far better. Even so, the longer and taller your fletching is, the more surface area it will have and the a lot more your arrow will drift in the wind. It will also lose speed far more quickly and make much more noise in flight. So, you have to balance broadhead manage with these other factors.

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Using a quite streamlined broadhead with tiny turbulence-producing structure (less wing) will let you to use significantly smaller sized fletching. The much less turbulence you create on the front of the arrow, the much less steering you need on the back of the arrow.

I’ve located that if I use short vanes with maximum offset, I minimize the surface area of the fletching although nonetheless receiving the manage of a bigger vane applied with much less offset. Applying the vanes with a helical clamp appears to aid as well.

Diameter
In all the testing I’ve observed, little-diameter arrows penetrate greater than bigger-diameter arrows of the exact same weight. Even though the stiffness of a carbon shaft may play some part in penetration, diameter appears to be the greatest reason that tiny-diameter shafts do so well in these tests. A smaller sized surface location reduces resistance as the shaft slips into the target. So, use the smallest diameter arrows you can get away with.

Because little-diameter arrows have less surface location, they drift much less in the wind. They are also quieter in flight and they demand less fletching and significantly less power (compared to a larger-diameter shaft) to get them spinning.

Smaller-diameter arrows also maintain better downrange speed. Arrows slow down as they move due to the fact of friction with the air. The higher the surface area of an arrow, the quicker it slows down. At 40 yards, small-diameter arrows lose much significantly less speed than a larger-diameter arrow.

I know from encounter that the distinction between large-diameter and little-diameter arrows grows even wider beyond 40 yards. It is not a huge difference, but bowhunting is a difficult game, and I’ll take every benefit I can get.

In The Perfect Hunting Arrow – Component 2 we’ll think about further components that make for the excellent hunting arrow.

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