Archery Annoyances #2 – Broadheads
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Archery Annoyances #2 – Broadheads

August 11, 2019

(music playing) Ask someone to draw an arrow, and it probably looks like this. The target arrow probably looks like this. Depending on what kind of archery you do, you’re probably using target points or field points. Target points ar typically blunt, bullet shaped and are tended to minimise damage to the target. Field points tend to be pointier and more durable for using in the field. If you hunt, then you would be using broadheads. This is a simple broadhead point. The key difference is that the point features a bladed edge. The broadhead will slice through flesh and sever blood vessels. Which then cause the animal to bleed out In contrast – target points will deliver a clean puncture wound. Now what’s annoying about broadheads? Well the point isn’t the point. Rather it’s where people use them. A lot of places ban broadheads. Firstly, it’s potentially dangerous. Now getting hit by any arrow is going to be dangerous, and there should be safety protocols to prevent that. However, clubs have to deal with very fine print when it comes to insurance. And the stipulation may be that broadheads aren’t allowed. More revelant, however, is the effect on the target itself. Target points will leave very small narrow holes Whereas a broadhead will absolutely shred a target. Most clubs will use plastic or foam, or straw. And if someone shoots a broadhead into these targets the lifespan of the target itself will rapidly deteriorate. If you shoot at an indoor range the effect may be on the back stop behind the target. And look, repairing these things aren’t cheap, that’s why a lot of clubs will have blatant ban on broadheads. But you always get people who do it anyway and that is my gripe. Depending on the club, the club grounds may be open to the public when not in use. As is the case for many clubs around Melbourne, which are started on accountal reserves. Often these clubs run only during weekends leaving the field unsupervised and often members of the public shoot without permission. Aside from being a general hazard due to lack of training and being unsupervised often these guys are bow hunting enthusiasts with broadheads. And they freakin’ destroy our targets. We’ve always known that people have used our targets with broadheads after hours. Last time that happened, the person, who shot these arrows, left their broadheads sticking in the ground. Why would you even do that? The point is that you should never ever leave arrows lying around, and especially not broadheads. This is a public park. Kids play in this park. People walk their dogs past here. You leave a broadhead in the ground and someone is bound to get hurt. And the club is liable for that, even though it might have been an outsider. Pick your own arrows up! And if you miss and it’s in the ground somewhere – go and find it! Even better – don’t use broadheads on our targets. And this happens everywhere We were at a club across town doing a competition and whilst looking for lost arrows we found this in the ground. This doesn’t mean that you should never ever use a broadhead depending on the club and especially for bow hunting clubs there may be designated targets for you to use broadheads on. In any case – always ask! Many clubs will ask you if you are using broadheads. But if they don’t ask, you have to ask if you can! Often people will freak out the moment you pull out a broadhead, and next minute you’re out. Botttom line is – don’t use broadheads on regular targets! Alternatively you can use field points with matched weight tips to your broadheads. So you can practice with your arrows and then replace the points with broadheads when you go hunting. So remember – shoot safely and respect the rules!

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  1. Great video!, its ashame how common this archery annoyance is, maybe the club should install some locks on the target covers

  2. I have field points on my arrow, because that's what they came with. How do the bullet point ones hold up? Do the field points last longer?

  3. What range do you go to where the guys leave their broadheads?  I will come and clean them up for you.

  4. if you're going to shoot a broadhead? shoot it into YOUR OWN target. preferably in your own yard or range. simple common decency & courtesy. an archer leaving any arrow (especially a broadhead) in the ground is NO different or better than some vermin junkie leaving it's used needles sticking up out of the dirt/sand etc. & the HARSHEST POSSIBLE penalties & sentences should be rained down on such utter arseholes

  5. Dont just assume that broadheads will shoot identical to fieldpoints just because they weigh the same, they seldom do if your bow is not tuned well. Find a target or make one you can try your broadheads on before you shoot at an animal, if nothing else sacrifice a broadhead for practice only and shoot it in the woods at stumps . It is a very bad feeling to shoot an animal and lose it due to poor shot placement, the animal may die slowly over a period of days. 

  6. your right to the point…. but you forgot to mention if you want to use broadheads get your own fucking target that uses broadheads and use your own that is what pissed me off

  7. Good point about asking. There isn't much room in between houses where I live so backyard shooting is fairly no-go. Some ranges allow broad head shooting on their old 3D targets. The backstop is usually a row or two of old foam targets with a half dozen or so sheets of plywood behind that.

  8. I find out that you can shoot, practice and test your broadheads by shooting them on grass pank. Broadhead will wear out and dull but you can spare one for practice use anyway. If there are no roots on that pank the arrow will last long time and grass pank is low cost. Real low☝🏻️😋

  9. An added point (no pun intended) for UK archers: Broadhead arrows are illegal to use outside of specifically licensed premises. If you use broadheads outside of one of these specialist ranges and are not licensed to use them, it's not only dangerous, it's a crime.

  10. I haven't even purchased my first bow but can understand the point. Why tear up the targets. It'd be like using steel core ammunition on someone's softer steel targets.

  11. This is a thing? I use my own target, and it gets shredded up by the broad heads. That's not cool to do that to other's targets.

  12. What grieves me is that I am able to get my hands on such arrow tips in the UK were it's illegal to hunt with bows (which I personally find to be a shame due to our history with the bow).

    Those tips of tips are for hunting (killing) and not for targets, I feel that such arrow tips should be treated in the same way as bullets or shotgun rounds. As it is right now a child could potentially get a hold of these on ebay and…well, you may aswell superglue Stanley blades to their arrows.

  13. Damn… why? Broardheads are expensive man!!! If i miss with a broardhead… damn straight im going to try to find it. Especially mechanicals 60 bucks for a pack of 3. Hell no im not leaving that on the range. Then again… i have a big back yard so ive never tuned at a range before. But still.

  14. As posted on other videos, I am bing watching your videos. So I am years late to this one too. So people actually use broadheads on regular targets? They also leave arrows lying around after they are done shooting? It seems likely they are new to archery, if not bow hunting. Here is why:

    1) Arrow shaft cost $10-$20 easily,
    2) Broadhead cost $10 on the lower end,
    3) Nock cost, as many hunters use lighted nocks, to better find lost arrows..another $10 per nock. Yes, hunters will invest in lighted nocks to find lost arrows in the woods. These nocks can illuminate and flash out to 100 yrds or more.

    So an experienced bow hunter is NOT going to leave a $20-$40 Arrow lying around. If it not a quality arrow, probably someone new to hunting and/archery.

    Please understand that a hunters practice arrows will have as close to the same ballistics as their hunting arrows, with the exception of a field point instead of a broadhead. it will have the same weight, length, nocks, fletching/vanes, etc. So they would be abandoning an expensive arrow and broadhead, which no experienced hunter would leave his/her equipment on the field. Or it is a lower quality one and likely from someone new to the sport.

    I would look more closely at arrows left on the field or in the target. If they are low end arrows, likely someone new to bow hunting if not archery all together. While still very stupid and irresponsible, be careful not to lionize all bow hunters for the actions of the few and likely unmentored newbies.

  15. Asking people who don't care about common sense rules to start caring about common sense rules is self-defeating.

  16. I had no idea what to expect when I bought these, but they exceed any expectations >>> I could have had. These broadheads reminded me of the Grim Reapers, but better. If you hunt deer, Spitfire Maxx broadheads are your best choice. I really have nothing bad to say about these broad heads. Overall Swhacker Spitfire Maxx broad heads get 5 out of 5 stars.

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