Lately, I’ve been bombarded with questions regarding my gear and why I choose to employ certain items….and that’s a good thing! I love discussing anything related to bowhunting and all of the neat gear that is associated with it. So, I thought it would be cool to share, over the next several weeks, exactly what I will be bringing with me into the Idaho backcountry in September.
Let’s get started with one of the hottest topics in bowhunting….broadheads. Over the last several weeks I’ve received more questions about which broadhead I’m shooting and why. So, here is the lowdown on what is on the business end of my arrow and which arrow that is.
G5 STRIKER BROADHEADS
I look for several things in a broadhead but probably at the top of the list is accuracy. I don’t mean 20-30 yard accuracy. Most broadheads will shoot fairly well at such close ranges. I’m talking about long-range missile type accuracy. It’s been my experience that after 50 yards, a broadhead will begin to show its true colors.
In other words, the longer the distance, the more critical things become and a well-made, spin-tested broadhead will fly just as good at 80 yards as it will at 30. So, I stretch the distance as much as possible to see how closely my fixed-blade heads fly in comparison to my field points.
After a few weeks of testing, the G5 Striker has shown to fly like a dart out of my Mathews Halon 32. It is whisper quiet in flight and lands pretty much in the same area as my field points. The solid-steel construction of the G5 was also a big selling point for me. I love the idea of having no aluminum parts in my broadhead.
Lastly, broadheads need to be as sharp as possible. Unlike a bullet that hits with a ton of kinetic energy and kills with Static Shock (in addition to tissue damage), a broadhead only kills by one method….major hemorrhaging (blood lose). So, whatever it comes into contact with must be sliced like up like a Christmas ham.
The G5 Striker is scary sharp. The kind of sharp that can send you to the ER for some needle and thread if you are not extra careful. And, after repeatedly shooting mine into foam, they seem to be keeping their edge very well. That tells me that the quality of the blade is good. But, of course, I will be replacing the blades with fresh, scalpel sharp ones prior to heading into the timber.
VICTORY VAP ELITE 350 ARROWS
I’ve shot a lot of different arrows over the years and the reason I am sold on Victory arrows comes down to one thing. No Fliers. What I mean is that I’ve never come across a Victory arrow that did not shoot EXACTLY like the rest of the arrows in my quiver. No matter what other brand I’ve shot there always seemed to be one or two “fliers” in the dozen. An arrow that for whatever reason, just didn’t fly like the rest of his comrades. This always led to me numbering my arrows in order to keep track of the ones that flew the best.
After shooting dozens and dozens of Victory arrows I have yet to find the need to number them in order to identify the best shooters. I honestly just launch my VAP Elite’s without a care in the world because I know they will all perform identically to one another.
Sure, there are a bunch of technical reasons why I think Victory arrows are top-shelf but I don’t want to sound like an infomercial. You can research the technical side of things if you wish. But, if you’re anything like me, you want to know how things perform in the “real world”.
In my opinion, consistently landing arrow after arrow from 80 yards out, with a fixed blade head leading the way, is a good enough test for me. I’m sold on what these arrows can do. I won’t try to sell you on them. If you give them a try they will simply sell themselves.
I hope I’ve answered some of the questions you have regarding my broadhead/arrow combination. If not, feel free to ask me directly or visit the Appalachian Range FB page and post up some questions. There are lots of seasoned hunters there who can shed more light on the subject. And, it never hurts to get different points of view. That is what makes bowhunting so cool. Like I said, this is just the start of the discussion regarding my gear. In the coming weeks I’m going to dive deeper into the things I use and why. Things like clothing, boots, optics, and (my favorite) backpacks. Eventually, this discussion about elk gear will turn into “Mountain” bucks and what I and my partners use and why. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Until then, God Bless and pick a spot!
Editor, Appalachian Range