August 3, 2021

Backcountry Bowhunting

Off The Beaten Path… No Regrets

Mechanical or Fixed Blade Broadheads?

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FixedMechanicalIs that really the title of the article? Is he really going bring up a controversial topic? Yep!

So, which is better – mechanical or fixed blade broadheads? This is a debate that many are very passionate about. The truth is that both have their strengths/weaknesses. Often times it really does come down to opinion. However, the guy that swears by mechanical broadheads because he’s unsure of how to tune his bow… well, that motivates me to educate that shooter (as long as they’re open).

For me… it’s fixed blade broadheads and here’s why. When I hunt antelope and turkey I usually hunt from a blind with shoot-through netting. Shooting a mechanical through netting will cause the blades to deploy prematurely which prevents me from using mechanicals in this scenario. That’s why I don’t hunt with mechanicals. So why fixed blade broadheads? A week of hunting elk in the rugged terrain of Colorado with the bow and quiver being bounced around on the outside of a pack or in a sling and being generally mistreated steers me away from mechanicals. I have to know that when I pull an arrow from my quiver that I don’t need to check an O ring or rubber band to ensure that the blades haven’t deployed from all of the bouncing around. If I were only walking a few hundred yards to a treestand where I can pre-nock an arrow – that’s a different story.

Would you like to learn more about broadhead tuning? Check out this Broadhead Tuning article.

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