What Are Broadheads?
Broadheads are a universal type of arrowhead used for hunting small and large game that can be mounted upon a wide variety of arrow shafts. Though typically small in size, they are able to tear through the toughest hides and game meat.
Main Types of Broadheads
Fixed Blade Broadheads
Fixed blade broadheads have been used by hunters for centuries and are still a standard broadhead design today. Although they are likely the most basic design, these heads come in all types of blade shapes and sizes. They are also the best performing broadhead for penetration and have no moving parts or mechanisms, making it less likely for something to go wrong.
If you are looking for a consistent and reliable broadhead design, then fixed blade heads are your best bet.
Mechanical (Expandable) Blade Broadheads
Mechanical blade broadheads are a relatively new type of head design in the hunting world. Their motion is triggered when the head impacts the animal. The blade will then open into a locked position and start cutting. This gives a good blood trail to track your wounded game and can almost guarantee the kill if everything goes as planned.
Their accuracy and versatility have made them highly desired by hunters. However, there may be a lack of penetration compared to fixed blades and there is always the small chance that the mechanics don't function properly. For some hunters, this just isn't a risk they're willing to take.
There are still a variety of blade designs that you can choose from and they all have their own pros and cons. It really depends on the individual needs of the hunter in terms of size, shape, and weight.
Choosing a Broadhead
Sure, you could use the same fixed broadhead for all your hunts and chances are it would be fine. However, if you really want to get the most out of your bow hunting experience, then it is important to understand how your equipment will perform and how to maximize your success with a broadhead.
You should first think about what exactly you are hunting for. If you are hunting larger game or something with a smaller kill zone, such as turkey or bear, you may want to use a mechanical broadhead to help ensure a successful kill. On the other hand, if you are hunting small game or deer, fixed broadheads may work better for you and stay more consistent.
Either way, it always comes down to personal preference and what you feel most comfortable hunting with.