"Bitter sweet. Wait all year for September, and just like that, the wait begins again. This bull was one of five that came to my stand. I had told myself to hold out for a 6... and as he passed by at 4.4 yards, the urge was too great and I fired my lucky arrow. When he fell, I ranged him at 15.5 yards from my stand. Super thankful to have filled my 6th Oregon elk tag in 7 years, and my 3rd 6pt in that same span. That makes 3 bulls and a buck for my lucky arrow. Will next year make it 4?
Some people complain about the price of high quality broadheads like these Iron Will Outfitters S100's, but here's how I feel:
1) We owe it to the animal to make the cleanest, fastest kill possible. A cheaper head may fail, especially on a marginal shot or large animal like an elk.
2) My former broadhead with disposable blades were still $43 for 3. Practicing with them ruined the not sharpen-able blades. New blades $20 for 3 sets. Shoot an animal, blades are ruined and must be replaced again. Not to mention trying to track down replacement blades when you need them.
3) A quality head that retains its shape, and can be easily sharpened and re-used over and over will save you money.
I just took the Iron Will I shot my bull with yesterday, cleaned it with an old toothbrush, and using only polishing compound and a piece of cereal box cardboard and the Stay Sharp guide, had it back to shaving sharp in just a few minutes.
Don't cut corners with your equipment!"
— Eric Martin
* UPDATED 9/18/23
Eric Martin has now taken his fourth bull with the same arrow
Eric's 2023 bull