Choosing the best broadhead for bow hunting elk is an important part of making sure an arrow released means an animal down.
Some manufacturers produce broadheads from steels that aren't rated to penetrate heavy bone. Other broadheads aren't built to the standards that prevent broadhead planing — when a broadhead appears to randomly fly off course at longer range. At Iron Will, all of our broadheads are built form the highest quality materials and engineered to the tightest tolerances, so you can count on both penetration and long-range accuracy. As a result, regardless of the Iron Will broadhead style you choose for your next elk hunt, you can count on it to finish the job.
With all that in mind, here are our most popular broadhead setups for elk hunting:
S Series Broadheads
Tried and true on elk, Iron Will S Series Broadheads have likely put down more elk than any other Iron Will broadhead. These broadheads are quiet, fly great as far as a hunter can shoot field points, and tend to pass through without the elk knowing what hit them. This makes it so they lie down quickly after being hit and adrenaline doesn't take them over the next ridge.
Single Bevel Broadheads
Bow hunters love filling their quivers with Iron Will Single Bevel Broadheads for their versatility. Single Bevels are sizes for great broadhead flight as far as hunters can shoot field points well. Additionally, their rotation through the animal's body creates extra tissue damage to open up great blood trails.
When sitting wallows, hunters will pull out an arrow with a Wide Series Broadhead. Since wallow shots tend to be 30 yards and in, this provides the greatest blood trails in sometimes more heavily wooded wallow areas.
The rest of the time, the first arrow hunters tend to pull from their quiver is either a Single Bevel or S Series broadhead. These work great for the potentially longer shots that can occur on ambushes or if a bull hangs up further out when calling.
REINFORCED HIT SYSTEM
— PROTECT THE FRONT OF YOUR ARROW —
Broadheads aside, it's important that the entire front of your arrow is strong enough to pass through heavy elk scapula bones.
A trend in arrow building today is to put lower cost materials out front of your arrow to screw broadheads into (outserts / half-outs). Many of these are made of weak, lower cost materials like aluminum. These materials tend to bend on heavy bone impacts. Additionally, since they sit out front of the arrow, they act like a lever arm. As soon as the material bends and puts pressure on the inside of the arrow on heavy bone impact, they blow out the front of the arrow with almost no penetration. The result can be a wounded elk and failed hunt.
To ensure maximum penetration on elk, we strongly recommend shoring up the front of your arrow with an Iron Will HIT Insert and Impact Collar. This system, which we call our Reinforced HIT System, puts the broadhead into the arrow to prevent a lever arm. Additionally, the arrow shaft is sandwiched between the Impact Collar and HIT Insert which works to prevent arrow mushrooming or blow-outs. This keeps your arrow's momentum driving forward for maximum penetration.
Bow hunting elk brings with it a year of anticipation and preparation. We dial in our hunting setup, discover new hunting spots by map and ground scouting, and we make our bodies and minds strong for all that we may encounter during the upcoming hunts.
And when it all comes together and we're at full draw with a bull of a lifetime down range, we release our arrow with absolute confidence that the broadhead and arrow will finish the job.
We understand the work you put in to your elk hunt, so we're relentless in engineering broadheads and bow hunting gear that works as hard as you do — so your arrow released pays off all your efforts with an animal down.