SA Hunter/Jagter


Most bowhunters choose their broadheads with reverence and care, because if a broadhead fails to perform, a hunt can be turned upside down in the blink of an eye.

When selecting that all-important broadhead, we must consider factors such as size, design, durability, weight, accuracy, sharpness, and the animals to be hunted. Much like bows and arrows, new designs, coupled with stronger materials and improved production techniques have improved broadheads far beyond mywildest childhood dreams. Today the countless choices and price range can make the selection process confusing.


Like many experienced bowhunters, I know a fair amount about broadhead design and performance. Still, strongly held opinions are common, so my choices and views might differ from those of some readers.

Views regarding broadheads are usually based on the “design”, our beliefs, and our varying degrees of experience. My background includes 60 years of bowhunting with involvement in broadhead design and controlled penetration testing. During those years I have shot over 2 500 animals. In the course of the last 8 years, I have been involved in an African culling and genetic improvement project where I often shoot over 100 animals per year.

For many years prior to that, I booked bowhunting safaris to Africa. I videoed others and I myself hunted for months at a time. This involved spending time with bowhunters in camp, so I heard the stories and was able to examine many animals. In addition, Africa provides an opportunity not available in America, because there it is not legal

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