You know, I find it interesting what bowhunters use and why they use it. When hunting with a new group of individuals, along with asking about their bows and broadheads, I like to check out how big of a quiver they carry. I have seen everything from three arrows to twelve. Hmmm. How many times do they think they'll get a shot at a deer in one sitting? Almost always, each arrow has their version of the perfect broadhead.
I on the other hand, am an opportunist. I never hunt one thing, and I like to be prepared. If an animal is in season, and there is a use for it, I will take it.
Let's flashback to a bear hunt I took in the North Carolina mountains several years ago. When bowhunting I always scan the field with the rangefinder once I get settled. I want to know where the animal is without having to guess or provide a chance to be seen with the extra movement of grabbing the rangefinder while the animal is in front of me.
|Skunked in 2008.|
I waited patiently, and as it stepped toward the large golden leaf I had ranged earlier, I drew back the arrow and string. I was confident from 50 yards, but like I said, this one was on the small size. With a release of my breath, then a twitch of my finger on the trigger release, the arrow sailed to its mark. The 100 grain G5 Small Game Head hit true, and after only a few seconds of rolling around, I had my trophy. Not a bear mind you. But a trophy, of sorts. My SGH had just found the vitals of a skunk. I used the proper equipment for the challenge at hand, all because I had in my quiver, six arrows. Three were equipped with G5 Montec 100 grain broadheads, two contained G5 SGHs, and one was tipped with a blunt head judo point.
Bill Howard writes a weekly outdoors column for the Wilson Times and Yancey County News and the blog site Bill Howard's Outdoors. He is a Hunter Education and International Bowhunter Education instructor, lifetime member of the North Carolina Bowhunters Association, Bowhunter Certification Referral Service Chairman, member and official measurer of Pope and Young, and a regular contributor to North Carolina Bowhunter Magazine.