What is unique about a broadhead? Well, nothing really! Two to four blades, sharp and used for taking wild game. You've seen one, you've seen 'em all right? Well maybe not.
I was planning my spring hunt to Texas where I would be hunting Rio Grande turkeys and a Buffalo bull. Normally, I would be using my compound with a bullet type broadhead that I have used on dozens of other game. But this time I was going to hunt with my recurve bow.
I was talked into using my recurve by Greg Abbas of A-Way Outdoors, so they could film the hunt for an upcoming episode of their program on the Outdoor Channel. You think I would let publicity dictate what equipment I would use? Yep, you are right, out came the recurve.
I have just started using my recurve to hunt whitetails in Michigan. The bow is a nice bow, but only has a draw weight of 55 pounds. I had seen Greg Abbas take a big buffalo last year, and was astounded at the toughness of the animal and their hide. I began to question whether I could get the penetration I would need from my normal bullet type broadhead.
While talking with Bob Wolf of R & R Polishing, owner of Coyote Broadheads, at an outdoor show this spring, I raised my concern with him and asked for his advice. Coyote Broadheads, although not a household name in bowhunting have been in business for eighteen years, and have a host of satisfied customers, including Tom Nelson, of the American Archer, on the Outdoor Channel.
Coyote Broadhead's 115 grain tip.
I was looking for a heavy cut-on-contact broadhead that I thought would be necessary to get the job done. Bob suggested that I try their 115 grain model. This broadhead is a four bladed broadhead with two main blades and a lock-in insert giving the broadhead an inch and and eighth cutting width. These blades are both .040 thick hardened stainless steel. These broadheads can be disassembled, sharpened and reassembled.
Bob provided me a set of three to try out. Before I shoot any broadhead at game I try to make sure of its flight out of the bow. I remember in years past moving away from four bladed broadheads because of planing.
Right out of the box, these broadheads shot perfectly out of my recurve. I shot a number of different broadheads, checking my arrow flight and grouping, and the Coyote was by far the closest to my target arrow group. I certainly could have tuned my bow and arrows to shoot the other broadheads, but I was impressed with the Coyote. I chose to shoot the them.
I was a bit anxious to be going up against a 900 pound buffalo with my 55 pound recurve bow, but I am game for anything when it comes to hunting. So when the time came, I loaded my bow and Coyote broadheads into my quiver and off we went.
When it came time for the shot, I had a quartering away shot at about 20 yards. I drew, found my spot and released. The Bull exploded and ran around some brush he had been browsing in. After watching Greg's bull last year I was expecting a long wait for the bull to expire and maybe a long tracking job. (For a full description of the hunt see Texas Buffalo)
But when the bull didn't seem to come out from either side of the brush he had run around, we sneaked a peek, and there, less than 40 yards from where he had been shot, my bull was down. That 115 grain Coyote broadhead had more than done its work. The bull expired within 3 to five minutes. The four blades made mincemeat of the bulls heart.