Will a Field Point Kill a deer?
Broadheads and field points offer bowhunters options of different designs, use, and flight patterns.
Field points are narrow, slender points and best used for target practice. You can find them under various names like bullet points, blunt points, rubber points, and others that share the slender design. (Learn How Many Arrows in a Quiver)
It is important to understand that field points are designed for hunting. Their design makes it possible for penetration, and the arrow passes right through the deer.
Doing so will would rather than make a quick kill.
Hunting with field points is unethical and unsportsmanlike, and also illegal for hunting large game.
What Are the Different Types of Arrow Tips?
You can break archery points into three categories:
- Small game points
- Practice points
Practice Points & Small Game
Bullet Points: Classic arrowhead tip used for archery practice as it is durable for repetitive target impact.
Target points: Short cones used for target practice. The pointed design makes them more aerodynamic than bullet points with deeper target penetration & ideal for target archery arrows.
Field Tips: A common type of tip used for small game and target practice. The tips flare wider near their base to stop it from getting stuck in the target.
Combo Points: A mix of bullet and field tips to tips with a gentle radius widening to a thick shoulder by the base. Often used for 3D and foam target archers.
Pin Points: The straight angle tapers to a point, thus offering deep penetration on hard targets.
Bludgeon Tips: These use power above cutting and are highly effective on small game.
Judo points: Special tips with arms that pop an arrow upright to stop arrow loss in grass or brush when small game hunting.
Broadhead points are hunting tools for bigger game. Blades run down the sides of a broadhead point, and broadhead points are in three types:
Fixed Blade Broadhead: Older type of broadhead seen on lower weight bows. Depending on the style, a fixed-blade broadhead will glue directly to the arrow shaft or can screw-on using an insert and may be used for game hunting.
Removable: Broadhead arrow tips are quite similar to the fixed blade; however, you can remove the blades if individual blades become damaged and need changing.
Mechanical: A newer mechanical broadhead style that springs open once you have fired it from the bow. Such types of broadheads will require a much heavier bow, with a draw weight of around 50 lb., as it ensures each shot has sufficient power to trigger blades to open and lock in position.
Broadheads can have other differences, like the number and style of blades, type of mechanical broadhead system, or tip type. (Find the Best Crossbow Arrow)
Broadheads come with two major tips:
Cut on Contact: Cut on contact points are sharp, and the blade may slice through thick hide and sinew. Blades will flare away from the tip while transferring clean cutting power along the entire arrow tip.
Chisel Points: Chisel points present the best smashing power and help break bones on larger animal targets when hunting. Blades of a broadhead sit at the back of the chisel tip. Blades continue cutting when this hard-hitting tip clears their path on the animal.
What Type of Arrow Point is Best for Practicing in the Field?
The field tip is the one arrowhead that may be used for practice shooting in the field on targets and also on small game.
What Game Would You Hunt with a Broadhead?
It doesn’t need a fast bow or one with a high draw weight for small game.
Arrows and arrow points come as specialized equipment for small-game hunting. You may discover the type of arrow used called a flu-flu arrow.
While similar to arrows you may shoot for practice and possibly big-game hunting, there is a significant difference: Fletchings are far larger than standard arrow fletchings.
For large game, you need broadheads, which are specialized arrow points.
Broadheads used for big-game hunting may vary depending on the animal you’re hunting. Blunts are suitable arrowheads for things like squirrels, grouse, or rabbits. (Find the Best Hunting Crossbow)
However, for anything larger, what is the only arrowhead used for big game is the broadhead. Pheasants or jackrabbits are small-game animals requiring broadheads for ethical kills, yet they are made for use with big game such as whitetail deer, turkey, or many others of this size or larger, depending on the shooting size of your bow and your strength.