“Aww, them things will never fly straight!”
My buddy Jeff Charles (known around his Ohio hometown as “The Weapon” due to his unusually lethal presence among the local turkey population) voiced his mistrust of huge diameter turkey broadheads.
“Just give ‘em a try,” I urged.
A novice turkey hunter myself, I was intensely curious how they would perform. Not a week later, Jeff called me, excitement edging the matter-of-fact from his voice. He’d rustled up some “head choppers” as he called them, found that they flew accurately, and took them hunting. He was impressed with the results. Here’s why:
Advantage No. 1: Aim Small, Miss Small
The head/neck region of a gobbler offers a small, clearly defined, brightly colored target to shoot, as opposed to shooting at the vitals. Those are indistinct behind a rippling mass of feathers, and can be extremely challenging to strike with a lethal arrow.
Tip: To achieve good accuracy when shooting these monster broadheads from a compound bow, Jeff recommends full length (5 inch) fletching with aggressive helical, and a slightly stiffer shaft than you normally shoot. Trad bows are a bit easier to achieve good flight from (due to slower arrow speed), but here he advises shooting a minimum of 45 pounds draw weight, and using heavy front weighted shafts to give adequate energy/momentum.