Among archery hunters there are two camps: loyalists who find a setup that works and stick with it forever and those always looking for the next big thing. If you count yourself among the latter, 2014 offers enough new gear to keep you busy, and broke, until a whole new crop of gear arrives next year.
To save you some of the headache and money, Petersen’s Hunting decided I should put five broadheads to the test trying to find out which live up to their marketing hype. Those tested range from new takes on the classics to, dare I say, cutting-edge designs pushing the term broadhead into new territory.
All performed well enough to earn a place in quivers this fall, but a few stood out from the crowd. These heads were evaluated on the three Ps—penetration, price, and, that intangible but important factor, performance (which includes cutting diameter). Here’s what I found.
<h2>Cabela’s STK-3 </h2>I’ll admit it: I have a hard time taking short broadheads seriously. They just look too cute to be deadly, but all the evidence, including personal experience on deer and antelope, is contrary to my prejudice. <a href="http://www.cabelas.com/product/Cabelas-STK-3-Three-Blade-Broadhead/1615743.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProducts%26Ntt%3Dstk-3%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=stk-3&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products target="_blank">Cabela's STK-3</a> features nearly three inches of total cutting surface and a wound-channel diameter of 1 1⁄8 inches. The stainless steel blades measure .035 inch thick, so they should stand up to some abuse, though don’t expect them to blow through a shoulder blade without bending or breaking. <p></p> What these compact heads do best is fly straight, particularly in windy conditions at long distances, making them the ideal choice for antelope and mule deer hunting out West or beanfield shots on eastern whitetails. In testing, penetration with the 100-grain heads was more than adequate, though not outstanding. <p></p> <strong>Bottom Line:</strong> Priced at $25 for a pack of three, these are easily the best bargain of the bunch. <p></p> <strong>Price: $</strong>25 per three