Fixed Broadheads & Dead Weeds

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  1. chieffan

    chieffan Weekend Warrior

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    How much effect do small dead weeds have on a fixed broadhead? In the areas I hunt is thick under brush with Red Ceders and scattered small crooked trees. Finding a tree straight enough for a stand is few and far between. The edges of these strips of cover are full of weeds. This time of year they are hollow, and about pencil lead size. They break easily when moved. Using dead broken over trees for a blind there is usually some weeds that is between me and the area I hope the deer show up at. Thought of just shooting an arrow through them once to see what the arrow would do but figured at 300+fps I would be able to tell anything anyway. Any thoughts on this?
     
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    Arrows deflect VERY easily.


    I always clear shooting lanes.
     
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    Its really a toss up. Sometimes you might be fine and others it might send your arrow into space or the dirt. Probably safer to cut lanes with a weed eater or machete.
     
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    I cut 2 lanes from one ground blind. That evening I watched a doe walk about 30 out from the weeds till she came to the clearing. Stopped and stared at it a bit, then turned an ran back the way she came. I was 1/4 mile away watching from my deck. This was my reason for asking. These deer are still real spooky from shotgun season. Thanks for the info.
     
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    Yeah best to do it now and keep it cleared. That way next year they are used to it.
     
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    Deer hunting is a year-round sport.
     
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    The closer the target animal is to the weeds the better---example if you are shooting a deer at 20 yards and there are some weeds 2 feet in front of deer body go ahead deflection very minimal if weeds are 5 feet in front of you and the deer is 20 yards past this do not try it
     
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    Hatfield was spot on! But that is not just a fixed bh issue. I shoot into blue steam all the time but the arrow is in the grass the last few feet. I go into stand sites in late August with a machete and clear lanes and by October they are the trails.
     
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    I always clear shooting lanes and they are always very tight. You may miss a few chances but you wont spook them either.
     
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    I watched a friend of mines arrow hit a falling leaf. You could see the lumenock do a nose dive. Didn't see it hit the actual leaf but it was obvious what happened. Leaves were raining down. He missed a nice doe. Point is the leaves were not that big or heavy and still had a huge impact on the arrows flight


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    In my experience, and with a humble opinion, You can cut and clear out all you want. There WILL be limbs, sticks, twigs, weeds, etc. that you do not see. Especially when the adrenaline/heart rate is peaking... Will ALL the Deer that come to your spot, pass on the shooting lanes that you cleared? Most of the time. What about that Bruiser that refuses to follow the same path as the other Deer? Where will he stop at, for a shot opportunity? Yep. Right behind a bunch of those weeds that you mentioned...
     
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    She may have smelled any scent that you left behind...
     
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    Public or Private land? If private, when out of season spray that shooting lane and get it planted with some clover or something else close to the ground. It only takes a degree or two of redirection to make a kill shot into a wound shot.
     

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