Broadheads are often the first type of arrow tip imagined when people think of archery. But once you really get into shooting, and start traveling to other ranges or hunting new game, you will find that broadheads are not always an acceptable or effective choice. In order to follow proper hunting procedure or range etiquette, you will need to understand the different types of arrow points and when to use them. Here is an overview of the styles that you may find in your arrow store in Central Point, OR.
Also called bullet points or field blunts, these points are used for target shooting. Unlike hunting, where you shoot once, and only remove one arrow, target practice involves shooting multiple ends and constantly having to pull arrows from targets. Broadheads and other sharper points can rip apart bag, grass or foam targets as you pull arrows. Field points are made to enter the target and be removed with minimal difficulty and damage.
You can match field points to your hunting broadheads to ensure that your arrow weight is the same both in practice and in the field. There may be slight sight adjustments, but you will find that following basic range etiquette will not substantially impair the quality of your practice.
These grabbing points contain a blunt surrounded by four wire grabbing hooks. While it does not look like much, these hooks serve an important function. They keep the arrow from burying itself in the ground when shooting in roving conditions, like at leaves, stumps and sticks. This activity gets you used to shooting in an outdoor environment at three dimensional items, getting you ready for hunting.
Some archers will also use them for small game, but that is not recommended as the grabbing hooks make removal of arrows from game difficult. These are most popular with traditional archers, but modern archers may also find “stump shooting” beneficial and fun as well.
Blunts contain no edge. Instead, they have a flat surface of steel, plastic or rubber. Their main purpose is to kill small game, like rabbits and squirrels, through blunt force trauma. You can choose different sized tips based on the game you wish to hunt.
If you are shooting squirrels, we recommend oversized flu-flu fletches so the increased drag keeps you from losing arrows. Like judo points, these are also used more by traditional archers, but modern archers can also benefit from them if they wish to indulge in small game hunting.
In Oregon, you can bow-fish for carp. They make challenging targets and bow-fishing adds another dimension to your archery, too. The activity also requires a specialized point. Bow-fishing points are steel with a sharp edge to penetrate a carp’s hard scales. A barb at the end also deploys on contact so you can retrieve the fish once you shoot it. After that, it is a screw-off tip that makes removing the tip and barbs from the fish easier.
Southern Oregon Archery, LLC is also an arrow store in Central Point, OR that can help you find the right point for your archery activity. We can set you up with good hunting broadheads, but we are also prepared to help you with any bow-fishing, target shooting or small game needs. Visit us today to find the best points.