If you are looking forward to bowhunting some turkeys this season and wondering which broadhead you should be using to get optimal results, you came to the right place as I am about to present you the best turkey hunting broadheads you can get on the market today because you need the right gear for the right hunt.
Whether you are a fan of fixed blades or sophisticated mechanical broadheads (in states where those are legal), there is something for you that will help achieve the expected outcome following your favored shot placements.
So what do a broadhead needs to be considered suitable for turkey hunting?
Unlike big games where you need an increased penetration to reach the vitals in order to inflict the maximum damage, pierce through bones and accentuate blood loss for a quick and respectful death, a turkey requires far less penetration.
In fact, with too much penetration, a pass-through could occur which would more likely result in a lost gobbler. When an arrow passes through, a turkey may have time to fly away after they are shot and the blood trail left behind is little to none because of feathers absorption and the little amount of blood a turkey contains, making it almost impossible to track.
While some may say that you can reduce your draw weight to decrease the chances of passing through the bird, what you are really looking for is having the right tool for the right job...A broadhead delivering a great shock and which has a large cutting diameter to drastically reduce penetration while being deadly by inflicting fatal wounds.
With that being said, here are 5 of the best broadheads out there with no specific preference order.
Magnus Bullhead has to come up at some point when talking about great turkey broadheads. Designed for neck and head shots, the Bullhead is a devastating accessory to add to your arsenal to successfully harvest a gobbler. This broadhead features 3 stainless steel blades of 0.048" thick and is available in 100-grain with 2.75" cutting diameter or in 125-grain with an impressive 3.75" cutting diameter. This head offers great accuracy and will efficiently cut everything on its way. Definitely one of my favorite so far.
- Impressively large cutting diameter
- Good for head and neck shots
- Replaceable blades
- Won't fit a regular quiver
New Archery Products did an outstanding job in creating one of the best turkey broadheads on the market with the NAP Spitfire Gobbler Getter. This expandable broadhead is available in 100 grains or 125 grains and has a 1.5" cutting diameter. The design of the ferrule is limiting air resistance allowing for a more accurate and consistent flight. It features very sharp blades to cut on contact which open when striking the target, hence delivering clean and deadly cuts for quicker deaths. The Gobbler Getter also delivers great shock caused by the rounded tip, breaking every bone on its way without passing-through and if it does pass through, damages will be huge enough that the bird will be killed on the spot. In my opinion, this is the best mechanical broadhead out there.
- Very good flight accuracy and consistency
- Rounded tip for great shock/sticks inside the gobbler
- Sharp blades in favor of quick kills
- Good for shots to the vitals
- Fits a standard quiver
- To be shot with at least 60 lbs draw weight ideally for proper deployment
This well known and established brand does not need any presentation and lots of hunters out there can tell how Rage is making good quality mechanical broadheads. The Rage Xtreme Turkey Broadhead is no different and what set this head apart from most Rage broadheads are the meat hooks that are in favor of less penetration while increasing damages to the bird. The head features a cutting diameter of 2.3" and a Shock Collar retention system that is locking the 0.035" stainless steel blades into closed position until it reaches the target.
- True flight
- Good for vitals shots
- Reliable blade retention system
- Devastating meat hooks
- 60+ pounds draw weight needed to ensure a proper blade deployment
As its name suggest, the Arrowdynamic Gobbler Guillotine broadhead is designed for head and neck shots. The Guillotine features 4 blades of 0.035" thick and is available in 100 grains with a 2.5" cutting diameter and in 125 grains with an impressive 4" cutting diameter which gives much greater chances of ripping off that gobbler's head.
- Devastating blows to the head and neck
- Replaceable blades
- Outstanding cutting diameter
- Does not fit a standard quiver
- Flight becomes inconsistent at 20+ yards (especially when wind strikes)
The Dirt Nap Gear Shred Head Turkey Broadhead is quite different than other heads for this type of hunt. The Shred Head balances shock and penetration very well to disable turkeys and other small games with its unique shape featuring strategically placed cut outs (called ribs in the video below) on both sides to minimize penetration while increasing knock down power. The Shred Head has very sharp blades and has a cutting diameter just under 2". This broadhead is available in 100 or 125 grains.
- Great penetration/shock balance
- Good for the vitals
- Fit standard quivers
- Accuracy slightly off after 20 yards
To conclude, those broadheads are my personal best and might differ from yours, although I am pretty sure we can agree on some of the aforementioned whether you prefer a fixed blade or a mechanical broadhead. I would be glad to read what you are using to gather your turkeys or even what you intend to use after reading this post? Are you more of a neck and head shooter or are you going for the vitals? Do not hesitate to leave a comment below to let me know and hope that you found value in this post.
Happy Turkey Hunting!
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