Using expandable broadheads for elk.

by Larry

Has anyone used the G5 TEKAN expandable broadhead for elk, and with what results? I've used them with great results on deer but would like to hear from someone who has used them on elk. The rearward deployment and cut on impact just makes sense to me.

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Jul 27, 2013
Slick Tricks
by: Dave,

I got a new bow this year and have tuned it up real good. (Got some bow shop help with that.) Here's how they did it: Tuning a Bow. I have the sights all set for field tips and getting great groups on three pins, but haven't tried broadheads yet. In the past I have been able to get great groups with Slick Tricks, but had to adjust the sights just slightly.

Are you saying you are able to leave sights the same for field tips and Slick Tricks and they hit the same spots? I hope so! I'll be shooting broadheads pretty soon.

Jul 27, 2013
Tune your bow!!!
by: Anonymous

You guys who are not obtaining field point flight with your Slick Trick heads need to tune your bows. Paper tuning is a great place to start, and if you still have a little flight problem, then you can broadhead tune your arrows. A well tuned bow will shoot Slick Tricks with field point accuracy, or sometimes even better!!!

Dec 14, 2012
Grave Digger Broadheads
by: Anonymous

No I have not tried them but try the new Grave Digger Broadheads me and my grandson both got two great bulls this year

Oct 17, 2012
Rage failure
by: Anonymous

This Year for the archery elk we put rages through 4 bull elk. I have got 22 years of archery elk under my belt with a total of 27 years elk hunting. At last count I had over 30 elk kills under my belt, so for the doubter I know how to kill elk! 4 rages through bull elk and no recovery. I returned every rage for a refund, I will never use them again! Especially on elk.

Sep 07, 2012
Rage did a awesome job
by: Chris

Well i'm a firm believer in Rage. Back in January I posted about switching to Rage broadheads and I'm glad I did. Last week my daughter and I were out hunting archery deer and I connected on a two point at 60 yards and hit him a little high behind the shoulder. We watched him go down 50 yards and I could not believe the damage the rage did Such a short recovery, awesome broadhead. I have to say this, they fly just like my field tips. No difference even out to 70 yards..

Jan 08, 2012
Broadheads Not Flying Like Field Tips
by: Dave, Elk Hunting Tips (MT)

When I switched to the Slick Tricks from Muzzys they were better, but they still did not fly like field tips.

Then, I got a new Winner's Choice string installed last summer (2011) and got some professional help tuning my bow, then even tweaked it a little more after that. After that they flew JUST like my field tips. So, it could be that the bow is not quite tuned as well as it should be.

I do, however, think there are better broadheads than Muzzys. I have done well with Slick Tricks. Here's a bow tuning page on this site.

Jan 08, 2012
Rage Broadheads
by: Chris

So this year I bought a new bow. I ended up getting a PSE Stinger and when I shot my Muzzy 100g broadheads out of it they flew crazy and I had to re-sight my bow in for broadheads. I've never had to do that.

My old bow was the PSE Nova and it was about twelve years old and a lot slower. My muzzy and field points flew the same. With my new bow and having to re-sight, I could not shoot field points or blunts. I was pretty sad because I love Muzzy.

So my buddy gave me a rage practice tip and when I shot it you could not pick out the broadhead from the field points. I was sold. I'm using rage 100g two blade for now on. Plus, I know of two guys who said they could not believe the blood trails on their deer and elk. Plus such short recovery times.

Sep 07, 2011
Bull elk with rage
by: Phil

Last season (2010) I shot a nice 5x5 bill elk with a 3 blade rage expandable broadhead. The shot was 45 yards and he went about 70 yards. The blood trail was minimal, but the kill was fast. I think that the amount of blood depends on where the animal is hit and not so much what point is used, although, the bigger the hole, the more potential for blood if you hit it in the right place.

Sep 09, 2010
New Rage Broadhead Experience
by: Dave, MT

A friend of mine shot a bull a couple days ago (9/2010) with a Rage broadhead. He hit him high and the blood trail was not good. I ran across him as he was on his blood trail. The trail petered out and we could not find him. He has killed a lot of bulls with Rages, though.

In the meantime, I've had another successful quick kill this year with four blade Slick Tricks. Just reporting what we have experienced. For the record, my Slick Tricks do NOT fly like my field points in my bow. I had to adjust my sites again this year. I hate that!

Aug 08, 2010
by: Dave, MT

I look forward to hearing about your success with Rage mechanicals. A friend of mine keeps telling me I should switch to Rage. He raves about the blood trails they leave on elk and quick kills. I killed a 6 point last year with a Slick Tricks fixed blade. Very quick kill and no need for a blood trail, so I bought them again this year. I'm still listening about Rages.

Aug 08, 2010
Thunderhead 125 to Rage 100
by: Anonymous

I used Thunderhead 125s for all my bow hunting years (15plus years)and now I have switched to Rage 3 blade 100s.
They fly like field tips. This is the first year I do not have to re-ajust my sites.(@50 to 70 yards) I am how ever concerned about premature deployment of the blades.I'll try them out this year at an early season elk hunt in Montana. Stay tuned for further adventure!

Sep 28, 2009
Elk down with "Slick Tricks"
by: Dave

I killed a 5X6 bull at 45 yards yesterday with a Slick Tricks (fixed) broadhead. It was quartering away, but the shot was good. Destroyed the the entire lung on the opposite side (one lunger). He only walked about 20 yards and laid down. Died in 10 minutes.

There was massive bleeding internally, but little blood exiting either hole. I would have possibly had trouble blood trailing him had he not gone down immediately.

I am pleased with the damage the Slick Tricks did internally, but a larger entry and exit hole for trailing would be nice and I would prefer a broadhead that will shoot like a field tip. The Slick Tricks does NOT do that for me, though most people say it does for them. I recently shot a practice Rage broadhead and it did fly like my field tips. From what I have seen with hunters using Rage mechanical broadheads, it seems they produce larger holes for blood trailing. I still can't speak to the Tekan, but the rear deploying system seems to work well for large game animals.

Sep 22, 2009
tekan tuff
by: Anonymous

i have used the tekan broad head on elk bear and deer they have never failed me and penatration is not an issue my son put one threw a five year old 280 pound montana white tail thickest part of the shoulder on accedent of course but none the less it looked like that deer was shot with a 7mm mag and wen i pulled the broadhead out i could have sharpened it and shot another deer. i have also had many complete pass threws between shoulderblades threw the spine and out the brisket. in short this broad head is tuffer than hell. my only complaint is the blood trails are not as good as the rage but the rage is a one animal broad head and in montana wair we arrow usually one elk six or seven does and one muly or whitetail buck every year you need a tuff broad head that can kill again and again and again.

Sep 17, 2009
Mechanicals: Results X 2
by: Dave

My buddy just shot a six point yesterday with a Rage broadhead. He shot it in the throat (straight on) above the sternum. It left a softball size hole and blood all over the place. It died quickly.

Last year he shot a bull with a Rage on a quartering to shot. It cut about five inches of hide and left a good blood trail. Died quickly.

Everyone says mechanicals fly like field tips, so that is a great plus, too. I am shooting Slick Tricks this year for the first time. I was hoping they would fly like field points, but no way! Not on two separate bows.

I will probably switch to Rage next year.

Sep 02, 2009
by: John

I have not used Tekan; however, I have used expandables to take elk. I have used Vortex 2 blade 125 grain broadheads for both deer and elk. Last year, I shot a bull elk and the shot was a little high in the spine. He dropped and the arrow went thru the spine and lodged in the shoulder. I was not able to get the broadhead out but it really did the job.

The year before last, I had another not so good shot and gut shot a cow elk. She ran down hill about 50 yards and stopped to look back at me. As I stood there watching her I could see her intenstines hanging out of her abdomen. She only went another 50 yards before laying down and expiring. The point being, the 2 blade expandable opened two 2 plus inch holes and she bleed out fast. I have yet to loose a deer or elk using expandables.

I have used two examples of bad shots the good shots are great.

Sorry I could not be more specific about the Tekans.

Best of luck this year!

Aug 18, 2009
Broadheads for Elk
by: Anonymous

I had a long discussion today in an archery shop with two very successful archery big game hunters about mechanical broadheads. Both agreed that they were comfortable with both the G5 Tekan and the Rage for elk. They both agreed that they preferred the Rage over the Tekan.

That said, they both stated that they do not use mechanicals for elk. They also said they don't fly as well as they claim. They both use the
Slick Tricks, 100g. It just so happens that I was there to purchase Slick Tricks for the upcoming elk season, as it is my choice as well. They fly great and are very well made.

One of the hunters just killed a zebra, a water buffalo and a Gins buck (probably mispelled) in Africa a couple of weeks ago and used Slick Tricks 100g on all three. One of the broadheads lodged in the opposite shoulder and came out in one piece.

Aug 17, 2009
Using expandable broadheads for elk
by: Larry

This is my main concern also. That being said though, G5 indicates that their TEKAN broadhead only takes 3 lbs. of energy to open which in the grand scheme of things really isn't all that much. Kinda why I would like to hear from someone who has used them for elk. It seems that the new breed of expandables have come along ways since their early predecessors.

Aug 17, 2009
Expandable Broadheads for Elk
by: Dave


I hope someone else who has more information about the G5 Tekan expandables will share that knowledge. In general, I am still not sold on expandables for elk because of loss of penetration due to loss of energy required to open it.

Again, I'm interested in hearing about the G5 Tekan.

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