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Quartering Away, Heart Shot
Video of a ~20 yd shot I made on a quartering away cow elk. The Ironwill broadhead made it's way through the heart and she gave up the ghost 65 yards from the point of impact.
Great shot! But also shows that the offside leg will stop the best of broadheads. No pass-thru, no problem on a good shot.
Thanks, Kurt. Agreed, that offside leg stopped it. I noticed that same far leg was broken when I got her back to camp (the outfitter drug her out on a trailer behind a side by side). I can’t tell if my arrow broke her leg or if it broke in the drag out, but it very well may have been broken by my arrow. None of her other legs were busted up.
That was cool...congrats!
Gotta love those Spoon & Crockpot cow elk! Thumbs up
The video make it look that u were 50 ft up. How high up were u?
Teeton, the waterhole is in the bottom of a steep canyon and the treestand was on a hillside maybe 25 ft above the elk. I think the camera gives a false impression of it being higher.
Thanks, everyone. I still can't tell if my arrow broke her offside leg. I think it may have (it was the only broken leg when I inspected her more closely back at camp). Gotta love the penetration the Ironwill broadheads get...
I re-ran the video with a few pauses and it looks to me like she is keeping her head to the right in an attempt to lift the left front leg and not put weight on it.
Thanks, Bill. That's a good point. The more I watch the video I think it did break that offside leg. Its pretty impressive the amount of force a modern compound generates
When a major weight bearing bone gets severely damaged by a broadhead, just the stress (weight) of the critter lunging to get the heck out of there may cause the bone to snap. Happened on a moose a shot where the head did not cut the bone in two but was lodged in there but the leg was broken when he bore down on it. Happened immediately when he lunged.
Thanks, Kurt. I could see that being the case in this instance too
Good shooting and better eating !
Have seen several leg ones snap after being hit with a broadhead.
One buffalo that a buddy shot. Hit him in that heavy bone and the broadhead just stopped. He was shooting 75# with a heavier arrow and 4-blade broadhead. Buffalo jumped and when he landed, the leg broke. Really big thick bone!
Have seen it happen on a couple of elk with compounds and traditional bows. 2-blade single bevel broadheads really seem to break heavy bones.
Good point about a crack turning into a break under load.
I’m watching this on my phone and scrubbing it allows you to go pretty much frame by frame, so you see the traction failure on that first attempt at powering out of there, and she must’ve loaded up about everything she had on that off foreleg. Kind of looked like her first thought was to move to the right, but they always seem to travel on an arc towards the side with the most damaged shoulder... which only makes sense...
Damn fine shot.
Absolute beauty. My first thought was I was surprised that leg seemed to work fine. Makes sense about you saying it was broke later. Congrats.Love the slowmo.
Awesome shot !!! Congratulations!!! I hope you kept and ate the heart!!!! Delicous!!
Very good shot, congrats.