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air leak 23-Jan-24
air leak 26-Jan-24
Is the QAD Exodus a legal broadhead for Elk in Montana. Is there anything about the design that is not allowed? I am mostly concerned that it might be considered barbed? Any help would be appreciated.
The full blades are legal in all states that I know of. The swept blades are considered barbed in some states. This picture is the "full" version.
I love this head BTW
Even the swept version is legal in MT
From: air leak
I use the full QAD. In CT, the swept blade is considered barbed, and is illegal.
Go for the swept, they are more forgiving
This has been my go to fixed blade head for a while. The full seems to fly closer to FPs at higher bow speeds (ie 450 fps+), but difference is minimal. Can't go wrong with either, but if you are going to hunt in other states, best to get full as it is legal in more states.
Do your homework on the barbed issue in the states you hunt. I don't have the list where they are illegal memorized, but it is a short list. States I hunt, swept are legal. PA,CO,NM,WY. I looked at MT just for this thread. I don't see CT on the illegal list even tough that is stated in an above post.
Thanks for the info everyone. I might but some of the swept heads to see if they are even better. The full blades have been flying great so any improvement will be minor but I will take it.
I haven't found the swept blades to me any more accurate, and they tear the hell out of your target.
My state says they are barbed. Why is this a big deal/against the law? Are guys using "barbed" broadheads to reel in deer?
I think some states think that if the arrow can more easily fall out it is better for a wounded deer's survival
I've been using the full blades and they perform great. I have not had an issue on whitetails. The swept blades are illegal in PA.
How am I supposed to get the pod to stay in the deer if I can't use barbed broadheads??
Griz, what makes you say that the swept are illegal in PA?
Great head. I use them successfully with excellent results. Swept patterns tighter than full.
Griz..... same question as Jethro. I have a local, very respected archery shop that sells the swept heads & blades. I asked the same question about them being "barbed", and the owner stated he checked with the PGC and they confirmed they were legal.
PA broadhead regs. No mention of barbs
Hmmm. I guess you guys are right. I had asked the PGC a few years ago at the Harrisburg show and actually showed the officer a pic of the QAD swept and they told me it was not legal. I had gotten a pack as a gift and was unsure. I thought back then the definition said no barbed heads but I see now it does not. I retract my previous statement! Sorry for the mistake.
From: air leak
I 100 percent remember reading on the CT DEEP website years ago that barbed heads are illegal. If the bottom of the blade was more than 90 degrees, it was considered barbed.
I just checked and I can not find anything about barbed broad heads.
I'll stick with the QAD full blade.
Griz.... no worries. I too thought the same thing previously. I haven't bought the swept blades yet to try them out but plan to this year.