If you’re not someone who travels to multiple states hunting a wide variety of species, this might seem like way too much thought spent on an issue that’s not even on your radar. But, as I mentioned before, your ability to pull off some hunts might actually depend on your choice of arrow. It would be heartbreaking to do everything else correctly and then miss or hurt your prey simply because you didn’t think about the suitability of your arrow for that particular hunt.
The main factors to consider when choosing an arrow for your hunt are: how long the shots are likely to be, how large/density the animal is and how nervous/nervous the animal is. fast ? If your current arrow setup lines up as a good option when you consider these three factors, then don’t mess with anything. But, if you’re thinking about what would be best for those three factors and that’s not your current arrow, then you need to consider a change.
Let’s go through a hypothetical example just for fun. If you’ve swallowed the FOC Koolaid Heavy/Extreme Arrow (no judgement…I’ve also played with it), and are considering a hunt with a likely 70 yard shot at a very fast and nervous animal (i.e. say my antelope hunt), then the heavy arrow fails in all three of these categories. It’s too slow for the long shot, it’s a lot more kinetic energy than needed for a light little animal, and again, it’s too slow for the animal’s ability to jump, turn and s run away while the arrow is still in flight. Using these three questions as a framework will help you determine if a change is needed as well as what you should start looking for when you start buying a new arrow.