WHITETAIL and MULE DEER TROPHY ROOM
MeatHeads and TuffHeads haved proved to be more than a match for the popular Odocoileus virginianus and Odocoileus hemionus (and a few other subspecies for you quiblers)! Add in a little EFOC tuning and a decent aim and they are an extremely efficient tool on them. We thank our friends below for sharing their success stories and pictures and welcome any new pictures and stories you might share.
First, I have not been hunting/bow hunting very long, this is only my third season enjoying the sport. Nonetheless, after two seasons of hunting and now going into my third season I made the commitment to myself earlier this year that I would not transition to gun hunting until I killed my first deer with a bow. Unfortunately, last year was a long year of hunting, with not very many opportunities to bag a deer. As you many know, gun season opened this past weekend in Georgia, which made it hard to stay committed to my first blood coming through the bow. Thankfully, I did not have to wait much longer before capitalizing on my first ever bagged deer, and doing it with my bow equipped with the TuffHead broadheads.
It was a cool, cloudy and stormy evening when I made it out to my stand late around 4:30PM Sunday night. However, due to the changing weather the deer were moving and not before long I had a deer within range. After learning through previous hunts you have to take the shot whenever it presents itself, I was poised and ready to shoot once the deer fully presented itself. Unfortunately, the deer stayed in the cover of a thin bush which provide slight protection while the deer was feeding. Knowing the power and quality of the TuffHead broadheads I was shooting, I had the confidence my shot would be able to traverse through the bush and strike the deer for my first ever kill shot. I took aim, and fired off my shot and the TuffHead broadhead performed flawlessly. My arrow went through the bush, striking the deer right behind the leg and completing a full pass through on the deer exiting out the opposite leg. The shot was perfect, striking the deer in the heart and piercing the lungs as it passed through. The deer only ran 50 yards before lying down for the last time. It was a great night, and a memory I will not forget!!! Thanks to the Tuffhead broadheads I was able to bag my first ever deer, and do it with my bow!
Thanks, Grady Rikard
Mike Robbin Fall 2016
I hope all is well joe!! here’s a few pictures I owed you !! All taken with 300g tuffheads-175g adapters-25g footings–750g total – the longest trail was 50yrds !–and he go coasting down hill! LOL! There have been many more–i’m bad at carrying my camera! Mike
Hi Joe- Hope you are having a safe and successful season. This year started off a little slow with minimal deer sightings. November 1st seems to be my lucky day and this year was no exception. I was settled in my stand 20 minutes before first light. At 9:00 movement across the creek got my attention. It was a nice buck and he was headed to the creek crossing on a trail that lead right past my stand. The deer seemed to be on a mission. He was moving at a quick pace. As he passed my stand at 8 yards I picked a spot and my arrow entered behind the last rib angling forward with 21″ of penetration but no exit hole. The shot looked good as he trotted 25 yards then slowed to a walk and disappeared into the thick brush. Sometimes things happen very fast and this was one of those times. After waiting 1 1/2 hours my brother and I took up the trail figuring we wouldn’t find much blood due to the high entrance and no exit. The first 30 yards were basically following his tracks then we spotted small specks of blood confirming we were on the correct set of tracks. After more searching we were following blood about every 15 or 20 yards. About 100 yards into the tracking blood was more frequent and another 50 yards there he was lying in the leaves. My arrow must have only hit the right lung with the TUFFHEAD stopping after entering the heart. In my experience heart shot deer usually run at full speed expiring on the run. This deer calmly trotted away then slowed to a walk acting as if he wasn’t even hit. Once again the performance of my Tuffhead broadhead was excellent. I’m confident that if I do my part the structural integrity of Tuffheads will never let me down.
I was hunting with a 42# Sovereign Ballistik, Easton Carbons tipped with a 225 grain Tuffhead, and aluminum footing for a total weight of 625 grains and 30 % UEFOC. Thanks for producing the best broadhead on the market.
Take Care, Ray
Chuck Jones – November 2016
Another great future meal and wall hanger from Chuck.
Jim Ellis – Nov 2016 Joe, I have shot many different broadheads over my 40+ years of bowhunting and I find the Meathead as a great head. I have shot Woodsman broadheads for years now and never seem to get a good blood trail no matter the shot location and have friends that say the same. I made a heart/lung shot on this deer at 12 yds and the blood trail was tremendous. The Nov. 4, 9 pointer field dressed 174 lb. Thanks again. Jim Ellis
Mike McCrea – November 2016 Joe, Here is a Ky 10 point I harvested Saturday morning. Notice my Bow Tote.
Steve Woodruff – Sept 2016 Hi Joe…Got the opportunity at a nice 7 point first week of the season. Two bucks were feeding down a lane between a horse pasture and the woods. My stand is placed at the corner of the pasture right on the edge of the woods. The bucks were behind me and feeding on honeysuckle. Slowly they fed in my direction for about 45 minutes until the first buck offered me a perfect slightly quartering away 7 yard shot. The buck ran 15 yards stopped, looked around then crashed to the ground. It all happened within 6 seconds. The arrow penetrated a rib passed thru the vitals and the broadhead exited between the front legs. It wasn’t a complete pass thru but I did get 24″ of penetration. I never found the front of my arrow as it broke off about 6 ” behind the broadhead. I’m shooting a Kodiak 59er, 44# at my draw, footed small diameter carbon arrows with 300 grain Tuffheads. One thing I have noticed consistently is how fast game expires after being shot with Tuffheads. Every animal except 1(liver hit) that I have killed with a Tuffhead has gone down in seconds within sight.
Take Care, Steve
Clay Hayes – Fall 2015
We had a great trip this past November, spent over a week in the heart of central Idaho’s backcountry. For the first 5 days or so of the hunt we were trying against all odds to sneak up on the deer but it just wasn’t working. With the steep rocky ground, crunchy snow, and terribly shifty winds we were just getting spanked. On the 6th day (I think), we switched up on the camera and I finally got to tote my bow and try out Jim Akenson’s “lost wallet” trick. It worked like a charm. We found a group of does that seemed fairly tolerant of us and we made no effort to hide from them. We just wandered about aimlessly paying little attention to them but all the while gaining a little ground until we were less than a hundred yards from them. It’s a bit comical really when you see it on film. We shadowed them up to their bed where we found a small saddle to stand in just below them. There was a really nice buck that came in and started running them around but he never got closer than 60 yards. But, he kicked out a smaller buck that had been with the does. After about 4 hours of standing in that little saddle, the smaller buck trailed a doe past us at 12 yards. I made a good shot and he tipped in a few seconds. Didn’t even know he was hit. The arrow went clean through and stuck in a log on his opposite side. Cedar tapered shaft with a razor sharp 190gr MeatHead on the front. Total arrow weight was maybe 650gr. This hunt will be featured in my new film Ascent which will debut at the 2016 Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Rendezvous. You can see the trailer at www.twistedstave.com
Hey Joe , I just wanted to say thank you for making the ultimate broadhead .
This deer was shot at five yards and about 14′ feet up in my climber. The Tuffhead made it all the way thru the spine and almost came out the bottom .
This bow is a DAS Dalaa set up @ 50 lbs. @ 28″ with carbon foam limb cores .
The arrow is a 9.1 GPI Easton traditional only shaft 27.5 ” long with 5″
feathers , a 50 grain brass insert , 75 grain steel broadhead adapter and
the Stainless 225 grain Tuffhead , for a total arrow weight of approximately
600 grains. I will never go back to a light weight broadhead again .
Thank you for making the ” ULTIMATE BROADHEAD ”
Chuck Jones – Fall 2015
Hi Joe- So far this year I’ve taken 2 deer with your Tuffheads. Both were shot with my Black Rhino 45# longbow. The doe was hit through both lungs and out through the front leg. That deer went less than 30 yards. The blood trail was very good, although not needed.
The buck was shot at 20 yards, and the arrow went through both lungs and lodged in the opposite shoulder. The damage to the lungs and shoulder was tremendous. He ran hard for about 5 seconds and crashed. Lots of blood from the very beginning of the trail. Again, however, the broadhead did it’s job so well, the blood trail wasn’t even needed.
Just more examples of how well the Tuffhead works out of lighter poundage bows. I keep my heads sharp with the Bevel sharp. It’s quick and easy in the field.
Chuck Jones www.bows.net
I was just impressed with the set up. The cut was the widest cut I have ever seen, it cut through the heart and lungs, creating a super fast bleed out, and straight out through the opposite shoulder. I shoot a 2004 model Matthews SQ2 with a 70# draw and absolutely loved how quiet the bow was. I never even considered trading up for a new bow, not until this one falls apart. After swapping to the tapered arrows and the 305 grain TuffHead, I love my bow even more, because it is virtually silent! I had no idea the added FOC on the new set up would cut the noise down even more on release. It was an awesome second benefit to swapping over. My arrows are set up at 33% FOC, with a total weight of 627 grains. I love the set up, and there is no going back!
Thanks again for a great product
Bruce Ward – Fall 2014
A nice little 2×3 Pacific Hybrid from last year, shot at 7yds and again at 12yds almost in the same hole. He never knew what happened the 225gr Tuffheads in front of a 650gr arrow went through him like he was made out of butter!
The buck in velvet was shot @ 42 yards….. I know that’s a tad on the long side for a 650 grain arrow, however I was very confident I could make a killing shot on him, my friend was standing right next to me, as the arrow arched across to him, it looked like slow motion. He watched the arrow come right for him, ( thanks to a vary quite bow ) it caught him flat footed, as it jumped right though him, he threw both barrels, then ran a short distance, cartwheeling into an aspen grove. Look what your broadhead did to his heart.
This buck was hunted in the High Sierra’s, I had to make a follow up shot as my first arrow was a tad off line, shot him in the chest as he was looking right at me in his bed. My hunting buddy Vince also shot a buck using his compound the same day.
Joe, thanks for making one of the best broadheads ever made.
– David DeVille
Mike Davenport Nov 16, 2014
Joe, I killed a real pig with one of your heads…using a Meathead with 100 grain adapter and 50 grain insert in a Trad Only 300. The total arrow is 677 gr with 25% FOC. Feel free to use the pics as you’d want. I love those broadheads! I need to order some more. Dead in 75 yards with one in the pumphouse. I have never had such a blood trail. On autopsy the S-shaped laceration was just devastating. Take care! -Mike
Mike D. posted the detail of his hunt to Tradgang… Read it here
12/1/14 Note – Hey Joe thanks so much for the hat I got in the mail today. I appreciate not only the hat but the American flag on the back. Got a brother in the special forces and if it is ok I am going to send him that hat. He is heading back to the Middle East again and would wear the heck out of that on post when he’s goofing off. He is not a bowhunter (yet) but when he retires next year he plans on being.
Anyway thanks for the lid. That deer I killed will be about 174 Compton. I will put it in “our” book as I have never listed any of my critters, but will with this one. That Meathead is amazing. Without getting super gory, the blood trail from a buck that live weighed 275 or more was a path or crimson like I have never experienced. The broadhead worked perfectly!
Joe- This is the fourth deer of the year with my osage Selfbow and the same tuffhead broadhead. The buck turned on the shot and hit and penetrated the spine, dropping him in his tracks. Glad I had the tuffhead on! That
same head is cleaned, sharpened and on arrow #5 for the year. My phone battery died in the woods and I did not have time to get a picture with me and the deer. But, I have a feeling #5 will be more worthy of a photo! . Mike Schwister
Love my Hat BTW
Mike Schwister 11/2 Update – Just to keep you up to date, I used the same tuffhead on all three does, and today I will mount it on it’s fourth arrow this year… I still have 3 either sex deer tags!! This picture was taken after the third kill of the year for this head. It has penetrated weight bearing bone 3 times and resulted in three short blood trails. It is on it’s 4th arrow of the year and in the lead off slot in my quiver as our rut gets going and I have two weeks off work to hunt.Mike
I almost always hunt from a treestand and have had good success doing so. Two weeks ago while doing some midday scouting I found a ridge with plenty of fresh deer sign. Not wanting to alert deer to my presence I decided not to hang a stand and instead hunt from the ground when the wind direction was good for the spot I had selected. The following Friday we had a west wind… perfect for my new spot. I wore a cheap imitation gillie suit and to my surprise had three deer within 15 yards at first light. I managed to double lung the bigger doe at 10 yards and watch her go down within 30 yards.
A week later, we had a NNW wind also good for my new found spot. About an hour and a half after light I spotted a buck working scrapes along the ridge. I managed to grunt him into range and shoot him at 9 yards. He made it about 80 yards before expiring. I never would have believed that I could take two deer on the ground at less than 10 yards without some sort of blind and get away with it. Needless to say I am very excited about ground hunting, the mobility it affords and not having to rely on tree stands all the time.
Steve Woodruff Update 11/3 -Joe,
Thanks for the hat. I’ll wear it with pride. I mean what I say….. In over 30 years of bowhunting (28 Traditional) they are the best broadheads I have ever used. I wish Dr. Ashby’s studies came out 30 years earlier. I’ve been using an Ashby inspired arrow since 2007. UEFOC and heavy, sharp single bevel broadhead have made a tremendous difference in penetration and short blood trails. Rarely did I see deer go down within sight…. but it happens regularly with Tuffheads. Btw- you were absolutely correct, the 75 grain titanium adapters are awesome. I love the full taper and the way the arrow actually goes slightly into the broadhead ferrule. That factor plus an aluminum footing makes the arrow almost indestructible!! Take Care,
I was shooting a 50# Dryad Orion, 685 grain carbon arrows, Tuffhead 300s, 2″ aluminum footings for a 34.8% FOC.
Dave Brown Nov. 2014 Nice Buck
Hi Joe, just wanted to thank you for such a great product, and fantastic service. I bent a couple Meatheads on pass through shots on 2 deer, unknowingly hitting rocks in the ground. But they did the job first.. You have a lifetime customer for sure. Here is 1 of the deer the Meathead took. Good meat for the winter, Thanks again!
Michael Schwister – October 2014 Took this fine Virginia whitetail doe this morning with my osage selfbow and tuffhead broadhead, the second of the year. The shot was 30 steps from the tree and I must say that tuffhead flies exactly like a field point, and dead quiet. The group of does was jumpy as they were being chased by a small buck. Short, heavy blood trail and meat for the freezer.
Steve Woodruff – Oct 2014 Whitetail
Hi Joe, – Hope all is well. Friday morning was one of those memorable October mornings. But first I have to tell you what happened Thursday afternoon. About 20 minutes before legal shooting time ended I had 6 antlerless deer milling under my treestand. I picked a spot on one of the bigger does and shot only to hear a loud thwack and watch the deer scatter in all directions. Apparently the spot I picked was an inch over the does back and the thwack was my arrow hitting a log just beyond where she was standing. Great, I just missed a 12 yard chip shot at a beautiful doe and now have 6 deer on high alert all around my stand and its getting darker by the second. No more shots were presented but the deer weren’t totally spooked and resumed eating acorns. I waited about 45 minutes, climbed out of my stand and went to retrieve my arrow. Now comes the reason I shoot Tuffheads. The 300 grain Tuffhead with 75 grain titanium adapter was completely embedded in the log. This log was the main trunk from a recent blowdown and was still very green with no signs of rotting. It took me about 15 minutes to saw, chop, and finally remove the arrow. There was absolutely NO damage to the broadhead ,titanium adapter, brass insert or arrow. NO tip curl, NO rolled edges, NO chips and the edge was still hunting sharp. The aluminum footing kept the carbon shaft in perfect condition. That’s what I call Structural Integrity for an arrow setup. I honestly couldn’t believe there was 0 damage to my arrow or broadhead!!!!
The following morning I decided to hunt a spot I found with a lot of fresh deer sign. I don’t have a stand there so I figured I’d just hunt from the ground wearing my cheap take-off of a gillie suit. The wind was perfect for my set-up. At first light I had three deer approaching right in front of me. I waited for a shot at the bigger doe as a small doe ate acorns at only 6 yards. As soon as the bigger doe turned broadside at 9 yards the shot was on its way. The Tuffhead tipped arrow passed thru the deer and traveled about 15 more yards. As usual with a Tuffhead, she only made it about 25 yards and died within seconds. The arrow entered tight behind the left shoulder, took out both lungs and exited through the right shoulder blade like a hot knife through butter. At first I though I must have split ribs on entrance and exit because the arrow zipped through the deer so fast but after dressing the deer I realized the arrow broke the right shoulder. Examining the lungs, the exit had a flap (probably caused by the rotation of a the single bevel) and was much larger than the width of the actual broadhead!!!! Later that day after skinning the deer I was amazed at the damage caused by the Tuffhead 300. The amount of tissue damage looked as if it was caused by a 7mm.
My arrow was an Easton carbon, 34% UEFOC, 685 grains, 50 grain brass insert, 75 grain titanium adapter, 300 grain Tuffhead, 2″ 2013 aluminum footing and 4 fletched with 2.25″ A&A feathers. I was shooting a 50# Dryad recurve.
Joe, I can’t say enough good things about Tuffhead Broadheads. They are definitely my broadhead of choice. I highly recommend your broadheads! Thanks again for a great broadhead! Tuffheads are “the best of the best”.