The heavier 225 and 300gr Tuffhead are perfect medicine for these larger North American cervids and bison. Their bone breaking design when used on an EFOC or UEFOC arrow help ensure full penetration and quick kills.
Our friends here kindly share pictures of their success and a bit of the story behind each. We’d love to read, see and post your story also.
Hi Joe, Good talking to you the other day, hope you’re feeling better. I finally got the chance to take a 4X4 elk from Chama, New Mexico area with my 50lb long bow, 800 grain wooden arrow, and your Tuffhead 300 grain broadhead. I made a 45 yard double lung pass through shot. Attached is a photo!
Mike Mitton – 2017 Moose
Hi Joe, I once again was successful on my solo bowhunt in Alaska. Called this bull in from over 400 yards, and took him with a TuffHead tipped 2219 aluminum arrow at 12 yards. He went down, and the work began. Took about four hours to skin, cut and bag meat. Followed by over 12 hours of packing to camp. Thanks, Mike
Michael Gajewski – 2017 Bison
The amazing thing is I killed a Whitetail deer in Texas with the exact same tuffhead that I used on that Buffalo. The shot was at 20yds and the buffalo only went 50 yards and fell over! (For those skeptics I’ve got it on video)The shot was a complete pass-thru and it buried 15 inches into a round-bale behind him. I used a #75 bear takedown recurve with a Carbon Tech arrow and one of your 225 grain tuffheads. The arrow had 100 grain insert and a 100 grain adapter, total weight was 725 grains. All I can say is that these broad heads have exceeded my expectations! By the way I resharpen the tuffhead and it’s ready for my next hunt, great product
James Ellis – 2016
Joe, I used your 190 gr. Meathead to take this Montana bison. My bison was a 2 yr old cow that weight around 550 lb. on the hoof.
Dennis Dunn – September 2016
Joe — Some more good news for you! I just returned from Alaska this afternoon, after a most successful moose hunt. I shot a Pope & Young bull with one of the most exciting sneaks I’ve ever put on a trophy animal. He had three cows with him, and my guide wasn’t able to get him to come in to us with any kind of raking or calling. Thus I had to make all the moves and avoid all eight eyeballs. I made my shot at what I thought was around 22 yards, yet, because those moose are so big (seven feet tall at the shoulder), he was probably more like 26 yards away. With your 225-grain broadhead on my 31 1/2-inch cedar shaft, my hunting arrows these days are weighing in at about 825 grains. My arrow dropped more than I expected it to —striking the animal’s right-front elbow bone. After smashing through it, the Tuffhead continued another several inches into the center of the bull’s heart. Total penetration was only six or seven inches, but he could not survive the incision into his heart. The draw weight of my Steve Gorr Whitetail Hawk (at my draw length) is right around 60 pounds.
Thomas Downing – September 2016
From Thomas’ story and pictures on TradBow.com… (btw- Tradbow.com is a great resource for all traditional archers. Check it out)
“I got somewhat of a late start to the evening hunt on Tuesday(Sept 6). Pop and I had been in the high country the last few days and we were seeing very few elk. I needed a change of pace so after the morning hunt, Pop and I drove off the mountain back to Durango. My plan was to go the “low country” location. We hunted relatively hard in the morning and Pop elected to take the evening off. I cleaned up, gathered my gear and made my way to the gate at the bottom of the mountain.
My intentions for the evening were to simply get up high on the mountain and glass a ton, hopefully hear a bugle. I arrived at a good spotting location at approximately 6pm. A very calm evening, I watched a red tail hawk fly around for awhile as I settled into an evening of waiting and watching. I let out a couple of cow chirps and a mew at 6:15. Despite my glassing, I hadn’t seen any elk but had the pleasure of seeing a big 4X4 Mule Deer buck walk right in front of me at only 125 yards. Rare to see up here in this elk country. Still no elk or any bugling.
I cow called again at 6:30. After only a few minutes, I heard a sound in the Aspens on my left that got my attention. I listened intently, chirped once and was greeted with two cow chirps that made me think that this could be a calf. Immediately, more sounds of elk going through the thick Aspen jungle occurred and I caught movement. This was no calf, I was stunned how quickly the bull showed up. He was a small 5X4. I put on my facemark and drew an arrow out of my side quiver. He made two more soft cow chirps, eeeaa, eeeaa. I have witnessed this before. Bulls coming in and making soft chirps as they approach. I stood up and watched him come right up broadside onto the ridge I was on. I drew back my PLX and anchored. The bull was well within 20 yards, as I held the string, I thought, “please stop”. Almost on command the bull stopped, I looked at a spot behind his shoulder and released. The 715g carbon arrow with the heavy Tuffhead went right where I aimed and the arrow passed through the bull. He barely even reacted to the shot. He stood there and then slowly started to walk away. I cow called at him and he stops looking in my direction. He then turns completely around and heads right towards me! I kept calling as the bull approached. At about 10 yards, I could hear sounds from the exit wound of exhaling. The bull presented me with an opportunity for a second shot but when I saw the exit wound, there was no need for the follow up. He headed another 10 yards straight down and crashed into the Aspens. I shot him at 6:40 and the entire sequence after was maybe 20 seconds.
I went down to the bull and said a prayer. Being by myself made the experience very unique. Due to all my elk calling after the shot, a bull across the creek erupted in bugling, which made cutting up on the bull pleasant as the bull carried on for awhile. I got ahold of Pop on my cell and he brought my oldest son Isaiah with him. I left the bull and hiked out to the gate, gathered Pop and Wolf and headed back up the mountain with our headlamps. We cut up the rest of bull and took out a load with our backpacks. It was the first time Isaiah had been with us carrying out a bull. We finally got home at 2am. I am proud to say Isaiah went to high school the next morning! The following morning, I grabbed my good friend Eric and we took out one last load and Pop carried out the rack.
It was a solo kill but it turned out to be a tremendous family experience. The excitement that Isaiah showed was very special to me. Watching him work side by side with his grandfather was very gratifying. And good ol Pop, going strong at 75, carrying meat off the mountain once again. Hopefully he is next. I still have a mule deer buck tag to play with and a pronghorn tag that ends on the 20th. Gotta love September! ” T.
Clifford Erickson – August 2016
This year was my first year using your 190 grain Meathead broadheads. I would like to say I am very pleased and will continue to use them. Here are a couple of pictures of a Roosevelt Elk I was able to take in the Oregon coast range. Thank you for providing these broadheads. I am a believer.
Clay Hayes – Fall 2015
September was awesome as well. I was able to arrow this nice bull after getting close to several others. He was with a small herd of cows within 80 yards or so for over an hour before finally coming over the lip of the ridge to check out our calling and raking. One of the satellite bulls came in before him and bedded down within 60 yards. He stayed there and had us pegged down for about 45 minutes before getting up and moving off without offering a shot. But it all worked out. It was a long shot for me but I felt good about it. I’d been shooting great all summer and when he stepped out broadside and standing still the distance never crossed my mind. After thousands of arrows my bow arm just raised to where it needed to be without any conscious thought. After the shot I was surprised to step off 35 yards which is the farthest shot I’ve ever attempted at a big game animal. The arrow struck him behind the last rib, went through his liver, punctured the diaphragm and lung and the broadhead exited the opposite side. That’s almost 35 inches of elk! Cedar tapered shaft with a razor sharp 200gr meathead on the front. Total arrow weight was maybe 650gr.
Dennis Dunn – September of 2015, in the State of Arizona, I experienced a public-lands hunt which blew away all the hunting dreams I’d ever had, and replaced them with priceless memories I shall never forget. Read the rest of his great story…
Tony Mihalevich October 2015
Was assured you like antelope at Compton that I had to go back. Actually, it’s my wife’s and my top of the list good foods. I used a black widow longbow 54#, 650 grain gold tip arrow with a 225 gr tuff head. This is the 5th antelope in three years I’ve taken with your tuffhead. Really pleased with the performance.
I can’t tell you how much my Wyoming experience means to me. I’ve included these photos in order to visualize what I feel. My June trip is for me and my dog. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Along with that I have an annual June 25 date to help dock lambs at the 3 legged 3 ranch followed by a huge meal. What a social experience! Then there’s the hunting in August. The draw, though, for me to Johnson county in the first order is Joe and Joyce and Scott and Jennifer.
The antelope is nice and I do believe he will make p/y. I have to blame Mel Johnson somewhat for my success. This year has been extremely wet in Wyoming and that generally makes hunting antelope more difficult and I was talking with Mel about this. He said even though it’s wet, there’s still an area of social function for animals, and it’s not necessarily a new place to water. So, August 15 I set up on my favorite water and only one animal came in, this buck. He drank, and marked several tall weeds, enthusiastically, but to far for me. I next sat it on the 24th, moving my blind ten feet from where he watered earlier. He came in and he came home.
I shoot a black widow bow, 54# at my draw and gold tip 5575 arrows cut to 28.5 inches. My fletch is 3 three inch wild turkey feathers fletched with a blitz as straight as I can. The insert is your tapered glue in brass, 175gr, with a 1 inch 2219 external footing, topped off with a 225 gr. tuffhead. Arrow weight is 650 gr., or 12 gr. /lb draw weight. The foc measured at the arrow cuttoff is 31 0/0 and 23 0/0 measured to the end of the broadhead. I will say I believe the laws of physics are just that, laws, and energy conservation realized because of these laws and used in the construction of arrows is not only fascinating, but very useful and deadly in hunting with a bow and arrow.
Hope all is well with you and your family.
Thanks, Tony Mihalevich
Mike Davenport – Sept 2015
I appreciate the kind words on the story on Tradgang.. I didn’t but should have mentioned my specs including your fine craftsmanship. I used a Meathead with a 100gr steel insert in front of a 31″ 75-95 carbon arrow out of a 57# bow at 30″.
I got one lung on entry and out through the scapula on other side. The head was poking through the skin. Mountain Goats are super tough. He carried that thing for 300 yards but he didn’t fall down the darn slope (which was good). I don’t think I could have hit him any better as he was up hill at a steep angle.
Hope you are well. Time to start thinking whitetails. I have a giant on the farm I have permission to hunt. I’d like to run a Meathead through him!
Take care and thanks for the great broadheads! Mike
Michael Schwister – September 2015
The conclusion of another great week of DIY public-land elk hunting in Colorado with my cousin Karl. Monsoon rains, full moon, rampaging Shiras bull moose, beef galore, and the speed racer crowd all kept the bull elk at bay. I did take this nice cow at the 11th hour with my homemade Osage Selfbow “Crazy Eye”. Bow was 60# at 28”, arrow was 700 grain surewood tipped with 225 tuffhead. Shot was 30 yards steeply uphill. Upon the shot the cow ran 20 yards stopped to look around for maybe ten seconds, then tumbled down the hill for a less than 100 yard recovery. Always have very short tracking jobs with a Tuffhead!
Mike Mitten – September 2014 Moose
I had a great tribute hunt to my friend Bart Schleyer. It has been ten years since his passing on a solo moose hunt in the Yukon on Sept 14, 2004. My trip was to encompass his anniversary, but it was cut short by the taking of a great bull. Thank you for the help. I did use the 225 Tuffhead mounted to 75 gr titanium. It cut rib in cross-section and penetrated the heart. Bull died in 20 seconds. I packed out all the meat alone. Read Mikes complete story with some really outstanding pictures here on Tradgang.com
September 2014 in central Idaho. It was early season and they weren’t talking at all. Finally resorted to hunting them like whitetail, find where they are and where they’re headed and get somewhere in between. This little guy walked by at 22 yards just after sunup. Lodgepole shaft, 300 gr tuffhead, total weight ~700 grains. Not sure what the FOC is but it’s fairly high for a wood shaft. 65 lb osage selfbow. Arrow broke one rib on entry and lodged in the opposite shoulder. Clay Hayes – http://www.twistedstave.com/
Joe: I was hunting in Colorado about 50 miles south of Steam Boat Springs. The close towns are Yampa and Oak Creek. The area is called the Wilderness Flattops. My brother has been to this location quite often and we hunt out of a base camp without a guide or outfitter, but rent horses to ride back into the Flattops usually about two hours each way. We have ridden as much as three hours in… Read the rest of Randy’s story here…