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AF Hunter 06-25-2010 09:04 AM

Elk Hunting Equipment
 
When going to hunt elk, will your same bow setup that you use for deer be adequate? Do you need heavier arrows or broadheads? Help me out on this one please.

Thanks,

Mark

Bow Drawn 06-25-2010 01:52 PM

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Originally Posted by AF Hunter (Post 38638)
When going to hunt elk, will your same bow setup that you use for deer be adequate? Do you need heavier arrows or broadheads? Help me out on this one please.

Thanks,

Mark

If you have a high enough energy out of your setup for larger big game (KE rating) then I would say you're good to go - hunt approved.
"Here is a list of what seems to be the general consensus. Remember, nothing is better than a well placed shot.

Small Sized Game - 25 ft-lbs

Medium Sized Game (Deer, antelope, etc.) - 25-40 ft-lbs

Large Sized Game (Elk, Moose, Black Bear) - 50-65 ft-lbs

Dangerous/Tough Game (Cape Buffalo, Grizzly, etc.) - 65 ft-lbs and above"

AF Hunter 06-25-2010 08:56 PM

So, with a 400 grain arrow shooting at 280 fps = 69.95 ft lbs energy and that is enough to make a kill shot on elk. Is there a larger broadhead recommended or stick with my muzzys and shuttle t-loc's?

AF Hunter 06-27-2010 05:01 PM

Arrow w/broadhead = 485 grains
Bow shoots at 251 fps
Came up with 67.8 foot pounds!!!

Bow Drawn 06-28-2010 02:11 PM

Either one of those setups are by the numbers going to be deadly. Accuracy is the key component with either. The heavier arrow will have more momentum and that will do two things, quiet your bow by putting more energy into driving the arrow and the heavier arrow will be impacting with greater mass than the lighter one giving more potential for an exit wound.

AF Hunter 06-28-2010 02:24 PM

My first attempt was guesstimate by what they told me at the archery shop. The second was actual speed and weight. I am shooting DAILY to ensure that given the chance, that bull is going down! @ 50 yards (which I hope I don't have to take that long of a shot), I am grouping 6 arrows into a tennis ball size grouping. @ 30 yards, the grouping is the size of a golf ball.

Bow Drawn 06-29-2010 09:24 AM

Those are excellent grouping and are plenty tight enough for elk and more the size for hunting deer. I haven't hunted elk yet but I know the kill zone is larger than a Whitetail deer LOL.


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