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Old 05-18-2017, 11:54 AM
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Default Small game heads and TH bowquiver

Hi guys,

I'm planning on doing some small game hunting ( rabbit, squirrel ) this fall with my buddy and I realized that judo points might not be the best for my Thunderhorn bowquiver given the foam and the point's little arms. Any recommendations for a small game head which would be easier to house in quiver foam?

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Old 05-18-2017, 12:28 PM
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Default Re: Small game heads and TH bowquiver

I've never had much luck with judo points on rabbits or squirrels. I prefer using a broadhead. I usually have 50 or so old ones laying around that do the trick.

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When toting judos or other blunts, I usually just turn the arras upside down in the quiver, nock in foam.
Works for me!
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Judos are great for stumping, but not so good for small game shooting. They don't have enough shocking power to anchor rabbits on the spot, which means they will often get down their burrows, taking your arrow with them. Judos will fit into your Thunderhorn Boa without any problems. They don't damage the foam too badly, IMO, but as Thorsten said above, you can simply reverse them if you prefer.

Broadheads work very well on small game, but you will lose a few arrows as they tend to 'slither' along through the grass and under leaves before coming to rest.

I prefer to use blunts personally. I like 'The Hammer' blunts. The concave surface provides a lot of shocking power and the edges are sharp enough to do a lot of tissue damage. They don't allow your arrow to slither along the ground and become lost. They're also a good little head for general stumping.
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I have good results with "The Hammer" from 3Rivers. I carry one reversed in the quiver while deer hunting. If out stumping or chasing rabbit and squirrel, I keep an extra foam insert for my Great Northern quiver just for the "The Hammer".
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Thanks for all the great info, guys! I'll give The Hammer a look. Love the reversed trick too.

If you have any further thoughts, tips, lessons learned, or stories about hunting rabbit or squirrel with a bow, I'd love to hear 'em.

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I shoot 225gr up front, so I can shoot a 125gr Hammer with a 100gr insert or 175gr with 50gr insert. Thoughts on size of the head? Is the 175gr recommended in this case?

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Default Re: Small game heads and TH bowquiver

Yak, have a look at "The Forge converta blunt".
Weighing in at 75 grains, they can be matched with any fieldpoint weight giving you endless options.
In my experience, this combo is less likely to bend on the occasional hard impact!
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I killed rabbits by the armload with simple HTM rubber blunts back in the 70's. You can kill a rabbit with just about anything, but a squirrel is tougher by a hundred. I like the hard steel blunts for squirrels, but I use a back quiver and they work fine with those. You can also use field points with a plain washer behind it and they should stay in your bow quiver.
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Thorsten, Toxalot...Many thanks for the info!

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Default Re: Small game heads and TH bowquiver

I carry a Judo or two along with broadheads by use of "Piggy Backers" that hold the Judo arrows.
http://www.3riversarchery.com/piggy-...accessory.html
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I carry a Judo or two along with broadheads by use of "Piggy Backers" that hold the Judo arrows.
http://www.3riversarchery.com/piggy-...accessory.html
Very cool! Didn't know these existed. Now I have options. Thanks!

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I've never had much luck with judo points on rabbits or squirrels. I prefer using a broadhead. I usually have 50 or so old ones laying around that do the trick.

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I'm with Mike. Old broadheads for small game.
If you are worried about burying arrows you can put a washer behind the head which helps keep them from tunneling into the grass.
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Default Re: Small game heads and TH bowquiver

One tip that I can offer regarding broadheads is to blunt the tip on the for squirrels. You will have plenty of arrow to kill them and won't have to spend time digging them out of a tree limb or stump. And do not shoot sharp broadheads at squirrels in trees, and I shouldn't have to say why; however, arrows shot in the air usually have to come back down. Broadheads at squirrels is a ground game.
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Yeah, was figuring I'd only go for squirrels on the ground or on very low branches. Have never tried the meat but have heard it's tasty.

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