Types of Arrow Points
The type of arrow point defines its function. An arrow can be fitted with a variety of points designed for specific tasks, from target practice to big game hunting. The same dozen arrows, when properly matched to your bow, can be tipped with practice points before hunting season and later tipped with big game hunting broadheads that shoot equally well.
Arrow points are available in numerous styles, shapes, and weights; and each is designed for a specific purpose.
Bullet and Field Target Points
- Are designed to be shot into paper, foam targets, or grass-type targets.
- Can be matched to the weight of big game broadheads that a hunter plans to use during hunting season. Practicing with weight-matched target points minimizes bow sight adjustments before hunting.
- Are designed for field practice, and used while roving under simulated hunting conditions and selecting targets such as leaves, stumps, or sticks.
- Have small, protruding wire springs on the arrow point to prevent the arrow from disappearing when shot into ground cover.
- Weigh the same as most popular big game broadheads.
- Work best for small game animals such as rabbits and squirrels.
- Are square-tipped instead of pointed and made from rubber, plastic, or steel.
- Kill by shock.
- Many blunt points are made from rubber or plastic. They flair out at the tip to form a much wider striking surface, which delivers more shock to the target.
- Used with flu-flu fletched shafts for squirrel hunting.
- Made of steel and designed to penetrate the hard scales of carp, gar, and other rough fish.
- Equipped with a strong barb to allow retrieval of the fish.
- Usually feature screw-off or retractable barbs for easy removal from the fish.