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    Ultimate Broadhead Challenge

    This year at the Wisconsin Bowhunters Annual Broadhead shoot, A friend and I ran a new novelty shoot event for the WBH. We came to call it

    "The Ultimate Broadhead Challenge"

    Here is the idea.

    Archers will register at the tent for the event, and pay a $5 per-shot price, to take a shot at the custom built target with a 3 1/2" hole cut out of it's center. If you make the shot.....you get $10 back, and you are automatically entered in the finals.

    Shooters will be assigned either the 40 yard distance, or the 25 yard distance depending on their bow, and their age. If you are under 12 years of age, or shoot instinctive with no sights .....you shoot at 25 yards. ALL others shoot at 40 yards.

    The arrow must have a broadhead as it's point, and the entire arrow, must pass through the hole.

    All the successful shooters are going to be brought back for a SHOOT-OFF (FINALS) to be held late afternoon on Saturday. For that portion of the competition, the yardages are going to be moved to 50 and 30 yards respectively.

    Eventually, there will only be one person standing, and that lucky person is going to be Known for a year as The Ultimate Broadhead Challenge Winner.

    Aside from being able to hold their head up high as the winner of the competition, the lucky person will win over $500 in prizes,

    The target that is being used is 4' X 4', and is made 4 1/2 inches thick and of plywood. After archers register and take their shot......IF they don't make the shot, they simply go downrange, and unscrew the arrow, But......THE BROADHEAD STAYS IN THE TARGET!!!! All they do is sign their name on the target, next to their broadhead, in permanent marker.

    On Friday Morning (Sept. 5th), we opened the Ultimate Broadhead Challenge to a small crowd of folks that were unsure about just what we were up to. We explained the event and many said that they would first shoot the course and then come back as they could not risk leaving theirs broadheads in the target and have none left for the course. Later (and while I was away from our tent) our first archer gave it a try. He was a Traditional shooter that left the first head in the target.

    Now that somebody had taken the shot, others began to approach. The distance was pretty intimidating.



    After the shooters made their attempt, we would take them down to the target to sign their names and unscrew their arrows.



    As promised, after folks were finished with the broadhead course, they stopped back to try the challenge. One such archer was a guy named Eric. the only problem was that Eric had an equipment failure on the course that left him without a bow but thanks to his friend Mark, lending Eric his bow, Eric took the challenge and was the first archer to put an arrow through the hole. As promised, we paid Eric $10 for making the shot.



    Not to be outdone with his own bow, Mark took the challenge and made the shot. We had two archers make it back to back.



    These guys not only advanced to the final shoot off but were very good for business and others that viewed them making the shot were now tempted to try it themselves. Not all were so lucky.



    As the day wore on, a few more gave it a try.



    By the end of the day Friday, 6 shooters had made the shot through the hole and would have to return on Sat. for the shoot off.

    On Saturday, more folks stepped up to the Challenge. We had a few more Trad shooters give it a try.





    But we never did have a trad shooter put one through the hole.



    It should be noted that we offered shooter the chance to warm up for the 40 yard challenge by taking a few shots at a cardboard target set next to the challenge target. After watching all these folks take the challenge, I couldn't take it anymore. After more than a year since the last time I had used my compound, I pulled it out of the case and took a few shots and forty yards.



    I was set. I stepped up to the line to take the challenge but at the last second, a jet flew over head and I got something in my eye and there was a small earthquake or something like that. (that's my story)



    After that freak accident, I put the bow away and picked up the camera again as I am much more accurate with it. Here is a shot of our tent. You can see some of the prizes on the table out front.



    We also had on fella stop by named Shawn who wanted to try the challenge but he did not have any broadheads. I asked him how many gains his practice points were and he said 85 grains. I told him I had some 85 grain heads in the broadhead collection and that he was welcome to try one. He took me up on my offer and after a practice shot or two, made it through the hole an onto the shoot off round. I held onto the broadhead for him until then.

    We also had one young fellow that was 8 years old that asked if he could try the challenge. He told us that his Dad said it was ok but he too did not have a broadhead. I weighed his field point and then went to the collection and found him an nice new 100 grain Muzzy. He stepped up to the 25 yard line and fired his arrow at the target. His 30 pound bow hid not have enough power and the arrow bounced off the target. I told him to try again but with the same results. He tried a third time and still no good. He was determined. He no longer cared about making it through the hole. He only wanted to stick it in the target and sign his name. I moved him up to 10 yards and told him to give it a try but still, the arrow ended up at our feet. Then I walked back to the tent and grabbed a hammer and gave it to Dan. Dan took the young fella to the target and found the last dent he had made and use the hammer to drive that Muzzy home and young John got to sign his name.



    We also ad a few folks that just wanted to donate $5 and not take the shot. We thanked them for their generosity. We had one guy that didn't care to make the shot through the hole and just wanted to leave a broadhead and signature on the target. He took his shot with a 1972 vintage Browning Serpentine Broadhead which is pretty rare but he was willing to part with it.

    On Saturday at 5:00 pm was the cut off to qualify and time for all the shooters that had met the challenge to advance onto the shot off round.

    12 archers had made the cut.





    Those two goofy looking guys behind the target are my friend Serb and myself. Serbs the one in the cowboy hat and I'm in the goofy looking fishing hat.

    Each person that made it through the hole, signed the target on the corner since they could not sign next the their broadheads since they didn't leave on in the target. There were two guys that made it through the hole but their arrows came apart and they left some of those parts in front of the target.



    We then roped off the area and gave the 12 archers 15 minutes to take a few practice shots to warm up at 50 yards. The crowd of onlookers was getting bigger and bigger.



    I gave each shooter a number and we drew from a hat to determine the order. When all twelve had taken their shot in the shoot off, only two were left standing. They were Corey and Mike.

    I flipped a coin and Corey won the toss and made Mike shoot first. Mike finally missed (by an inch) and it was up to Corey to either miss and force another shoot off or make the shot and win.

    Corey stepped up and put his arrow through the hole and was the only archer not to leave a broadhead in the target. In doing so, Corey was named the Ultimate Broadhead Champion for 2008.



    As such, Corey took home around $500 in prizes. Congratulations Corey. I hope you come back next year to defend your title.



    Over the course of 2 day, we had 58 archers take the Ultimate Broadhead Challenge with many of them taking multiple shots. In all, 104 shots were made. This is what the target looked like at the end of it all.



    For the entire weekend, we had 692 Bowhunters shoot the Broadhead course and many more that came for the vendors, food, music and other events over the course of the 3 day event.


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    thats a great event!! would have loved to participate!!
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    Great post. That looks like a blast, I had fun just reading it!
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    Good idea for sure, I am amazed at how low some of those shots were.
    I wonder if these guys are happy with their bows?

    At the very least it should open some eyes to the fact that broadhead flight is extremely important and more people need to be practicing with broadheads more often.

    Looks like a very well set up booth and event.
    Thanks for sharing........
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    Looks like a great event

    Wouldnt it be fun to see everyone here take this shot.

    Might be interesting for many

    I love broadhead shoots. You really fine out if your tuned and ready.

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    Above all, there was one most popular head used by more archers than any other head at this weekends event. Can anybody guess what it was??

    There was one broadhead over all that broke when hitting the target more than any other brand. Can anybody guess which one?

    The winner of this event was the only one shooting that particular brand of broadhead. Can you guess which one it was?

    P.S. There were no Mech heads used in this event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid Crabtree View Post
    Above all, there was one most popular head used by more archers than any other head at this weekends event. Can anybody guess what it was??
    G5

    There was one broadhead over all that broke when hitting the target more than any other brand. Can anybody guess which one?
    Satelite

    The winner of this event was the only one shooting that particular brand of broadhead. Can you guess which one it was?
    Magnus
    P.S. There were no Mech heads used in this event.
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    zero for 3.

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    ttt

    Here are my guesses:
    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid Crabtree View Post
    Above all, there was one most popular head used by more archers than any other head at this weekends event. Can anybody guess what it was??
    Muzzy

    There was one broadhead over all that broke when hitting the target more than any other brand. Can anybody guess which one?
    Eastman


    The winner of this event was the only one shooting that particular brand of broadhead. Can you guess which one it was?
    SlickTrick

    P.S. There were no Mech heads used in this event.

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    zero for 3

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    I won't guess whats heads were which, but I'll guess there were more non-mathews than mathews. (more broadheads to the left of the hole than the right) Looks like a good time.

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    Very cool idea!

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    Thats not fair hes shooting a mathews. lol

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    Above all, there was one most popular head used by more archers than any other head at this weekends event. Can anybody guess what it was??

    Slick Trick


    There was one broadhead over all that broke when hitting the target more than any other brand. Can anybody guess which one?

    Muzzy


    The winner of this event was the only one shooting that particular brand of broadhead. Can you guess which one it was?

    WASP

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    I found the answer elsewhere

    I was surprised..but I won't ruin the fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by red44 View Post
    I won't guess whats heads were which, but I'll guess there were more non-mathews than mathews. (more broadheads to the left of the hole than the right) Looks like a good time.
    There was a hard wind blowing from right to left causing a lot of folks to miss left of the hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ember View Post
    Above all, there was one most popular head used by more archers than any other head at this weekends event. Can anybody guess what it was??

    Slick Trick


    There was one broadhead over all that broke when hitting the target more than any other brand. Can anybody guess which one?

    Muzzy


    The winner of this event was the only one shooting that particular brand of broadhead. Can you guess which one it was?

    WASP
    You got one right. In fact only one other head broke and that was a NAP crossfire. The trocar tips snapped off of several Muzzy heads, Sorry, I didn't keep track of exactly how many since I was rather busy but it was enough that it caught my attention. My guess is the the threaded area with 3 or 4 blade slots made it weak in that area. I am not trying to slam Muzzy. If you look at my shot, I used a Muzzy Phantom.

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    I will add this question. 2 heads by far out penetrated all the others, which ones?

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    I think it's pretty ridiculous that that many people were so far off even at 25 yards! If you can't consistantly hit a 2.5" circle at 25 yards then you have NO BUSINESS deer hunting or any other kind of hunting really. It's not fair to the animal your hunting and its just plain ridiculous! This is the reason so many deer get gut shot and are running around with broadheads stuck in there a**%$ every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadrunner View Post
    I think it's pretty ridiculous that that many people were so far off even at 25 yards! If you can't consistantly hit a 2.5" circle at 25 yards then you have NO BUSINESS deer hunting or any other kind of hunting really. It's not fair to the animal your hunting and its just plain ridiculous! This is the reason so many deer get gut shot and are running around with broadheads stuck in there a**%$ every year.
    I guess you didn't bother to read the thread at all then before making your post. I can't believe you were that far off with your post in such a short distance. If a guy cant take the time to consistently read a post before spewing uninformed crap, he has NO BUSINESS posting or any other kind of web usage. It's not fair to the other readers and just plain ridiculous! This is the reason so many posters gut shoot themselves and are running around with their heads up their arses every year.

    Go back and actually read the post and you will see that of the 104 shots taken, 4 or 5 were taken from 25 yards by trad guys and all the other shots were taken at 40 and 50 yards. (Sigh!) some people....... I blame the public school system for turning out people like this.
    Last edited by Rancid Crabtree; September 8th, 2008 at 07:45 PM.

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    Looks like lot of fun! Great Story! Thanks for story and photos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid Crabtree View Post
    Above all, there was one most popular head used by more archers than any other head at this weekends event. Can anybody guess what it was?? Thunderhead

    There was one broadhead over all that broke when hitting the target more than any other brand. Can anybody guess which one? Muzzy

    The winner of this event was the only one shooting that particular brand of broadhead. Can you guess which one it was? Montec

    P.S. There were no Mech heads used in this event.
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    Looks like a blast and I'd love to play. The only thing I would do different is allow no warm up....just like sitting in a tree stand for hours before the shot.

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