There are seemingly hundreds of mechanical broadheads on the market today. However, I myself always been partial to Grim Reaper broadheads. Mechanical vs fixed, brand vs brand, there’s always a healthy debate over who or what is the best. It’s the nature of humans to argue these points. I mean just look at the number of caliber lists even on this site here. Everyone loves to argue that what they use is the best.
Now I have my own opinions of what is best for each situation, and I am sure many other items would work well in these situations. However, below I am going to retell experiences as to why I believe Grim Reapers are the best broadheads on the market. In short, it will be an ode to the broadheads that have helped me be successful.
Starting Out and Switching to Grim Reaper
I started archery hunting the first year I could big game hunt which would have been the fall of 2001. At the time I had a Browning Andrinline and was shooting Easton aluminum arrows with NAP ThunderheadsBroadheads. While the Thunderheads worked ok, I never could quite get them to fly quite right. Once I got older and started shooting a different bow I discovered Grim Reaper’s I decided to give them a try. I purchased my first package of Razortip Mechanical Broadheads from the local archery shop. They flew much better than the fixed blade Thunderheads although I’d have to wait a few more years to see the Grim Reapers in action.
In 2012, on Utah’s extended archery hunt, I took a nice 4×4 mule deer with the broadheads. I snuck in on the buck and had a steep downhill quartering away shot. The Grim Reapers worked flawlessly and made quick work of the biggest archery buck I had ever taken. You can hear the full story of this buck by checking out our Ehuntr podcast by clicking here.
Despite my best efforts, I had to wait until 2015 to put the Grim Reapers back to work again. That year I drew an archery pronghorn permit for my home state of Utah. Spot and stalk pronghorn hunting is no joke, it was humbling for sure. However, it is incredibly rewarding if you can take an animal. On this hunt, I was able to find a pronghorn buck and several does bedded close to some cedar trees. I used the cover of a nearby ridge and the trees to close the distance. Once again the Razortip Mechanicals worked flawlessly, this time at 75 yards. This story can also be heard on the podcast that is linked above.
Switching Designs and Another Harvest
In 2016, I needed to replenish my stock of Grim Reaper broadheads. The local bow shop was out of my Razortips so I decided to go with the Razorcut Mechanicals. In 2016, I chased several nice mule deer bucks around the high desert county of Utah but never made it happen. But during that season I found a great spot to chase deer for the following year.
In 2017, I once again chased several bucks. Although through most of the hunt I never drew my bow back (boy if that isn’t a microcosm of bow hunting). On the 3rd weekend of the hunt, I snuck within range of two bucks in the fading light. To my despair, I watched as I sailed an arrow over the bigger of the two bucks back. Maybe I was lucky or maybe the bucks were confused but one of the two bucks gave me one last chance at my maximum range. I drew back and settled my bottom pin in the buck’s vitals and touched off my release. Once again the Grim Reapers performed their deadly work flawlessly.
Since that hunt, I have switched to another of Grim Reapers’ new broadheads. I am now shooting their Carni-Four series. The Carni-Four’s are a 4-blade mechanical design that was very intriguing to me the first time I laid eyes on them. Unfortunately, my 2020 season was a bust, but I am hoping to put the Carni-Fours to good use this upcoming season. If they perform up to the standard of the other Grim Reapers I have used, I know they will be extremely effective.
This is just one man’s ode to effective broadheads, for me they simply get the job done extremely well and they are who I trust for broadheads. If you are interested in Grim Reaper’s lineup you can check out their website by clicking here. If you do get the itch to pick some up for yourself tell them that Seth at Ehuntr sent you.
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