October 30th, 2010 found me set up in a shag bark hickory tree over looking a promising bedding area. It didn't take long for the magic of a first time stand sit to kickoff as the deer materialized in and out of the thicket I was setup in. After numerous exciting encounters throughout that late afternoon with deer, the buck that I was there for prowled onto the scene to push around the few younger bucks that were in and out of my area the last couple hours.
As fate would have it, there he stood at 7 yards slightly quartering away. With my stands platform 18 feet up I slid my bow between the tree and I, then drew my bow nocked with a GoldTip Velocity Pro arrow shaft tipped with a NAP 2 Blade Bloodrunner broadhead. The shot felt perfect, right up the back of the leg center punching the chest cavity height wise.
The big ole' bodied buck didn't even run at the shot. He jumped sideways over a small creek runoff from a swamp, took a few steps and stood there for a few seconds. He then staggered off and disappeared on the other side of a rise into the tangle of brush and greenbriar I was setup within.
As perfect as the shot felt and looked from the entrance hole I recognized immediately that I hit the offside shoulder and did not achieve a pass through. I knew the huge cut of the Bloodrunner coupled with my entrance point that it would be a short tracking job, and I was right. He didn't cover 40-50 yards, he was just on the other side of the rise that he disappeared behind after the shot.
Although I cannot say that my arrow survived the shot unscathed, the Bloodrunner surely did. It received superficial blade damage from the sudden stop of the impact with the offside shoulder. No bent or broken blades to speak of, just some small nicks on the razor edge of the broadhead. That is saying a lot for a mechanical style head to take an impact like that and still be standing afterward.
I must say that I am very happy with the performance of these broadheads and will for sure carry them in my quiver again this coming autumn.
Here is a photo of the broadhead, you can see the minuscule damage I spoke of on the left hand side blade.
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