Great Blood Trail on a Great Bull

"I found out about Iron Will Broadheads while I was browsing Bowsite.com. I went to their website and read all about their heads and the materials they used. I was a machinist for 30 years and I know that the steel they chose is second to none for hardness and holding an edge. I ordered a 3 pack of the 125 grain heads. I took one head and used it for practice as I will shoot nothing but broadheads when I have an upcoming hunt. I shot this one head close to one hundred times into a Reinhart broadhead target. It was still really sharp but I put it to a leather strop and after a couple of minutes it was shaving hair. This was the very same head that I shot my bull elk with. Now I have been a bowhunter  for longer than I can remember and I have killed many different animals with my bow, but never have I seen such a blood trail. I knew right then we would find my elk.  I am color blind and normally I really need help tracking an animal. Even though I had a guide with me I could have followed this trail as it was enormous. Some guys will spend thousands of dollars and try to save money by purchasing inexpensive broadheads. Not me! Iron Will Broadheads will always be in my quiver and my first choice for hunting."

- Alan Scott, Portage, WI

 Alan Scott with his 2017 archery bull elk, shot with an Iron Will Broadhead.

Alan Scott with his 2017 archery bull elk, shot with an Iron Will Broadhead.

Trophy Moose of a Lifetime

"Dear Iron Will Outfitters,

I wanted to compliment you on the best broadhead I have ever used. I recently took an Alaskan-Yukon moose with your v100 broadhead. The first arrow passed through the first shoulder and embedded on the shoulder on the opposite side with such force I could not get the broadhead out of the bone even though it was still in one piece. That shot dropped the moose in his tracks and although he managed to struggle to his feet I put one more through the lungs with a complete pass through and he did not make it 30 yards. I might also say the shots were at 50 yards which was impressive performance for such a large boned animal. Besides durability these broadheads are incredibly true in flight and I didn't have to perform near as much arrow to broadhead tuning as I have with other broadheads including mechanicals. Great product keep up the good work!"

-Greg Wisener

Greg Wisener with his Trophy Alaskan-Yukon moose, shot with an Iron Will Outfitters v100 broadhead. 

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" The shot was 22 yards, slight quartering away. I was shooting a 520 grain arrow at 63 pounds. The Iron Will went in right behind the right shoulder, and exited in front of the left shoulder. The arrow was stuck 6" in the ground behind the bear. We did not gut the bear but I'm certain it was a front of the lungs and heart shot. The blood trail was the bloodiest I have ever seen in 40 plus years of bow hunting. We easily found the bear about 100 yards from the shot."

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Riley McCarthy
A Broadhead You Can Trust
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" I might not have recovered him if I wasn't using an Iron Will Broadhead. It completely blew apart the shoulder joint and kept going with almost no damage to the head itself. Just needs a little sharpening and I'll be taking it back out for deer season."

- James Preston

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Riley McCarthy
Superior Broadhead Penetration on Yukon Moose
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Well, if you’re reading this, then maybe you’re considering buying Iron Will Broadheads. If so, just do it. Need convincing? Then read on…

I’m as passionate about backcountry archery hunting as I am about designing and building fine furniture. I research and buy the best edged tools I can, every tool is hand sharpened and its edge polished to a mirror finish. I have zero tolerance for crap steel that masquerades as something it isn’t. Hand plane enough wood and chop enough mortises in tough, hard maple, or exotic lumber like African bubinga and you’ll learn to tell good steel from crap. My chisels and plane blades are mainly D-2 steel, Japanese white steel, Japanese blue steel, or the same A-2 steel that machinists rely on and Iron Will uses in its broadheads. Steel selection choice is important, but even more important is the heat treatment/quenching process used to extract maximum performance from blade steels.  Iron Will has that figured out too.

Why I chose Iron Will:

Steel- Iron Will uses A-2 steel for its broadheads, the same A-2 steel used by the best hand plane makers for their blades (even when money is no object).

Heat treatment/Cryo-quenching- Iron Will invests the time and money needed to give every one of its broadheads the same heat treatment and liquid nitrogen cryogenic quenching processes used by the best bladesmiths to create hard, yet tough blade steel.

Sharpening- Iron Will not only sharpens their broadheads, they take their edges to a mirror finish, making the intersection of each bevel into an absolute razor.

Blade configuration/Edge geometry- I spent almost an hour on the phone with Iron Will’s founder, discussing his cut-on-contact samurai tanto-tip blade design-- and that was after I spent countless hours learning from published papers on the merits of single bevel vs. double bevel, etc. In the end, I was completely convinced that Bill’s engineering and testing proved his design and build to be superior. 

Ferrule strength- every broadhead I’ve used prior to Iron Will had either an aluminum ferrule or mild steel ferrule. I wanted max strength, Iron Will uses either hardened stainless steel or Grade 5 Titanium (the stuff the military uses). I don’t think there’s a tougher ferrule out there.

Confidence- All of the above combined to give me the confidence that as long as I did my part, this broadhead would not let me down.

The Bottom Line: What did I get after all my research, after spending more than I would have for mass produced broadheads from a big-box retailer? Exactly what I expected, performance…

I arrived home 3am Monday, October 11th, 2017 from a successful Yukon archery moose hunt, my buddy and I both tagged out on big bull moose early on the 4th day of a 7-day hunt.

 Two time double-lung pass-through.

Two time double-lung pass-through.

Everything about a mature Yukon/Alaska bull moose is huge, they are probably 30”+ thick through the chest, they weigh 1,200 -1,600 pounds, their fur and hide are many times thicker and tougher than deer hide and notably thicker than elk,  their ribs are almost as big as your wrist. Spend all year in the gym training, hike miles in the mountains training with a loaded pack, invest countless hours at the range, practicing. You can’t take a chance that your broadhead will let you down after you put in all that work. If you fail to recover a wounded animal you shot during a guided Yukon hunt; well, you had your chance and YOUR hunt is OVER. You won’t get a free do-over or a mulligan. I shoot a 60lb Bowtech Experience, 27.5” draw, 400 grain Victory VAPs, lighted nocks, Titanium inserts, 125g Iron Will broadheads. I wanted total penetration and zero worry about a blade or broadhead ferrule bending or breaking if I hit bone.

 My second shot was found here after completely passing through a big bull. Unbelievable that a 125g Iron Will Broadhead had enough momentum to do this. All you can see is the titanium outsert on my Victory VAP arrow, my Iron Will Broadhead is totally buried in the sapling. And remember, my draw weight is only 60lbs!

My second shot was found here after completely passing through a big bull. Unbelievable that a 125g Iron Will Broadhead had enough momentum to do this. All you can see is the titanium outsert on my Victory VAP arrow, my Iron Will Broadhead is totally buried in the sapling. And remember, my draw weight is only 60lbs!

My bull was mature, large bodied and carried a 61” antler spread. I shot him twice at full broadside and both were kill shots. First shot was a double lung pass-through at about 35-40 yards. That broadhead went through him so fast he didn't even blink. Second shot, about 15 seconds later at 25-30 yds, again a double lung pass through. The second arrow passed through him with such remaining speed/energy that it completely split a 2” sapling 20 feet on the other side of him (see photo). Bull trotted about 60 yards into the middle of a small river, stood there about 10-20 seconds and dropped. 

I’ve attached photos of the bull, picture of the lungs with both arrow entries (arrow in photo is not the arrow I shot, since I had not recovered either of those yet) and a photo of the second arrow/broadhead I shot- which split a sapling after passing through almost 3 feet of bull. Lungs/hide, etc. are not all that bloody looking since he died in the river and we had to work him up in the flowing water.

What do average broadheads cost? $35-$50 for three? For about twice the money, you can have the best you can buy. Once I had all the facts, my decision was easy.

Best of luck on YOUR hunt!

JL

 
 Two double-lung pass-through shots.

Two double-lung pass-through shots.

 How big are Alaska/Yukon bull moose? That’s a size 12 boot. Their lower legs are as thick around as your knee joint and their ribs are about as big as your wrist.

How big are Alaska/Yukon bull moose? That’s a size 12 boot. Their lower legs are as thick around as your knee joint and their ribs are about as big as your wrist.

 
Make the Most of Your Shot

"This hunt started with blue skies, green grass, and an ominous weather forecast. Multiple days of hunting in blizzard conditions were taking their toll. When the storm cleared enough for us to glass this bull, I knew we needed to make the most of the opportunity. Not only is this the largest bull elk I've ever taken, it was also taken in the toughest conditions I've hunted. These are the moments Iron Will broadheads are made for."

-Eric Whiting, Co-Founder

 Eric Whiting with his 2017 archery elk, shot with an Iron Will Outfitters v125 broadhead. 

Eric Whiting with his 2017 archery elk, shot with an Iron Will Outfitters v125 broadhead. 

One Broadhead, Two Elk for Twin Brothers

"I wanted to reach out and say thanks for the broadhead. I am glad to report that your product performed as advertised!  From a downward angle, my twin brother Trevor’s arrow shot completely through the front shoulder blade and exited through the last rib of a cow elk. A week later I took the same broadhead and made a 57 yard shot on a bull elk, again resulting in a complete pass through. The v100 broadhead showed little sign of damage in the end. Now that I’ve found the arrow and the condition is still acceptable, I will attempt to fill my cow tag with it as well. Thanks again for a premium product and wish me luck!”

-Travis Stav

 

Travis Stav

v100 broadhead after passing through the second elk. 

Trevor Stav

 
Backcountry Bow Hunting Success
 

"For bow hunters that go the extra mile, much culminates and rides on a successful shot. I engineered the Iron Will Broadheads so when a trophy bull is down range, I can trust my broadhead to finish the job and perform as well as science allows."

-Bill Vanderheyden, Co-Founder and Lead Engineer

Bill's backcountry bull elk taken with an Iron Will Outfitters v100 broadhead.