Skip to main content

Top Field-Tested Broadheads for Fall 2018

The hottest razor-sharp new blades for bowhunters

Top Field-Tested Broadheads for Fall 2018

Once you loose an arrow at an animal, all of your hope rests in the broadhead you’ve chosen. Don’t go cheap. And once you decide on a head, buy several packs and sacrifice a couple for practice because they usually fly differently than your field points. Don’t expect magic. You still have to put them in just the right spot. Nonetheless, broadhead technology advances from year to year. Here are four new heads to consider.

QAD Exodus

QAD Exodus

I like the Exodus’s strength and simplicity. Its 1¼-inch cutting diameter, fixed-blade design aligns three, heavy-duty, 0.040-inch blades with the edges of a sharp chisel point for outstanding penetration. A swept-back blade design amounts to a broadhead that adds only as much length to your arrow as your field points. Replaceable blades ensure razor sharpness every shot. Cons: You need pliers and a blowtorch to remove them from their packaging, and I wish the three-pack came with a practice head. All told, it’s a great head for tough game like boars and elk. MSRP: $40 | qadinc.com

  • Pros: Simple and sharp
  • Cons: No practice head

Bloodsport Nitefall

Bloodsport Nitefall

This hybrid truly has it all. Dual 420 stainless-steel fixed blades provide a 1-inch cutting diameter. They follow a proven chisel tip for banging through bone. Then two mechanical “kickout” blades expand upon entry (using no O-rings or collars) to produce a 2-inch-diameter death hole. A spring within the aluminum ferrule locks them open so they won’t fold up and back out. Afterwards, the blades can be unlocked and replaced. The kickout blades are thin, and I wish the three-pack came with a practice head.MSRP: $40 | bloodsportarchery.com

  • Pros: Blades lock open
  • Cons: Thin folding blades

Rage Extreme 4 Blade

Rage Extreme 4 Blade

We all know that Rage mechanicals are dramatically deadly under most conditions. But some guys like the insurance of fixed blades, so Rage now offers a hybrid that features a fixed, 7⁄8-inch-diameter cutting tip. If that doesn’t do it, its 21⁄3-inch-wide, expandable SlipCam rear-deploying blades will. Folks, that’s enough total cutting surfaces to make Freddy Krueger blush. Cons: It still uses a plastic locking collar (as a plus, they include additional collars for crossbows). But the biggest beef? The heads come in stingy two packs. MSRP: $30 | muzzy.com


  • Pros: Massive 2.3-inch diameter
  • Cons: Only two per pack

Muzzy Titanium HB-Ti

Muzzy Titanium HB-Ti

A ton of features are jammed into Muzzy’s new 100-grain hybrid, yet it still retains the toughness for which the Muzz is known. First, a wicked, precision-machined titanium chisel tip opens the door for its fixed two-blade head that’s serrated and bulletproof thanks to its 0.05-inch thickness. They’re followed by dual mechanical blades that expand to 15⁄8 inches, giving it the best of both worlds. All those cutting surfaces did a number to a large axis buck I shot recently. MSRP: $50 | ragebroadheads.com


  • Pros Heavy-duty blades
  • Cons Expensive, lacks penetration

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Hunting Coues Deer South of the Border

Hunting Coues Deer South of the Border

Former Delta Force Operator Kyle Lamb hikes the rugged desert mountains of northern Sonora in pursuit of the diminutive Coues species of whitetail.

Venison Cheeseburger Bites Recipe

Venison Cheeseburger Bites Recipe

If you're tired of the same old jalapeno and cream cheese poppers, here's a completely different take on the popular party appetizer. Easy to make, and incredibly delicious, these mini cheeseburgers, wrapped in bacon, make the perfect one-bite-fits-all snack for your next tailgate party or hunting camp.

B&C Typical Mule Deer

B&C Typical Mule Deer

Doug Burris Jr's typical mule deer taken in 1969, could just be one record that will never be broken.

Is That a Grizzly Bear?

Is That a Grizzly Bear?

Kevin Steele and Jason Morton are above the Arctic Circle pursuing grizzly bears in Alaska and put a stalk on what they believe is a good one.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

We're deciphering new deer data for rut success.Daylight Deer Movement During the Rut Whitetail

Daylight Deer Movement During the Rut

Jeff Johnston

We're deciphering new deer data for rut success.

Since the first explorers and pilgrims landed, the inhabitants of this glorious country have been7 Favorite Truck Guns Shooting

7 Favorite Truck Guns

Joseph von Benedikt - May 11, 2015

Since the first explorers and pilgrims landed, the inhabitants of this glorious country have...

Salty capers add a burst of flavor to the sauce, which pairs beautifully with the grilled venison loin in this recipe.Grilled Venison Loin with Caper-Mustard Sauce Recipe Recipes

Grilled Venison Loin with Caper-Mustard Sauce Recipe

Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley

Salty capers add a burst of flavor to the sauce, which pairs beautifully with the grilled...

See More Trending Articles

More Bowhunting

New products, born of innovation and ingenuity, are the hallmarks of the bowhunting industry, whereBest Cutting Edge Bow Products for 2017 Bowhunting

Best Cutting Edge Bow Products for 2017

PH Online Editors - August 18, 2017

New products, born of innovation and ingenuity, are the hallmarks of the bowhunting industry,...

A workhorse crossbow in a small package.Crossbow Review: Excalibur Micro AXE 340 Bowhunting

Crossbow Review: Excalibur Micro AXE 340

Kali Parmley - October 29, 2019

A workhorse crossbow in a small package.

Let's be honest, archery should be simple. Modern bowhunting, what with its fiber-optic sights,The Beginner's Guide to Traditional Archery Bowhunting

The Beginner's Guide to Traditional Archery

Jeff Johnston - January 12, 2015

Let's be honest, archery should be simple. Modern bowhunting, what with its fiber-optic sights,

Somehow, year after year, bows continue to get better. This season was no exception as the topExciting New Bows for 2015 Bowhunting

Exciting New Bows for 2015

Andrew VanLaningham & Eric Conn - September 03, 2015

Somehow, year after year, bows continue to get better. This season was no exception as the top

See More Bowhunting

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Hunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now