Compared to larger animals, like deer, small game animals have too small of a vital area for the average archer to hit consistently with a broadhead. Instead, small game arrowheads kill through shocking power -- by inflicting a massive amount of trauma throughout the animal's body. Making a hunting arrow for small game, such as squirrels, rabbits, and birds, only requires changing out the standard hunting broadhead for an arrowhead designed specifically for small animals.
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Things you need
- Broadhead wrench
- Small game arrowheads
- Flat field point
Choose a small game arrowhead that best fits your needs and hunting style. The two types of small game arrowheads that are most effective for squirrels are blunts and judo points. Select a blunt to inflict the greatest amount of trauma over the largest area. Metal blunts have a square head, with some having small teeth-like projections to break through bone and soft tissue. Rubber blunts function similarly to a bullet fired from a gun, compressing slightly on impact to send hydrodynamic shockwaves through the animal's bodily fluids. An added benefit of the rubber blunt is the rubber arrowhead can be used for target practice, as the rubber bounces of hard surfaces like trees and rocks. Judo points are constructed with a tapered head, a flat nose and spring-arms attached to the base of the arrowhead. On impact the arms on the judo point spring forward, securing the arrow to the animal.
Remove the broadhead from the arrow shaft with a broadhead wrench; the same shaft will be used for the small game arrowhead.
Screw the judo point or metal blunt arrowhead into the arrow shaft. To attach a rubber blunt, first screw a flathead field point into the arrow shaft and then push the hollow end of the rubber blunt over the field point.
Tips and warnings
- While judo points can be effective with a solid hit, if the animal receives a superficial blow, such as on a leg, the arrow can be lost if the squirrel is still able to climb a tree.
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