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Rage in the Bird Cage?
Posted: 24 March 2011 10:07 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Going to hit the turkey woods this year bow in hand and am looking for a little advise on broadhead choice. I only have one turkey to my name with a bow, several with a gun, but only one with a bow. I shot it with a 125grn. Spitfire and it did a great job knocking the bird down. I have since switched to the Rage for deer and was wondering if anyone has had good/bad experiences with these on turkey. What works, does not work? Before anyone writes in about the “guillotine-style” heads I just can’t do it. For three reasons: I hunt from the ground but not out of a blind, I’m accurate with a bow but not that good, and I like my photos of dead turkeys to include a head in them. I shoot a PSE X Force 70lb. draw (not real wild about dropping the poundage either) just for turkey hunting. Maxima and Easton A/C/C arrows.

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Posted: 14 May 2011 06:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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For all of you 71 viewers that checked out this post because you too were wondering how the Rage would perform in the “bird cage”…it works! After 6 long days of 5th season public ground hunting, I finally connected on a bird with my bow. The day prior, my blind suffered a horrific 2” Rage wound that cost me a nice tom at 20yds, after 2 hours of agonizing calling. The missed opportunity was followed up the next day with a nice tom in the bag. Not sure on the weight, but it carried an 11” beard and 1 3/8” limbhanger spurs. I hit it at 28 yards while wearing my homemade guile suit and NO blind! Birds during 5th season do not like blinds or feather flex decoys! It took me 6 days of botched efforts to figure it out, but it all came together in the end. The bird worked to my calling well but was hit a little high in the body. It dropped like a sack of potatoes when hit, and other than nerves didn’t move an inch after the shot. So, for all of you that wondered, as I did, the Rage performs quite well on the spring gobbler. As a side note, not to be disgusting or gross, but to describe the aftermath was no less than a deer hit by these awesome devices. I had no idea the wild turkey had so much blood within to lose. My search for a viable broadhead for the wild turkey is complete. This was only the second bird I have ever shot with a bow, and my first tom, I am on cloud nine, what a rush!

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Posted: 07 June 2011 12:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Wow, I’m up to 103 views with zero replies, not bad!

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Posted: 07 June 2011 02:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Congrats on the bird. I am curious when you said your blind had a 2’ Rage wound. Were you shooting through mesh or open window of the blind? I used a guillotine broadhead on a bird last year from a blind. Eventhough this model said “ok to shoot through ground blind mesh” this thing went whirly-birding all over the place and missed the bird by a mile when I released it. Curious if/how a Rage could handle mesh. I am doubtful.  Were you attempting it and just hit low below the window (been there done that) or did you actually shoot through mesh and it fail? Thanks.

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Posted: 07 June 2011 04:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Your second deduction was spot on. I don’t trust the “shoot through” mesh either, I failed to ensure the arrow was clear of the bottom of the window and blew a hole right through it. So frustrating after working those two gobblers for 2+ hours and blowing a 20 yard chip shot. That night I made an emergency trip to Presley’s and bought a new blind with larger windows to include some corner vertical windows. Have not used it yet but it should work fine for early season birds. It seems public land birds catch on to blinds very early in the season and tuck tail when they see one. No matter how well I brush them in.

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