Jimbo wrote: Want some feedback from my Wisconsin friends.
Be careful what you ask for.
Jimbo wrote: Yesterday afternoon I hit a mature 8 pointer. It was a 10 yard shot from my treestand. Hit him dead center lungs, on his right side.
Right away Im skeptical. Unless you are at ground level, you did not hit it in the center of the lungs let alone dead center. At 10 yards from your tree and with you up perhaps 15 feet, that is a very steep angle and you might only get one lung. Your sight picture would be looking down at the top of the back. (not the dead center of the lungs)
Jimbo wrote: I picked up the blood and found my arrow about 75 yards from my stand. The G5 T3 broadhead failed to open.
Explain how you could tell “failed to open” vs open and then in a different position after striking the deer?
Jimbo wrote: From blood on the arrow it looks like it penetrated 8 to 10 inches. This should result in one punctured lung for sure, right?
From that steep angle (not dead center in the lungs) you most likely got only one lung which will not kill a deer.
Jimbo wrote: Because of the high entry hole and no exit hole, there was very little blood. I tracked him for another 75 yards or so and lost blood and daylight.
This makes sense and tells me you did not hit dead center lungs.
Jimbo wrote: What are your thoughts?
That you made a bad hit, didn’t hit were you thought you hit and are looking to blame the head rather than yourself. Not an attack. You did ask for our thoughts and that’s what I think.
Jimbo wrote: Have you ever had a mechanical broadhead not deploy?
Never and I suspect you have not either. Proper shot placement is key. Don’t blame the head. The right hit (comes from a skilled archer) would have killed the deer with any head on the market.) How many pounds are you shooting that you could not pass an arrow through a deer only 10 yards away?