The Best Hunting Arrows

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The Best Hunting Arrows
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An often overlooked piece of gear in the bowhunter’s toolkit is a reliable arrow.

Arrows aren’t as exciting to tinker with as the latest carbon compounds, but behind the bow, they’re the equipment that has the most impact on deadly accuracy. You can skate by without a stabilizer or the latest camo duds. But you’re not going to hit bullseyes or vitals without a quality, well-tuned arrow.

After releasing hundreds of hunting arrows over the past couple decades, we narrowed down the list to our top-performing favorites.

What We Look for in a Good Hunting Arrow

We’ve nocked dozens of different arrows in pursuit of all types of game across varied landscapes. These shafts that stood out from the rest all had a few things in common.

  1. Accuracy
  2. Durability
  3. Purpose-Built Performance

We’re looking for straight-shooting arrows constructed of high-quality materials that can power through prey with reliable consistency.

The Hunting Arrow We Use

The MeatEater crew has flung these arrows at a variety of species, and they’ve outperformed the rest.

What Makes A Good Hunting Arrow

Whether you’re spotting and stalking elk, calling gobblers to a blind, or ambushing bucks from 20 feet up, these are the non-negotiables when choosing hunting arrows.

1. Accuracy

Bowhunting is a game of inches, so arrows that consistently produce tight groups at the range are critical to success in the field. Spine, straightness, and weight tolerances should all be tight to ensure arrows are flying the same from shot to shot.

2. Durability

Whether it’s busting through bone or surviving a whiffed shot, hunting arrows should be able to take a beating without splintering, bending, or breaking. High-quality carbon shafts constructed with thick walls as well as features such as strength-boosting jacket systems and stainless steel components can keep arrows in your quiver season after season.

3. Purpose-Built Performance

Long-range shots at western big game will demand a different arrow setup than 15-yard chip shots in the whitetail woods. Sometimes a heavy and hard-hitting arrow is best, while light and fast-flying arrows will be the better choice in other scenarios. The best hunting arrow is the one built for the quarry you’re after, the conditions you’ll face, and your individual rig.

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