The Making Of The Gobbler Guillotine - Dreaming of Turkey Hunting History - Part Two of Two
In the second of a two part series on Hunting & Fishing Gear Review Matthew Futtere of Arrowdynamic Solutions continues his story of the making, testing and field trials of one of the hottest archery hunting products on the market today, The Gobbler Guillotine.
Please note part one was featured in the 02-24-04 edition of Hunting & Fishing Gear Review. Click on the Articles by Date Link to locate it.
What turned out to be the answer was to envelop the flat razor sharp blade surfaces in a light weight and thin aerodynamically redundant shape. A round tubular shape provided the answer. Incorporating this, we were able to provide a minimal coefficient of lift regardless of the extremes in oscillation of an arrow shaft. Yet, at the moment of impact with the head and neck area of a turkey it is easily sliced through with the broadhead free to continue it job of slicing the head right off the turkey.
Accurate flight is achieved, very large cutting width and huge confidence to hit within my comfortable range of twenty yards or closer on a wild turkey with this new broadhead dubbed “The Gobbler Guillotine”!
With all this newly developed lethal aerodynamic wisdom attached to the end of my arrow shaft. You ask how did the hunt at the beginning end? Let’s pick up where the cameraman was doing a pirouette as the bird circled our position trying to keep it in the viewfinder while not spooking it away and spoiling the shot. In addition, he didn’t want to be the one saying he didn’t capture the video of such a historic event!
Turning around and sneaking to the other side of the camera man when the gobbler went behind some rather thick cedar trees. I pulled to full draw figuring the bird would step into a shooting lane and stop when it spied those three trembling camouflaged bushes a mere twelve yards away. The bird did as it was supposed to do and came into my shooting lane. I pulled the release trigger and sent the arrow with the “Gobbler Guillotine” on its way! And the bird kept walking.
It never stopped and I simply hit thin air where its neck was supposed to be! All my buddy said was that this is why they call it hunting and not killing. Oh so close to making history! The miss did however provide great satisfaction in that the grand gobbler didn’t receive even a scratch and simply ran off to be hunted another day.
This demonstrated one more item to the benefits of shooting for the head and neck region instead of the body. A body shot that far off with a standard broadhead most likely would have meant me having to jump up and run after the bird. Maybe never finding it. Remember my resume not having the running part in it?
The dream did come true finally one week later. Only it was accomplished by a friend named Al Shacklett who also had a dream of shooting for the head and neck region of a turkey instead of the body. It was his search for a better broadhead that brought us together this spring turkey season. Having seen the video of the hunt and the smile on my friends face as he walked up to the jake was better than having gotten the first bird myself. It is that feeling that I hope we can all pass on to our friends and the next generation of hunters. Here’s to dreaming of helping make turkey hunting history...for others!
Written By: Matthew Futtere Arrowdynamic Solutions
To purchase the Gobbler Guillotine go the Arrow Dynamics website at the following address. http://www.arrow-dynamic-solutions.com
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