GAIN SOME WEIGHT
I’ve taken quite a few black bears and four grizzlies with traditional archery equipment. My longbow is 52 pounds and shoots just 152 fps with those stone-point arrows—but it shot through a 7-foot bear. Using traditional equipment on big animals has taught me this: If you want more penetration, understand that arrow mass and a solid, cut-on-contact broadhead are more important than arrow speed.
Lighter hunting arrows became the norm as bowhunters got caught up in the speed craze. But many of today’s savvy hunters are reconsidering their setups and sacrificing some speed for a heavier oomph. Any modern compound set at 60 pounds or heavier should give you complete penetration on deer-size game on virtually every shot. If it doesn’t, the arrow and/or broadhead is probably to blame.