The Best Arrows for Deer Hunting

The Best Arrows for Deer Hunting

Fill your quiver with the right ammo this season

All arrows pretty much look the same, but the similarities end with aesthetics because they certainly don’t offer cookie-cutter performance. Far from it. Arrows vary widely from brand to brand – even batch to batch – and that matters. A lot.

Even for the whitetail hunter who may never shoot past 30 or 40 yards on a target or a deer, the quality and performance of arrows can be the difference between center-punching a buck’s lungs or hitting a non-deer-body element of the forest like the tree he’s standing next to when you let fly.

This begs the question of what makes a quality arrow and whether it’s necessary to spend up to get top-notch ammo as a whitetail hunter. After testing, shooting, and hunting with dozens and dozens of different arrows over the years, I say yes without an ounce of hesitation. Find arrows that are spined correctly for your setup, offer the GPI weight you prefer, and then are batched and matched according to spine and weight tolerances. After that, get shooting.

Here are several new ammo options to consider.

Bloodsport Hunter Extreme

Bloodsport Hunter Extreme

Offered in spines of 350, 400 and 500 and ranging in weights of 7.5 to 8.9GPI, Bloodsport’s latest are some of the most affordable arrows on the market. Priced at $40 for half of a dozen, these arrows are yours for a fraction of the price of competing options. The standard diameter (.244-inch) Hunter Extremes are designed with all-carbon Rugged Wrap Construction and are built to a straightness tolerance of +/-.006. For the close-range hunter who chooses his shots wisely and expects pass-throughs, these arrows are tough to beat.

Carbon Express Maxima XRZ

Carbon Express Maxima XRZ

Few arrow companies can boast the technologies that Carbon Express can, which becomes evident quickly when you check out the new Maxima XRZs. Built with Tri-Spine Backbone Technology and Kevlar Weave Technology, the Maxima XRZs carry broadheads very well, and can withstand serious abuse. They are also laser-checked for straightness (.0025-inch) and weight sorted into batches with a tolerance of +/- 1 grain. They are also offered in several spines ranging in GPI weights of 6.6 to 8.4.

Easton FMJ Taper T64

Easton FMJ Taper T64

A lot of the old timers in the archery arena talked about front-of-center and its importance to broadhead flight and penetration. It turns out, they knew a thing or two about arrow performance – and so do the engineers at Easton, considering this year they released the FMJ Taper 64. These unique arrows measure 6mm at the front end and only 4mm at the back end, which results in a serious increase in FOC. This, along with the FMJ Taper T64’s straightness tolerances, means long-distance accuracy has never been more achievable to the whitetail crowd. And don’t worry, if you don’t want to target practice at a football field’s distance, you don’t have to. These arrows – no matter the distance you shoot – will penetrate in a way whitetail bowhunters will really appreciate.

Gold Tip Velocity Valkyrie

Gold Tip Velocity Valkyrie

Gold Tip has done plenty to help bowhunters shoot better over the years. They offer a wide variety of hunting shafts, but for the whitetail crowd it’s tough to beat the Velocity Valkyries. These arrows, which measure .246-inch (ID), are manufactured with a straightness tolerance of +/-.006 and weight tolerance of +/- 2 grains. They are also built with Factory Four Fletch accuracy, which is a game-changer for getting broadheads to group exactly where your field points hit. I’ve been shooting four-fletched arrows quite a bit the last few years and can’t believe how rare it is to encounter a flyer in any random dozen – which wasn’t always the case with three-fletched options. These good-for-deer-anywhere arrows are an excellent choice that won’t break the bank.



When it comes to micro-diameter arrows, Victory Archery pretty much created the category. They know what they’re doing when it comes to archery ammo, and their latest offering – the XTORSION – is a great option for whitetail hunters. These arrows draw their moniker from the design process, which encapsulates 304 stainless steel into the high-modulus carbon fiber. This results in a tough-as-nails arrow that flies well, penetrates deep, and can withstand shoulder-blade hits. Choose from either the Gamer or the Sport, the former of which offers +/-.003 straightness tolerances.

Recommended for You


Best New 2019 Crossbow Accessories

Laden Force - July 02, 2019

Check out some of the most innovative products hitting shelves this summer!


Will Wireless Trail Cameras Make You a Better Hunter?

Tony J. Peterson

We break down the truth on these cellular-enabled scouters.


Real-Time Intel: Moultrie Mobile

Gordon Whittington - July 22, 2019

Who says you can't be in two places at once?

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Deer Factory: Northern Climate Warm-Season Food Plots

Dr. James Kroll and Pat Hogan discuss warm-season food plots on this deer factory in Minnesota.

Stan Potts' Debut NAW Hunt

North American Whitetail revisits Stan Potts' very first hunt for the TV Show.

Wyoming Whitetail Crossbow Hunt

Imported video NAW14-WyomingWhitDr. James Kroll and Gordon Whittington are in Eastern Wyoming hunting whitetails with their crossbows.etailCrossbowHunt.mp4

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Land Management

No Matter the Season, Deer Orchard Work Brings Big Benefits to Whitetails

Lynn Burkhead - June 27, 2019

Sponsored By
Chestnut Hill Outdoors
Trophy Bucks

BREAKING NEWS: Brewster's 320-5/8-Inch Non-Typical Buck Pending World Record Announced

Lynn Burkhead - January 10, 2019

After weeks of speculation, the official 60-day entry score for Luke Brewster's epic Illinois...

Deer Behavior & Facts

Rarest Whitetails Of All?

Gordon Whittington - September 22, 2010

In terms of coloration, which whitetails are the rarest of all? Most hunters would claim that

See More Stories

More Bowhunting


Top Bows and Arrows for Summer 2018

Haynes Shelton - June 04, 2018

Summertime is almost here, so we need to start thinking about bows and arrows before it's too...


The Best Arrows for Deer Hunting

Tony J. Peterson - June 10, 2019

Fill your quiver with the right ammo this season.


On Target: Advantages of a Single-Pin Sight

NAW TV - March 14, 2016

The advantages of a single-pin sight are becoming obvious to more and more bowhunters. The

See More Bowhunting

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction


Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services


GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.