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Bill Kissner - May 2013 Saskatchewan Black Bear
On the morning of the 27th, equipment was checked and arrows were shot to loosen muscles that had been cramped up in the truck for 3 days and 1650 miles of driving.

I have hunted bears several times but never taken a color phase and was looking for a cinnamon/brown, or even hopefully a blonde. There was a nice blonde taken the week before we arrived.

Monday afternoon, my guide Leo, and I left at 4:00PM and rode separate 4 wheeler... read MORE

Sean and Karen Walp  - 2/15/13
Hi Joe;
We ended up having a pretty good season. I shot two does with the TuffHead broadheads and Karen shot a doe she didn’t recover but we still found the arrow. She also harvested her first deer with the bow; a nice six point, also taken with the TuffHead 300 grain left bevel and a wooden arrow I made for her 35 pound Centaur longbow

All in all we were impressed with the TuffHead performance and hope to use them again for the coming season.

King ends the season in style - He writes...."Well, yesterday I had an epic hunt to finish the year,( seasion closes Monday 31st). Shot was a tad-long, but I knew I could make the shot. I was pined down above 9 deer, a tall 3x3, a wide 3x3 with short tines, a wide 3x2 with huge eyegards, and a big forky.

I layed against the hill above them for over an hour, all 4 bucks where sleeping, then some of the does started to stir getting 2 of the bucks up, as I raised up for the shot, he was around 52 yards straight down hill, head down quartering away.  Read more....

Tom Brissee and Tuffhead Score Again - December 2012

(Be sure to check out the pentration picture on the follow-on page that he included with his story. This is how the Tuffhead works!)
Harvest #3
My first longbow buck was taken on 12/12/12, a very lucky day for me indeed. The deer came around behind my stand to my left and offered a hard quartering away shot. The 225gr. Tuffhead tipped Sitka Spruce arrow weighed 618 grains and carried an FOC of 19.20%. I leaned out to avoid... Read the rest

Tom Brissee's good words on the Tuffhead - November 2012

This is my first year bowhunting with Traditional Archery tackle.  I have been working at becoming proficient with my longbow for quite some time.  During that time, I did alot of research on broadheads and how to get the best penetration.  Dr. Ed Ashby's penetration studies steered me toward single-bevel 2 blade broadheads and, in particular the Tuffhead broadhead.  .  During years of bowhunting with a compound bow, I always built my arrows with high FOC and continue to do so with the wood arrows I am using with the longbow.  I found...   Read More on Tom's two early Tuffhead successes!

Abe Penner's easy to trail TuffHead trophy - Nov 2012

Funny, Abe fails to mention the weird rack when he relates...

Hi Joe

Here are some pictures of my kill this morning. I saw the buck go down from my tree stand. This was made possible with the snow on the ground. The snow also shows the blood trail very well. In most cases we could follow the trail 20 yds ahead of us while walking or more in some cases. The bloodied arrow with the tuft of hair where it lay was kind of neat .That was right at the shot site. The buck was found with all the blood frothing out of the exist wound,just as you see it in the photo.. Bow setup , Blood trail and more pix...

David Coulter - Nov 6th 2012 -

Hi Joe,

  I wanted to tell you that yesterday afternoon, just  before dark, I took my first deer with a bow.  I was using one of your 225 grain Tuffheads and it worked just as it was supposed to. My little whitetail doe was not much of a test perhaps, but the wound in the lower 1/3rd of the heart bled immediately and the doe expired about 50 yards up the trail in probably less than two minutes.  This afternoon I went back out and found the arrow firmly planted into the stoney hillside right where the deer was walking. 

Thanks for helping make my first archery kill a textbook experience.  If I would have had to track her it would have been easy. 

  The bow is a Leon Stewart Slammer Special, 46#. The arrow is a Beman ICS Bowhunter 400, weighing 625 grains total with an FOC of 28%.

David Coulter, David W. Coulter Photography
david@davidwcoulter.com   www.davidwcoulter.com   570-688-9295
PO Box D,  Henryville, PA 18332

David Deville a.k.a. KingWouldBe - October 2012 -
A deer and a coyote with a TuffHead 225 and a big bear with a TuffHead 300. How good can it get?

David notes...

"Shot a real nice Black tail here in California and the last Grizzly here.... well, he might just be a black bear but, he looks like he could have some Grizzly blood....lol Shot the buck at 15 yards

and hit a little high, dropped him in his tracks and he slid down the hill to a creek, I hit him again as he was sliding down hill for insurance, oh! and the coyote was just a bonus.


The bear was a little closer @ 11 yards as he was coming up hill.


I spotted him about 250 - 300 yards away coming down the other side of a mountain, got my self in position as he came up the other side to me, hit both lungs coming in high on his back with a slight quartering at me shot, he never knew what happened..... just raised his head like what was that, then he shot forward about 20 yards and stood there wondering what was going on, when I heard him take a little stumble, then he started rolling down hill like a wheelbarrow full of cement, bowling over trees and brush crashing down hill about 150 yards to the bottom of the canyon.


Well, Like Mel Brooks said: " It's good to be the king ".....lol            Kingwouldbe 

Rocky Cade - October 2012 -
Joe: Tuffhead comes thru again. 2012 buck shot at 10 yards. ( Same exact tree stand, same exact arrow, same exact Tuffhead that I used on the 2011 buck) spine hit on a quartering away shot so I may have hit two vertebras broadhead was sticking thru about 1 inch inside chest. bow weight 55#, arrow weight 639 grains, FOC 22.8.
Next job for the Tuffhead will be Alaskan Brown Bear Sept. 2013. I will be increasing bow weight and arrow weight for this job. Looking forward to the titanium adapters. Rocky
Ray Hammond - October 2012

Ray posts a good story on his fine Tuffhead score with a lot more pictures here on the tradgang website. Scroll down a bit on this link to read Ray's story.
David Petersen - October 2012

Joe: I hope this finds you well and spunky. Here is what I’m posting to tradbow.com ...


In more than 30 years of bowhunting elk here, I’ve never had such a tough season. Nothing even close for prolonged dead time. Wound up hunting seven weeks, missing ... Read More...
t downing sept elkThomas Downing - September 2012  Joe---Good morning from Colorado. Here is a copy of what I wrote up on tradbow and some pics. Thanks again for the Tuffheads.
God bless, T

He writes (and more pix including three generations of elk hunters):
"It was a humbling experience. This past Tuesday, the 18th, found Pop and I headed toward a ridge that has produced two other bulls for me in the past. It takes a while to get there but..."  READ THE REST...

Bill Kissner - Aug 2012  Just wanted to let you know I killed a cow Thursday morning August 30th . Used my Black Widow bow and one of your Tuffheads. Shot her at 8:30 AM. She was standing broad sided. Arrow entered mid ribs. It must have glanced off the side of a rib and deflected toward the rear slightly, going through one lung and then the liver. I took up the track after 30 minutes and jumped her from a bed after 150 yards. Waited about 30 minutes and resumed the track and jumped her again after only 75 to 80 yards. Came back to camp and gathered equipment and recruited some help to retrieve her from the deep canyon. We went back in at noon and found her dead about another 100 yards from the last bed. We evidently scared one or more bears off her as they had chewed on her front leg in the elbow area and removed a large section of skin in the lower belly area. There were some claw tears in other areas but no meat was damaged. We were lucky to have arrived when we did or I believe she would certainly been ruined. It took about an hour to drag her out of the canyon with my chain saw winch.


Joe Blake -
Good Morning Joe, Here are the results of my hunt yesterday morning here in MN: 22#, 10 1/4" beard, 1" spurs. Arrowed the Tom with a 57# Prairie Panther longbow and 850 grain tapered hickory shafts tipped with your 300 grain Tuffheads...the bird never knew what hit him as he simply walked slowly away for about 25 yards, laid down, and died quietly in plain sight. My kind of tracking job!
Thanks for everything...I leave for a Manitoba bear hunt in a couple weeks so hopefully I'll have some more pics to send you then.
Take care,
Joe Blake

( Joe builds bow and his website is www.prairielongbows.com. Take time to check it over. He makes a very nice bow )


Chuck Jones - Hi Joe, here are the pictures I have of the pig I shot. And here is the story.

While hunting in March 2012 in Texas, at the Wensel Pig Gigg; I shot a nice wild boar with the 225 Tuff Head. I was sitting in a brush patch on the ground at dusk when the boar came by at 15 yards. I made the shot, and the hog took off on a dead run,but the hit looked high,  so I came back in the morning.

The boar was lying where he fell, about 100 yards away, in view from the area of the shot. The Tuff Head did a great job, penetrating both sides behind the shoulder. It cut up both lungs and I'm sure the hog went down in just the few seconds it took him to run 100 yards. I shoot a 45#@28" Black Rhino longbow. The tuff Head gives me the confidence to hunt bigger game and expect full penetration and a quick kill. -Chuck Jones

Richie Nell - Fine as Swine... read a great hunt story with the TuffHead 300 from a hunt this march from Rich Nell
First recorded Kill with a 300 gr. Tuffhead™! Give that man a cigar!
David Deville scores two with the new 300gr. Tuffhead. He tells the story with a video here...
Richie Nell sends this second picture of a  recent south Alabama doe.


I want to tell you about the second victim I have taken with the same Tuffhead 225.  First of all, after recently shooting a buck (and the earth upon exiting),  the Tuffhead only needed a few strops on a cardboard box to get it hunting sharp.  I then took a doe with it on 1/19/12.  I was hunting a narrow strip of timber between ...

 Read more of Rich's Doe story, some autopsy pictures and a video of the massive blood trail left by the Tuffhead™...


Richie Nell sends this picture of a nice south Alabama whitetail.

Joe: Enclosed is a South Alabama victim.


Arrow entered at very steep angle tight behind the shoulder triangle from tree 8-9 yards away.  It exited right beside the brisket until it hit the dirt.  It is not as sharp right after that incident as it was before but it is still very sharp to hunt with.  The blood trail was plenty good with excellent spots in some places along a 60 yard blood trail.


Just thought I would let you know.     Thanks,      Richie Nell

2011 Whitetail - Todd Secker
Todd Secker writes-"Joe, Thanks for designing the Tuffhead. I ended a great hunt this season with one of your Tuffheads out of one of my recurves."
2011 Whitetail -  R.D. Cade
R.D. Cade- Michigan buck.  Shot Nov. 6, 2011 . The Tuffhead  seems to do the job! Flys well from my compound at 60 # using ACC 371  281/2 .

2011 Whitetail - Chuck Jones
I'm confident that even with my lighter weight bow set-up, I can rely on great penetration and exceptional cutting performance from the TuffHeads.... read more of Chuck Jones experience this nice buck and its meeting with a TuffHead.

 2011 Whitetail - Steve Woodruff

Thanks for an awesome broadhead!!!  A Very Satisfied Customer,

        ... Read more of Steve's comments on his experiences with the TuffHead


 2011 Hog - Vance Skinner

Vance Skinner received a couple of Tuffheads from his buddy David DeVille, and here is what happened on his first shot... on another hog that was destroyed by the Tuffhead, the shot was about 10-15 yards on a run, it took 2 steps and hit the dirt, blew a chip off of the socket and shattered the opposite leg bone. it's chin hit the dirt and began to plow dirt, then rolled about 80 yards down hill. More details on the equipment, a video on the shot, and some internals when opening up the hog...


2011 Hog - Hank Boswell

Had a hunt last weekend and shot a deer and a hog with your Tuff-Heads. The buck was a broadside shot on a typical West Texas deer that was 3 yrs old I would say. The arrow buzzed throughout the deer on a double lung shot and I watched him fall at about 50 yards, total penetration and good blood trail but not needed. But more on Hank Boswells's hog in the photo...


2011 Elk -  David Peterson   “The Tuffhead broadhead, beefed up to 450 grains with insert and adapter, performed flawlessly and helped produce one of the cleanest and fastest kills in my 30 years of traditional bowhunting for elk.  I am convinced the long, narrow profile, along with superb factory sharpening, are  major elements in the Tuffhead’s excellent penetration performance.” – David Petersen  


David Petersen is the author of "Man Made Of Elk"   www.davidpetersenbooks.com


 2011 Canada Moose - Howard Harder

 "Hi Joe,     Thank you very much for the TuffHead broadheads, I received them on Friday, installed them on my cedar arrows and tested the 225 grain brass points and one TuffHead that evening. Saturday morning I was out hunting moose with my friend Harvey Kay in the Cypress Hills located 20 miles south of hometown of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada.     read more of Howard's story....

2011 California Hog - David DeVille
"Kingwouldbe" (David DeVille) has an very interesting story on this hunt and some very enlightening videos about hog anatomy and the effectiveness of the TuffHead.
Read more about this trophy...

Aug 2011 Elk - Abe Penner
"Your broadhead did its job again, not that I had any doubts. Thanks for making it a good one." 
Abe Penner... Read More on Abe's stalk..

2011 Elk - Bill Kissner
Bill Kissner near Mancos, Colorado
"The Tuffhead did a great job as it broke 2 ribs going in. Thanks Joe!"

read more about Bill's hunt...


2009 Black Bear
Pope &Young 19.25 Inches 
These two bears and the coyote were shot using the prototype TuffHead™ broadhead over the three year testing and development stage (2008 to 2011).

All were shot by Joe Furlong owner of the Vintage Archery Co.  using a takedown longbow built by Chuck Jones of Okaw Valley Bow Company The arrows used were Grizzly Stick Alaskan arrows  The total weight of the arrow and broadhead was 750 grains, with a weight forward of center (FOC) of 22%. The bears were shot in Carrot River, Sask. Canada with Kent and Lorie Wolowskie owners and operators of Rock Ridge Outfitting

TuffHead's™ long development stage of three years may sound extreme to some, but during this time the broadhead metallurgy was perfected and production jigs and techniques were also developed. Joe felt it was important that everything was right and the broadhead was thoroughly tested before the broadhead was marketed to the public.

   Photo by Lori Penner2009 Canadian Moose

Abe Penner of Cari-Bow (www.cari-bow.com) was feeling guilty about all the time he was spending working building custom bows. He thought that his wife Tina was being neglected so he suggested that they go on a second honey moon.

Abe suggested that they should go on a fly in moose hunt for their get away. Tina being the great sport that she is went along with Abe’s idea of the “perfect romantic trip”.

Joe Furlong of the Vintage Archery Co. asked Abe if he would use the new TuffHead™ broadhead for the moose hunt. Abe agreed to test the new prototype broadhead, that is what friends are for! On his second honeymoon in Sept 2009 Abe shot this fine Canadian moose pictured above with the TuffHead™ proto-type broadhead. Abe got a good shot on the moose and the TuffHead™ did its’ job.

Photo by Lori PennerAfter that things did not go smoothly! The moose expired in the lake and had to be field dressed and butchered while leaning over the gunwales of a boat. There was no alternative as there was no one else to help them get the moose out of the lake. (This is understandable as this was a romantic getaway. Moose hunting was just secondary, said Abe! )

If you get a chance ask Abe about the details and exactly how this butchering operation is done. You never know it could happen to you on your honeymoon! Also, ask Tina how she enjoyed the trip.

These are the only trophy pictures available as Abe refused to get in the lake with the moose so Tina could get a picture. Abe used a 53 lb @ 28”Cari-Bow Wolverine of his own design, a TuffHead™ broadhead, and carbon arrow to kill this moose. The arrow weighed 725 grains and he reports a 25% FOC arrow set up.

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