Expandable broadheads are no more advanced than any other broadhead and no less effective this day and age. The whole point of advancing the technology of hunting equipment is to make it more effective so that fewer animals are wounded and not recovered. Expandable broadheads, especially the rear blade deployment ones such as the Rage fit that mold so when will they be allowed?
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission periodically reviews equipment rules to ensure they are still reasonable, easy to abide by, necessary to meet species management objectives, and consistent with current technology. From 2006 to 2009, the Commission conducted a thorough review of archery equipment rules; ultimately making some adjustments to the rules to address concerns expressed by a broad spectrum of hunters, and to respond to changes in technology that had occurred during the previous decade.
It has been nearly 5 years since the last thorough review of equipment restrictions. During these 5 years, there have been updates to species management objectives, including newly adopted changes to elk management. These updated species management objectives, and continued advances in archery technology provide the catalyst to again review equipment restriction rules. However, because hunter acceptance and compliance with potential rule changes is critical, the Department of Fish and Game is monitoring and compiling requests from sportsmen to provide a report to the Commission in July 2014 on how broad is the interest in reviewing the current rules, and specifically which rules should be reviewed.