Explained: Fletchings

John Dudley, host of Nock On TV, talks in this video about different types of fletchings available to bowhunters. This is part five of the 2016 series Nocked and Ready to Rock.

Dudley lays out the varieties of feathers and plastic vanes bowhunters can put on their arrows. At the same time, he talks about the pros and cons of each, such as the fact that feathers offer great steering capabilities, but they’re high maintenance and can be a problem in the rain. On the other side, vanes are weather resistant, but they might not steer an arrow as well as a feather.

Dudley also dives into special considerations bowhunters must weigh in choosing fletchings for arrows that might have fixed-blade broadheads or expandables.