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Tradcat
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I know that kinetic energy, arrow placement and sharp broadheads are necessary BUT what is your opinion on the minimum draw weight to ethically hunt anything in North America ? Please advise..
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elkken
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In Washington state the minimum is 40#'s I believe. We have moose and elk to hunt in our state and 40#'s is a tad on the light side ...

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mtsouthpaw
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Montana has no minimum draw weight. This has worked very well for us in terms of keeping crossbows out of the archery season. No one can make the argument that they can't draw X number of pounds - it's simply up to them to ensure they have an effective setup which will ethically kill the animal.
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ChuckC
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A large ( in my eyes) problem with those rules is that they make a large assumption. They equate draw weight to the effectiveness of a projectile in causing a lethal wound. There is a whole lot involved and the parameters change.

Weight is always used to equate adequacy, although some 40# bows might be as fast as a 60# bow. Certainly arrow weight, correct spine, broadhead efficiency and sharpness all play a part as well.

The big problem is coming up with a fair and equitable ( and, most of all, knowledgeable) description of necessary adequacy.

That will take a bit to overcome.
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Bowguy67
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In NJ where I teach hunter ed it is 35 lbs. while that will shoot through a deer production bows are 35 at 28". Most aren't pulling this
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LittleBen
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So few people are hunting with trad bows that I don't think it even makes sense to write the Regs with traditional bows in mind. Us trad shooters are the minority, and typicallly not the instant satisfaction types. Most of us choose a setup very carefully.

In NY it's a 35# minimum and that seems reasonable, although I'm sure a 25# children's compound probably shoots a heavy arrow as fast or faster than my 40# selfbow .... so what's it all really mean anyway.

I would rather thatbthey just publish guidelines or recommendations, and not regulations on draw weight.

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Bowwild
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There should be no regulated minimum. Hunters will self-regulate as they strive to succeed.

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Here in Kansas when i was growing up the minimum was 50# for deer. Dont remember if elk was legal back then or not. Turkey sure wasn't. Bought a set of training wheels in 83 to make the weight. My 35# recurve wouldnt have cut the mustard. Never did make it into the woods with that bow. Now it's the bow must cast an arrow so far. All a bunch of malarkey as far as I'm concerned. Should there be a minimum? Yes, to make sure your bow has the intestinal fortitude to kill the animal you are hunting. What should it be i dont know. Maybe a minimum at your draw length and being able to put 10 arrows in a pie plate with your hunting rig at 20 yards.... not just something like the bow says 40# at 28 so im legal....

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ChuckC
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No shooting competency test for me thank you. If so, why not make it 50 yards ? I kill deer at less than ten yards, why should i test at twenty. See the issue ? If i can't pass the test at twenty should I not be allowed to hunt, even though i never shoot that far ?
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