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What is the minimum draw weight that can be used on a bow to kill a deer? I have a bad shoulder but i would like to be able to bow hunt still.

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from T wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

In most states, including mine the limit is 40 pounds but I believe in Louisiana the limit is 30 pounds. Check with a conservationist for your state or look up your conservation site.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Most states have minimum legal draw weights. I believe Kansas is 45 lbs. A well places shot is required with a lighter draw weight won't penetrate bone. Check your states regulations or check with the local game warden. You also might check into a cross bow, a little different but still allowed during archery season if you can prove your injury.

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from Ruff Grouse and... wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

In depend on what state you live in. In Minnesota it use to be 40 pounds. But the changed it to 30 pounds.

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from TheEasternShore... wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

In maryland it is 30-35 pounds I think

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from Manbearpig wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

IF your shoulder is bad enough you could get a note from your doctor and be able to get a crossbow. But my dad draws about 40lbs and that is more than enough to blow threw a deer with a well placed shot.

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from kvlazer22 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

In New York State the bow must exceed 35 pounds.

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from DeerHauler wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

in my state of Illinois it is 40 lbs. my lil bro is trin to get strong enough to pull back 40 lbs.

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from Smitty77 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Just go to youre states DNR website and look at the minimum poundage for hunting deer.

You could also get a slip from the doc giving you permission for a crossbow permit.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I would not go less than 40 lb. Get a compound with 80% let off and try that. If it's too much suggest you go to a crossbow. Some states allow xbows for disabled folks if you get documentation from an MD. Kansas is one for example

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from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I'd say about 30 lbs.

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from kjflorian wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I agree with 40 lbs. Plus you might want to check your state regs. on crossbows.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

It varies from state to state it is 40 pounds in AR, you need to cousult you local game and fish regs and they will tell you. If I had a bad shoulder I would definitly look at crossbows, they are nearly as fast these days and almost as leagally excepted.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I think in most states it is 40, but you will have to check to be sure.

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from maj1996 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

40 Lb is the litest i would use.

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from poco1994 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

In most states, including mine the limit is 40 pounds but I believe in Louisiana the limit is 30 pounds. Check with a conservationist for your state or look up your conservation site.

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I shot my first deer with a 35 lb recurve and Bear Razorheads and it worked terrific.

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from jcmesq wrote 8 weeks 2 days ago

It depends on the type of bow!

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from T wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

In most states, including mine the limit is 40 pounds but I believe in Louisiana the limit is 30 pounds. Check with a conservationist for your state or look up your conservation site.

-E-mail tomodaking@hotmail.com to talk-

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from kjflorian wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

I agree with 40 lbs. Plus you might want to check your state regs. on crossbows.

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Most states have minimum legal draw weights. I believe Kansas is 45 lbs. A well places shot is required with a lighter draw weight won't penetrate bone. Check your states regulations or check with the local game warden. You also might check into a cross bow, a little different but still allowed during archery season if you can prove your injury.

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from Ruff Grouse and... wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

In depend on what state you live in. In Minnesota it use to be 40 pounds. But the changed it to 30 pounds.

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from TheEasternShore... wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

In maryland it is 30-35 pounds I think

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from Manbearpig wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

IF your shoulder is bad enough you could get a note from your doctor and be able to get a crossbow. But my dad draws about 40lbs and that is more than enough to blow threw a deer with a well placed shot.

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from kvlazer22 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

In New York State the bow must exceed 35 pounds.

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from DeerHauler wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

in my state of Illinois it is 40 lbs. my lil bro is trin to get strong enough to pull back 40 lbs.

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from Smitty77 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Just go to youre states DNR website and look at the minimum poundage for hunting deer.

You could also get a slip from the doc giving you permission for a crossbow permit.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I would not go less than 40 lb. Get a compound with 80% let off and try that. If it's too much suggest you go to a crossbow. Some states allow xbows for disabled folks if you get documentation from an MD. Kansas is one for example

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

It varies from state to state it is 40 pounds in AR, you need to cousult you local game and fish regs and they will tell you. If I had a bad shoulder I would definitly look at crossbows, they are nearly as fast these days and almost as leagally excepted.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I think in most states it is 40, but you will have to check to be sure.

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from maj1996 wrote 4 years 38 weeks ago

40 Lb is the litest i would use.

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from mdhager115 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I'd say about 30 lbs.

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from poco1994 wrote 4 years 26 weeks ago

In most states, including mine the limit is 40 pounds but I believe in Louisiana the limit is 30 pounds. Check with a conservationist for your state or look up your conservation site.

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from jcmesq wrote 8 weeks 2 days ago

It depends on the type of bow!

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from libertyfirst wrote 3 years 43 weeks ago

I shot my first deer with a 35 lb recurve and Bear Razorheads and it worked terrific.

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