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Old 04-21-2014, 10:18 PM
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Minimum draw weight for deer?

Hey guys I was just curious what you guys think the minimum draw weight for deer and elk should be.
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:03 PM
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Re: Minimum draw weight for deer?

Deer I would go no less than 40 and use good broad heads and shot placement. Elk I would go no less than 55. I consider those the bottom line numbers and prefer deer up over 55 and 70 for elk. But one deer was successfully taken with my wife's first bow on 38 pounds.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:00 AM
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Re: Minimum draw weight for deer?

50lb and great shot placement for elk, 40# for deer. This is another one of those endless debates but a broad head through the lungs and it's lights out.
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Old 04-26-2014, 07:12 PM
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Re: Minimum draw weight for deer?

Really depends on bow. Some shoot faster for with less weight. With that said my father shoots a Mathews q2 Older bow. He pulls 52lbs because of his shoulders, he has killed everything in North America and most things in Africa. I would say as long as you can shoot well I would feel comfortable down to 40. I say this cause I've killed many large Michigan whitetail growing up with that. I would recommend a good cut on contact Broadhead such as montech. Those seem to cut very easy compared to a muzzy which I shoot for the bone smashing tip. Lol. hope this helps
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Old 04-27-2014, 02:04 PM
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Re: Minimum draw weight for deer?

I agree with what snox is saying. With good shot placement, you should be ok down to 40, at least for deer. For elk, I'd say more like 50-55 minimum.

I think shot placement and a good broadhead are the keys.
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