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I know that for deer a minimum would probably be 40 pounds, good for younger kids or people with bad shoulders or back etc.
If i were to use a bow for a moose or bear i would probably have a minimum of 60, thats just a guess though.
 

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The states all set a minimum draw for a hunting bow at 40-45 lbs. I was looking for archers to tell me what they feel about it. Based on their own preferences and skills.
 

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actually Maines minimum draw weight is 35 lbs. that is enough given its a well placed shot and razor sharp fixed blade broadheads. for bear i wouldnt go less than 70 but less is probably okay. moose are not very tough animals and I have seen one dropped with a well placed shot from a 40 lb bow.
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badfisherman don't know how much moose hunting you have done but I would not suggest shooting a moose with 40# pull. They have one of the toughest hide in the woods and their ribs are very large. You probably are only going to get one lung on a big bull with 40 pounds. Don't know about you but I am not in for going after a big moose with a single lung shot. I have seen them shot with 70 pound draw at 20 yards perfect hit and the arrow just make it out the other side. 40 is way to light I would shoot a bear with it before I ever would a moose.
 

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the only moose hunt i have been witnes to was that one i mentioned. the shooter took a small cow(480lbs) with a forty lb bow. pass thru at 8 yards. would i do it? no way, thats why my bow is cranked as high as it will go. by the way that moose went less than 30 yards. shot placementshotplacementshotplacement
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It appears that the only requirement is for deer at 35# minumum.

Why is this being debated... has there been problems?

NH is 40# minimum for deer or bear and 60# for moose
 

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Agree...... but always remember that we owe it to the spirit of the hunt and the animals that we take to be humane......better to pull 65lbs . and get nothing but pass throughs..than leave a wounded critter in the woods. Too many critics out there looking for that "million dollar photo" to shame us all with........
 

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this really is a great topic, and it could be a heavily debated one, from both sides. i have shot deer with everything from a 52 lb recurve in 1973 to a 104 lb martin jaguar in 1981. i have settled on 64 lbs which i have been shooting since 1981 .ive shot 13 bear with a bow and the draw weights ranged from 64 to 94 lbs.moose i havent had that oppurtunity yet but i will shoot in the middle 60s. getting much to old for the high weights now. with todays technolgy, in my humble opinion a 65 lb bow with the right arrow and broadhead combination is more than adequate to take any of the north american spieces , given the shot is taken at ethical hunting distances for the game sought. the key here is ETHICAL DISTANCES. this will make another great debate topic. strings [as in bowstrings]
 
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