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North Carolina Crossbow Regulations Legalized

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North Carolina has made it effective to legalize crossbows for hunting, starting August 1,2011 to July 31, 2012. This is really great news for people that like to go hunting with there crossbows. It is another wonderful location were people can go and have great hunting experience.  North Carolina offers great hunting opportunity programs for the disabled in which also consist of crossbow hunting.

“Crossbows are legal hunting weapons for licensed hunters anytime bow-and-arrow hunting is allowed. Crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 150 pounds. Bolts must use broad heads. ”

Some of the Most frequent asked Questions:

Who can hunt with a crossbow?

Any properly licensed hunter or licensed-exempt hunter, regardless of disability.

When can a properly licensed hunter use a crossbow?

Anytime bow and arrow is a legal method of take. For deer, that is any open deer season (i.e., archery, muzzle loader and gun). A crossbow can also be used to take nay other game bird, game animal or non game animal for which there is a season.

Are there any restrictions on the type of crossbow I can use?

Crossbows must have a minimum draw weight of 15o pounds. Only bolts with fixed minimum broad head width of 7/8 inch or a mechanically opening broad head with a minimum width 7/8 inch in the open position maybe used for taking bear, deer, wild boar or wild turkey. Blunt-type bolts may be used in taking smalls animals and birds, including, but not limited to, rabbits, squirrels, quail, grouse and pheasants. Poisonous, drugged, barbed or explosive bolts may not be used for taking any game.


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