(a)  Only longbows and recurved bows having a minimum pull of 40 pounds, compound bows having a minimum pull of 35 pounds, and crossbows shall be used for taking game.

(b)  Only arrows with a fixed minimum broadhead width of seven-eighths of an inch or a mechanically opening broadhead with a width of at least seven-eighths of an inch in the open position shall be used for taking bear, deer, or wild turkey.  Blunt-type arrow heads may be used in taking small animals and birds including rabbits, squirrels, quail, grouse, and pheasants.  Poisonous, drugged, barbed, or explosive arrowheads shall not be used for taking any game.

(c)  Crossbows shall have a minimum pull rated at least 100 pounds.  Heads on bolts used with crossbows shall conform to those described for arrows in Paragraph (b) of this Rule.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-291.1(a);

Eff. September 1, 1980;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2014; August 1, 2012; July 10, 2010; May 1, 2007; August 1, 2002; July 1, 2000; July 1, 1998; July 1, 1996; August 1, 1990.