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Is a crossbow legal to use during archery season?

Answer

In general it is NOT legal to use a crossbow during the archery only season, however it is legal to use one during the any weapon season..  An individual with a disabled archery permit is allowed to use  a crossbow during the archery only season.

Here is the information from the Big Game regulations:

Archery Equipment

In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short range

hunts, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:

• With arrows or bolts having broadheads measuring less

than 7/8 inch in width and having a primary cutting edge

less than 0.015 inch thick.

• With any bow having a peak draw weight of less than 40

pounds up to or at a draw of 28 inches.

• With an arrow or bolt wherein the broadhead does not

precede shaft and nock.

• With any chemicals or explosives attached to the arrow

or bolt.

• With arrows or bolts having expanding broadheads.

• With arrows or bolts having barbed broadheads, which

is a broadhead with any portion of which forms an angle

less than 90 degrees with the shaft or ferrule.

• With any electronic or tritium-powered device attached

to an arrow, bolt or bow.

 

Except disabled archery

permit holders may use a nonmagnifying sight with

battery powered or tritium lighted reticles.

• With any bow capable of shooting more than one arrow

at a time.

• With any compound bow set at more than 85 percent let

 

off.

• With an arrow or bolt, and broadhead with a combined

total weight of less than 300 grains.

• With an arrow less than 24 inches from broadhead to

nock inclusive.

• With a bolt (crossbow) less than 12 inches from

broadhead to nock inclusive.

Archery-Only Season

Any person hunting in an archery-only season, including

controlled hunts, must have in their possession their

license with archery permit validation. During an archery

 

only

season, it is illegal for hunters to use any firearm

or implement other than a longbow, compound bow or

recurve bow in compliance with general archery equipment

requirements, or:

• Any bow equipped with magnifying sights.

• Any device that holds a bow at partial or full draw.

Except

 

 

hunters possessing a disabled archery permit

may use a device that holds a bow at partial or full draw.

(Applications for the use of devices holding a bow at

partial or full draw by disabled hunters are available at

Fish and Game offices.)

• Any crossbow.

 

Except disabled hunters possessing a

permit may use a crossbow. (Applications for the use of

crossbows by disabled hunters are available at Fish and

Game offices.)