What is the Fish and Game's legal definition of a compound bow?


Idaho Fish and Game does not have a specific definition of a compound bow.  However, on page 76 of the Idaho Big Game Seasons & Rules brochure for 2012 explains what archery equipment would be unlawful to pursue or kill big game with.  I have copied and pasted this section below.


Archery Equipment

In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and shortrange

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


• 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 letoff.

• 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


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

to nock inclusive.