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from turkey777 on 05.15.10
No poundage limit in Iowa. I know a kid who took a doe shooting a compound at 35 lbs. Just know the laws in your state.
I would go with at least 50#. Not to say that a 40# bow wont kill a deer.
In Nebraska the least you could have last year was 40 lbs. I shoot 40 easy am waiting to move up poundage after season its to light. But all weight limits in Nebraska have been dropped.
Long, recurve and compound bows: Must have at least a 40-pound pull. Scopes may not be used. String locks and mechanical string releases may be used. Deer, turkey and bear hunters are required to use arrowheads at least 7/8-inches wide. Poison may not be used on arrows. Mechanical broadheads allowed.
Crossbow: Crossbows must have at least a 125-pound pull and a mechanical safety. Deer, turkey and bear hunters are required to use arrowheads at least 7/8-inches wide. Poison may not be used on arrows. Scopes may be used. Mechanical broadheads allowed. Crossbows are not allowed for taking elk.
I'd want at least 40. With todays bows and a qualtity broadhead, 40 lbs will work fine.
In NC it's 40 lbs for longbow and recurve and 35 lbs for compound bows. Like Bo said, make sure to check the regs so you don't unknowingly break the law.
It's 40 in Minnesota also.
In Oklahoma, no hunter may use a bow that has less than a 40 pound pull. I don't know what other states require. Check with you state's regs. That is the key. Anything else and you may find yourself operating outside of the given parameters of your state.
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