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Well my 9 year old is obsesses with hunting, took him squirrel hunting and deer hunting this year, and now he wants to go with a bow. He doesn't have the strength or size to shoot a compound like me, so i was wanting to get him a crossbow. Figure i wouldn't mind spending some money on something decent, but i need it to be extrememly light weight. I had a Barnett Buck Commander for a couple months last year and ended up selling it because it was just too heavy, and switched to a compound. Any advice on a good xbow that will last a while? I have a 3 year old daughter that i'm getting in the woods as well.
 

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I'd check with Barnett,i'm sure they have something and they've been around the longiest and customer service is great...
 

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paoutdoorsman714 said:
Any advice on a good xbow that will last a while? I have a 3 year old daughter that i'm getting in the woods as well.
If you want the longest lasting crossbow I would look at the Excaliburs. They are without a doubt the longest lasting crossbows out there. Parker crossbows come with a lifetime warranty too. Winchester is going to have a lifetime warranty as well. If you need any help just give me a call and I'll be happy to talk crossbows with you.
 

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jimneye said:
Can a 9 yr old legally archery hunt? My son is 9 and wants to bow hunt also.
Check the mentored youth regulations. I think the rules have been changed to allow it as long as you are with him.
 

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Yeah it says in the mentored youth section they can take a deer in "any of there respective seasons", and i see guys on here posting pictures of MY with deer and crossbows. So i'm guessing it's ok.
 

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A crossbow are OK, but for a vertical bow needs to be 35# or over for big game 45# for elk.

Here is what I found in title 58,


§ 141.43. Deer.
(a) Archery deer season.

(1) Permitted devices. It is lawful to hunt deer during the archery deer season with any of the following devices:

(i) A bow and arrow. <span style="color: #FF0000">A bow must have a peak draw weight of at least 35 pounds.</span> An arrow must be equipped with a broadhead that has an outside diameter or width of at least 7/8 inch with at least two cutting edges located on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and may not exceed 3 inches in length.

(ii) A crossbow and bolt. <span style="color: #FF0000">A crossbow must have a peak draw weight of at least 125 pounds.</span> A bolt must be equipped with a broadhead that has an outside diameter or width of at least 7/8 inch with at least two cutting edges located on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and may not exceed 3 inches in length. This subparagraph shall become effective July 1, 2009, and expire on June 30, 2012, unless the Commission authorizes its continued legal effectiveness prior to June 30, 2012.


§ 141.44. Bear.
(a) Archery bear season.

(1) Permitted devices. It is lawful to hunt bear during the archery bear season with any of the following devices:

(i) A bow and arrow. A bow must have a peak draw weight of at least 35 pounds. An arrow must be equipped with a broadhead that has an outside diameter or width of at least 7/8 inch with at least two cutting edges located on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and may not exceed 3 inches in length.

(ii) A crossbow and bolt. A crossbow must have a peak draw weight of at least 125 pounds. A bolt must be equipped with a broadhead that has an outside diameter or width of at least 7/8 inch with at least two cutting edges located on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and may not exceed 3 inches in length. This subparagraph shall become effective July 1, 2009, and expire on June 30, 2012, unless the Commission authorizes its continued legal effectiveness prior to June 30, 2012.

§ 141.45. Turkey.
(a) Fall turkey season.

(1) Permitted devices. It is lawful to hunt turkey during the fall turkey season with any of the following devices:

(i) A manually operated centerfire, rimfire or muzzleloading firearm using single-projectile ammunition, except as otherwise prohibited in paragraph (2)(i).

(ii) A manually operated or semiautomatic, centerfire shotgun or muzzleloading shotgun using shot ammunition no larger than #4 lead, #4 Bismuth/tin or #2 steel.

(iii) A bow and arrow. A bow must have a peak draw weight of at least 35 pounds. An arrow must be equipped with a broadhead that has an outside diameter or width of at least 7/8 inch with at least two cutting edges located on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and may not exceed 3 inches in length.

(iv) A crossbow and bolt. A crossbow must have a peak draw weight of at least 125 pounds. A bolt must be equipped with a broadhead that has an outside diameter or width of at least 7/8 inch with at least two cutting edges located on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and may not exceed 3 inches in length.


b) Spring turkey season.
(1) Permitted devices. It is lawful to hunt turkey during the spring turkey season with any of the following devices:

(i) A manually operated or semiautomatic, centerfire shotgun or muzzleloading shotgun using shot ammunition no larger than #4 lead, #4 Bismuth/tin or #2 steel.

(ii) A bow and arrow as permitted under subsection (a)(1)(iii).

(iii) A crossbow and bolt as permitted under subsection (a)(1)(iv).

§ 141.47. Elk.
(a) Permitted devices. It is lawful to hunt elk during the elk season with any of the following devices: (1) A manually operated, centerfire rifle or handgun. The firearm must be a .27 caliber or larger firearm that propels single-projectile ammunition 130 grains or larger.

(2) A manually operated, centerfire shotgun. The firearm must be a 12 gauge or larger firearm.

(3) A muzzleloading firearm. The firearm must be .50 caliber or larger firearm that propels single-projectile ammunition 210 grains or larger.

(4) A bow and arrow. A bow must have a peak draw weight of at least 45 pounds. An arrow must be equipped with a broadhead that has an outside diameter or width of at least 1 inch with at least two cutting edges located on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and may not exceed 3 inches in length.

(5) A crossbow and bolt. A crossbow must have a peak draw weight of at least 125 pounds. A bolt must be equipped with a broadhead that has an outside diameter or width of at least 1 inch with at least two cutting edges located on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface, and may not exceed 3 inches in length.


§ 141.22. Small game.
(a) Permitted devices. It is lawful to hunt small game, except woodchucks with the following devices:

(1) A manually operated rifle or handgun. The firearm must be .23 caliber or less, that projects single-projectile ammunition.

(2) A manually operated or semiautomatic centerfire shotgun or muzzleloading shotgun. The firearm must be 10 gauge or less, that projects multiple-projectile shotgun ammunition not larger than #4 lead, #2 steel, or #4 of any other composition or alloy of nontoxic shot approved by the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service or an authorized representative under 50 CFR 20.134 (relating to nontoxic shot).

(3) A muzzleloading rifle or handgun. The firearm must be .40 caliber or less, that projects single-projectile ammunition.

(4) A bow and arrow.

(5) A crossbow and bolt.

(6) A raptor. The raptor must be lawfully possessed under a falconry permit pursuant to section 2925 of the act (relating to falconry permits).

There is no minimum draw weight for small game
 

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jimneye said:
Can a 9 yr old legally archery hunt? My son is 9 and wants to bow hunt also.
Yes he can. Make sure to read all the rules and regs of the Mentored youth program.
 

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i'm thinking either the axiom or vixen from excalibur, anyone have either? I know i have a couple buddies that use the bigger bows, equinox and exomax and they love them.
 

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Axiom is one of my favorites. Very light and easy to handle. Vixen has a shorter stock than the other Excalibur models for smaller framed youth and female archers.
 
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