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    Colorado Bow Hunting Legal Hunting Methods

    I've lived and hunted in Colorado for all of my life, but only in the last 8 years have I hunted solely with a bow. I thought I would share the bowhunting regulations from the most recent (2014) Big Game Brochure with all our potential bow hunting companions heading to Colorado for the first time.

    NOTE: (F) Below- This is a particular point with me as I've watched countless videos on U-TUBE etc. where hunters are in Colorado with a GO-PRO or equivalent mounted to their bow...Per this statement and at the validation of my neighbor a CPW Ranger, mounting anything to your bow electronic or battery powered is a violation.

    4. HAND-HELD BOWS A long bow, recurve bow or compound
    bow on which the string is not drawn mechanically or held mechanically
    under tension. String or mechanical releases are legal if they are handdrawn
    or hand-held with no other attachments or connections to bow
    (except bowstring).
    a. Hand-held bows, including compound bows, must use arrows with a
    broadhead having a minimum 7/8-inch outside diameter or width and
    minimum of two steel cutting edges. Each cutting edge must be in same
    plane for entire length of cutting surface.
    b. Only legal, hand-held bows allowed during archery seasons.
    c. Minimum draw weight of 35 pounds required. Let-off maximum of 80
    percent.
    d. No part of bow’s riser (handle) or track, trough, channel, arrow rest or
    other device (excluding cables and bowstring) that attaches to riser can
    contact, support and/or guide the arrow from a point rearward of the
    bow’s brace height behind the undrawn string.
    e. Bows can propel only a single arrow at a time. No mechanisms for automatically
    loading arrows allowed.
    f. Scopes, electronic or battery-powered devices cannot be incorporated into
    or attached to bow or arrow. No lighted nocks.

    g. Hydraulic or pneumatic technology cannot be used to derive or store
    energy to propel arrows. Explosive arrows prohibited.

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    I can't see how mounting a camera gives any advantage to the hunter. Is it just me or is that a dumb rule? I understand not allowing the digital rangefinders.

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    I follow their guidelines, but I don't see how that is an advantage to the hunter either. I also am a fan of lighted nocks, I think they can help in recovery at times, but I make sure and take them out and retune before I come to CO. I would guess for the cameras, it is one of those rules that they made intentionally broad to cover new technology without having to specifically name each new thing.

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    Thanks for alerting everyone to that rule.

    Although there is nothing gained it could turn a great hunt into a real pain in the a$$.
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    Cant say im shocked. Im surprised the govt in Colorado will still allow its people to hunt! The joint behind the ear is fine but don't u go a stickin them lighted nocks on ur arrows!

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    One of the things they are specifically trying to eliminate is sight lights. This prevents people from hunting too early and too late.

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    Heading to CO for first time elk hunt in Sept. I caught this info on their site as well. Was going to
    Contact Wildlife to ask about the sight as i do have a trophy ridge with ability to utilize a battery. The sight
    Works without the battery as well so is it considered unlawful if there is no battery? Its not like a laser
    Or holographic that requires a battery to operate. Believe me, i'll spend the money
    On another sight before risking a confiscation and or fines!

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    Why wouldn't they allow lighted nocks?? This is just stupid... To me these nocks do nothing but help the hunter know shot placement and aid in recovery of the arrow. Knowing shot placement should result in more ethical practices by bowhunters...ie knowing when to take up the blood trail. This is just some crap rule the Anti-hunting community was probably able to get through. If I was a hunter in Colorado I would fight this one any way I could...

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    For the lighted sights -- I spoke with a game warden in CO and he is going to call me back and let me know if taking the battery out works - you can do like I do and just unscrew the light from the sight and leave it at home. You will be surprised at how bright the sites are just do to the fiber optics.

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    So you can have a rangefinder in your pocket but not attached to your bow. Makes no logical sense.

    Dont understand why you can't have a go pro attached to your bow but you can have it attached to your hat. Makes no logical sense.

    No lighted knocks? Makes no logical sense.

    some states simply have outdated laws IMO.

 

 

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