I want to go on a hunt in Australia. I'm normally quite close to the minimum poundage limit (around 52 pound). This makes me ask if there is a minimum poundage in Australia and - of course - if yes, what the minimum is?

  • Please explain what minimum poundage is -- something to do with the pull on bow? But what? And, if you could, why it matters, legally. Just curious.
    – ab2
    Nov 26, 2015 at 21:31
  • @ab2 your comment could be a question on its own! :-)
    – ppl
    Nov 26, 2015 at 22:23
  • I now know what poundage is from outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/9984/…. Is there a minimum poundage to avoid merely wounding an animal?
    – ab2
    Nov 26, 2015 at 22:54
  • @ab2 There's is often a minimum requirement (in the EU normally 55#) for your bow. It's how much you have to pull the string to get it to 28" (from bow to hand). Compare it to a vehicle's "horse power". I'll make a Q&A entry for this topic.
    – OddDeer
    Nov 27, 2015 at 6:53
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    @OddDeer Also not many people remember that # is called a pound sign, especially in the UK were a £ is a pound sign, a lot of people just know it as a hash tag now a days!
    – Aravona
    Nov 27, 2015 at 9:04

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According to the "Australian Bowhunters Association" there is no minimum requirement.

Q: What the minimum bow poundage required to hunt in Australia?


The ABA has no minimum recommendation on poundage for hunting. There are State regulations that require minimum standards of poundage and arrow weight. In Victoria these are specifically for deer. 50 and 45 pound depending on the species.

The ABA recommends that you hunt at distances which will enable the hunter to have, as far as practicable, quick clean kills.

This obviously has to have some regard to the maximum poundage you can shoot effectively.

From ABA - Bowhunting FAQ

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