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    Can convicted felons bowhunt in your state?

    A buddy and I were discussing this the other day as he knows someone that "did time" and cannot be in possession of or hunt with a firearm....His only legal option is to bowhunt. I was a little surprised by this.

    Just curious about your thoughts and/or rules in your state.

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    thats the way it is here. a felon can not possess a firearm but may hunt with a bow

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    here you go

    well as long as they are not on probation or parole. i dont see why they cant bow hunt. if they where told they could'nt bow hunt i would have to ask then what is the differents in that then having steak knifes in their kitchen to use and i have never seen a person in my live time try to rob a bank or store with a bow. it would also depend on what crime you did to..

    believe me my P.O didnt know how to answer that......

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    yes they can bowhunt. are you a convicted felon?
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    Yes and some places i believe they can use a muzzleloader.
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    hey dude even if you are more power to you.. every one f#@ks up onces in their live just some people where young and stupid but it will follow you til the day you day like a kick in the butt every day you get out of bed..

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    die..... sorry duh,, lol

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    Yep the only way they can here, so you could say there are a few more criminals out running around during bow season.
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    Wouldn't laws pertaining to felons be federally mandated? In other words if you are a felon and can bowhunt in one state you could do it in all states?

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    Thats the way it is here. A felon can not possess a firearm but may hunt with a bow.

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    There is just one state I think you cannot hunt with a bow or gun... or hunt at all if you are a felon and that is Utah.

    California and Arizona both are the same, convicted felons can hunt with a bow...but no guns

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    Quote Originally Posted by BOHO View Post
    yes they can bowhunt. are you a convicted felon?
    Nope...I am clean. I even got me one of those perty CCW permits. I am glad I have it now knowing I will be bowhunting amongst ex-criminals.
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    Wisconsin is no gun, but yes bow........

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    Not positive about this but..
    I think it is in the way an individual state looks at a bow. If it is classified as a "firearm", then I think a convicted felon could petition the court to have his right to hunt with a bow re-instated.

    Surely we have some legal eagles on here to clarify...

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    If you are a felon, it does not matter what state you are in, you can not hunt with a firearm. Different states have different classifications as to what makes a firearm though. If a state decides that a bow and/or crossbow are firearms, then you can not hunt with any of them, petition or not.
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    wouldnt think that a bow or crossbow would qualify in any state as a firearm. there isnt any fire (just limbs) with the arms. we did have a homocide last year with a bow. not real stealthy in a bank robbery though.

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    Same here in PA, no firearms, but bow or X-bow is o.k. for them to use!! My personal thoughts, you messed up that bad and ended up with a felony, you don't deserve to hunt! JMHO!
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    I know a bow is not classified as a firearm, but a crossbow could be, depending how many hairs you want to split. I really dont care what they are classified as, I just want to hunt! And, seeing as I am not a felon, I can hunt any season I please!
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    I think in some states a felon is not allowed to possess a "dangerous weapon" so it would be up to the state's attorney general or that state's various county attorney's to decide what they thought would be allowed for a felon to own and/or hunt with. Just my two cents.

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    I'm fairly sure here in Missouri a felon can hunt with a bow AND a muzzleloader, unless the law was changed after this was in the news a couple of years ago. There was a big thing on one of the local channels news about it a couple of years ago trying to scare everyone saying felons could legally hunt with a gun, but then the report actually said it was only with a muzzleloader. I don't know if it stirred anything up in the capitol causing a change or not.

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    I actually did some research on this exact subject for my step brother who is a convicted felon (about 25 years ago)...Out of about 30 states researched the only one he could not hunt in was UTAH...

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    You can bow hunt in AR. unless you used a weapon in your crime, then they will restrict you from carring any weapon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benton View Post
    You can bow hunt in AR. unless you used a weapon in your crime, then they will restrict you from carring any weapon.


    Yep, you can bowhunt here, so, with that being said, I am an avid bowhunter unless I get my pardon next year. Like was said above, you can do stupid things when your young.

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