What are legal sights for bows?
by Kenneth W.
December 2, 2010, QUESTION: Under the "Hunting with bow regulations". Could you define what sights are? When I first started bow hunting, I used a match stick as a sight pin on my bow. Are ajustable non-lighted sight pins legal? Thank you. Kenneth W.
ANSWER: Kenneth, I tried the match stick, too, when I first started bow hunting, but couldn't keep it on the bow. So I just practiced on things like rats and rabbits until I was good enough to hit a flying quail. So I guess you could say that I became an instinctive shooter. Later when I graduated to my first compound bow, I was amazed at how accurate I could be at ranges beyond 50 yards using modern sight pins.
In answer to your question, sights on a bow would be a device
attached to the bow that aids the archer in aiming. Therefore, it
is still legal to use a match stick as a sight pin on your bow.
Any of the new non-magnified or battery powered sights, such as fiber optic pins or pendulum sights, would be legal.
Not legal would be hunting with a bow equipped with sights or aiming devices with electronic computational capabilities or light projection (laser) features during archery season.
Hope this answers your questions.
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