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Big Dave2

Red dot scope on a bow

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I didn't know there was such a thing until I was snooping around on HSOList one day. Are these scopes legal for hunting on a bow? I assume they aren't but thought I would ask anyway.

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They are indeed legal. I checked into this last year and basically, it's alright to have electronics on your bow, the only thing is you cannot have a light or laser or anything shining out onto the target. That said, the pro shop manager at Scheels told me they are a heavy addition to the bow and not much more effective than sight pins. But I've talked to other guys who swear by them. All a matter of preference I'd bet.

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The one that I read the description for said that the benefits were that you didn't need peep sights that are hard to see in the waning daylight and the fact that your anchor point would always be the same otherwise the dot will not be in the center.

What about if the scope magnifies? Would it still be legal then?

slimngrizley, I'm not sure what kind of a mount it used, but the one that I saw came with a mount that said it would work on any bow.

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The pro shop manager told me it was the mount that weighed things down so if it has a light overall set-up I say try it. The one piece of advice I've heard from the very few guys that have them is don't go cheap as you'll have problems with function - both the electronics working and the mechanics, mounting coming loose, etc.

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They're legal in Wisconsin too. A friend at work has one and loves it but like some others have said, I didn't like the weight of it. If it's the mount that has all the weight, you'd think they could come up with something better.

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Here is the reply I got from an e-mail I sent to the DNR:

Hello,

Yes, it would be legal to use that scope. It can not be a scope that puts a dot on the animal itself( laser light that is projected onto the deer).

jim

James Abernathy

DNR Information Consultant

500 Lafayette Rd Box 40

St Paul Mn 55155

651-296-6157

1-888-646-6367

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