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Washington Archery Laws and Regulations


These rules and regulations apply to all bowhunters.

  • Bows used for big game hunting must have a minimum draw weight of 40 pounds.
  • Arrows used for big game hunting must weigh a minimum of 6 grains per pound, with a minimum arrow weight of 300 grains, including the broadhead. Broadheads must be sharp and be a minimum of 7/8″ wide. Barbed broadheads are illegal.
  • Bowhunters may not shoot at wildlife from a vehicle or from across or along a public road.
  • Bowhunters may not use any device(s) attached to the bow which allows the bow to be held at full draw.
  • Bowhunters may not have electrical devices attached to the bow or arrow.
Hunter drawing the bow
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