How heavy should my arrows be for deer?


A lot of bow hunters don’t know how weight affects their arrows and how this impacts arrow speed, kinetic energy, and penetration.  How heavy should my arrows be when I am bow hunting deer?

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The weight needed to ethically harvest a deer when bow hunting is a hotly debated topic.  That being said, there are some basic rules of thumb to go by that will help you have the optimal arrow for your particular bow.

The minimum recommended arrow weight is approximately 350 grains.  This includes everything.  The arrow shaft, nock, fletchings, inserts, broadheads, and anything else that has been added to the arrow.  350 grains is still a fairly light arrow for deer, but 350-400 grains is a fairly common weight range for deer hunting.  Light arrows fly faster than heavier arrows but can lack the kinetic energy and penetration capabilities of a heavier setup.

Heavier setups in the 500-600 grain range are very popular due to their impressive momentum and penetration capability, especially when coupled with the right broadhead.  Learn more about calculating arrow weight here.

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