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Old 06-10-2013, 18:28   #1
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Bows and hunting?

Hi All,

Promise I am not trying to start a undercover guns thread... please avoid replies about guns.

I have seen some reference to bows (bow and arrows) in various areas under controlled items. Does anyone have any first hand experience with carrying a bow on their boat?

Related, has any one hunted or received a hunting type license for any of the related countries?

I realize there are a huge variety of laws, I am just looking for general experiences...

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Old 06-10-2013, 19:07   #2
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Re: Bows and hunting?

Andy, I don't know about conventional bows, but cross bows are definitely no-nos in both Oz and NZed. No other specific info.

To put it into some perspective, in Australia, even a wrist-braced slingshot is illegal! Fancy that... sure would have put a crimp in my distant boyhood!

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Re: Bows and hunting?

Jim is correct about Australia and crossbows. Other countries are a mixed bag.

The wiki shows that crossbows vary as much as guns from one locale to another, in terms of legality.

"http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laws_on_crossbows"
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Re: Bows and hunting?

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Andy, I don't know about conventional bows, but cross bows are definitely no-nos in both Oz and NZed. No other specific info.

To put it into some perspective, in Australia, even a wrist-braced slingshot is illegal! Fancy that... sure would have put a crimp in my distant boyhood!

Cheers,

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Hi Jim,

Thanks much... I lived in Oz for about 6 years and understand your comments.

I was mostly thinking of the Caribbean & Central/South America areas.
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Re: Bows and hunting?

All boats have a bow. And a stern.

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All boats have a bow. And a stern.

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And on a cat you have a compound bow.
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Re: Bows and hunting?

And back to the original question. I looked into bows briefly and definitely cross bows were regulated every place I checked the same as a gun.

Standard long bow was restricted about the same in most places but also a bit ambiguous in some. A compound bow would probably look to most officers like a cross bow and I'm guessing they would treat it as such.
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Thanks Mark... Helpful in the extr... oh wait... I see what you did there
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Re: Bows and hunting?

When clearing in to countries in the eastern Caribbean, you'll be asked on the customs forms if you have firearms and/or ammunition. They don't ask if you have a bow and arrows. However, on most (perhaps all) of the islands, a bow and arrow is considered to be a weapon. If you carried it ashore for hunting or any other reason and were discovered, you'd be in big trouble.

They're very touchy about weapons in the islands. On Nevis, based on the experience of several friends when I lived there, to legally possess any type of "weapon", including the lowly BB gun, required an import permit and a license to own. Getting the necessary approvals was not easy, very time consuming (months), and quite expensive. Even carrying a pocket knife is technically illegal. I've read reports in the local newspapers of locals being arrested for having a small pen knife.
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Re: Bows and hunting?

I agree with HUD3... Bow and Arrows are weapons and mostly likely would get you into trouble.

The other problem you will run into is that hunting in most foreign countries is either illegal for foreigners or the license is incredibly expensive.
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Re: Bows and hunting?

Surely there's an exception for bowfishing. . . . How else can one acquire his daily allotment of Alligator Gar?
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