Broadhead Hunting Regulations by State

The laws on archery equipment vary from state to state. We analyzed the regulation books to compile the broadhead laws and regulations for every state in the Union. We hope you find this reference guide helpful in determining what is allowed and what is not  when it comes to tipping your arrows.

Take a look at Wasp's fixed-blade and mechanical broadheads to find one that meets your state regulations.

Alabama Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Alabama? Yes

All broadheads must have a minimum of two sharpened edges and a minimum weight of 100 grains. The minimum cutting diameter for any broadhead shall be 7/8-inch. The minimum thickness for a fixed-blade broadhead shall be .015 inch and the minimum thickness for mechanical broadheads shall be .025 inch.     

Alaska Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Alaska? Yes

A mechanical broadhead can only be used when taking black-tailed deer, wolf, wolverine, black bear, Dall sheep and caribou. Only a fixed or replaceable blade type broadhead is legal for the taking of mountain goat, moose, elk, brown/grizzly bear, musk ox and bison. Barbed broadheads are not legal.

“Broadhead" means an arrowhead with two or more sharp cutting edges having a minimum cutting diameter of not less than seven-eighths inch (7/8"). “Mechanical or retractable broadhead" means a broadhead with cutting edges that are retracted during flight and open upon impact to a minimum cutting diameter of not less than seven-eighths inch (7/8") and does not lock open after impact to create fixed barbs. “Barbed" refers to an arrowhead with any fixed portion of the rear edge of the arrowhead forming an angle less than 90 degrees with the shaft when measured from the nock end of the arrow.

Arizona Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Arizona? Yes

All broadheads used must be no less than 7/8 inch in width with metal cutting edges.       

Arkansas Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Arkansas? Yes

Deer, turkey and bear hunters must use arrowheads at least 7/8-inches wide.    

California Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in California? Yes

For the taking of big game and turkey, hunting arrows and crossbow bolts with a broad head type blade which will not pass through a hole seven-eighths inch in diameter shall be used. Mechanical/retractable broad heads shall be measured in the open position.

Colorado Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Colorado? Yes

Handheld bows, including compound bows, using arrows equipped with a broadhead with an outside diameter or width of at least 7/8 of an inch with no less than two steel cutting edges. Each cutting edge must be in the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface.        

Connecticut Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Connecticut? Yes

An arrowhead must have at least two blades and must be at least 7/8 inch wide at its widest point. Arrowheads that are designed to open on impact are legal provided they meet the above requirement.      

Delaware Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Delaware? Yes

Hunters may take deer and turkey using sharpened broadhead arrows (min. width 7/8”).        

Florida Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Florida? Yes

Arrows used to take deer, turkeys or hogs must be equipped with broadheads having at least two sharpened edges with minimum widths of 7/8 inch.        

Georgia Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Georgia? Yes

Crossbows, longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows are allowed for hunting any game or feral hog. Arrows for hunting deer, bear or feral hog must be broadhead type.        

Hawaii Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Hawaii? Yes

No person shall possess any arrows equipped with explosive heads or heads containing drugs or poison. Only arrows having a minimum blade cutting diameter width of 3/4 inch are permitted.      

Idaho Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Idaho? No

In any hunt, including general any-weapon seasons and short range hunts, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:

With arrows or bolts having broadheads measuring less than 7/8 inch in width and having a primary cutting edge less than 0.015 inch thick. With an arrow or bolt wherein the broadhead does not precede shaft and nock. With any chemicals or explosives attached to the arrow or bolt. With arrows or bolts having barbed broadheads, which is a broadhead with any portion of which forms an angle less than 90 degrees with the shaft or ferrule. With any electronic or tritium-powered device attached to an arrow, bolt or bow. Except disabled archery permit holders may use a non-magnifying sight with battery powered or tritium lighted reticles. With an arrow or bolt, and broadhead with a combined total weight of less than 300 grains.

Illinois Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Illinois? Yes

Broadheads may have fixed or expandable cutting surfaces, but they must have a minimum 7/8 inch diameter when fully opened. Broadheads with fixed cutting surfaces must be metal or flint-chert-or obsidian-knapped; broadheads with expandable cutting surfaces must be metal.          

Indiana Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Indiana? Yes

Arrows must be tipped with broadheads that are metal, metal-edged, or napped flint, chert or obsidian. Poisoned or exploding arrows are illegal.      

Iowa Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Iowa? Yes

Longbows, recurve bows, and compound bows shooting broadhead arrows are permitted. No explosive or chemical devices may be attached to the arrow or broadhead. There are no minimum draw weights for bows or minimum diameter for broadheads. Arrows must be at least 18 inches long. Draw locks on compound bows are legal.

Kansas Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Kansas? Yes

Each arrow used for hunting shall be equipped with a broadhead point incapable of passing through a ring with a diameter of three-quarters of an inch when fully expanded. A big game hunter using archery equipment may possess non-broadhead-tipped arrows while hunting if the arrows are not used to take or attempt to take big game animals.      

Kentucky Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Kentucky? Yes

Fixed blade or mechanical broadheads at least 7/8” wide (when blades extended), but broadheads may NOT be chemically-treated.        

Louisiana Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Louisiana? Yes

Longbow, compound bow and crossbow or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means will be a legal means of take for all properly licensed hunters. Bow and arrow fishermen must have a sport fishing license and not carry any arrows with broadhead points unless a big game season is in progress.        

Maine Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Maine? Yes

Deer and bear may be taken under the archery provisions only by means of hand-held bow with a minimum draw weight of 35 pounds (for moose a minimum draw weight of 45 pounds is required), and broadhead arrow. Arrowheads (including expandable mechanical broadheads) must be at least 7/8 inch in width. It is unlawful to use a set bow, or to use arrows with poisonous or explosive tips. Hunters 70 years of age or older may hunt any wild bird or wild animal with a crossbow during any open season on that wild bird or wild animal.

Maryland Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Maryland? Yes

Arrows used for deer or bear hunting must have a sharpened broadhead with a metal cutting surface having a minimum width of 7⁄8 of an inch.

Massachusetts Broadhead Hunting Regulations  

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Massachusetts? Yes

Poisoned arrows, or explosive tips, or bows drawn by mechanical means, are prohibited except for crossbows as permitted. Mechanical releases are permitted. Arrows used on deer, bear or turkey must have well-sharpened steel broadhead blades not less than ⅞ inches in width. Expanding broadheads are legal. Recurve or long bows for deer, bear or turkey hunting must have at least 40 lbs. pull at 28 inches or at peak draw weight for compound bows. No arrows may be released within 150 feet of, or across, any state or hard-surfaced highway, and hunting is prohibited within 500 feet of any dwelling or building in use, unless authorized by owner or occupant thereof.

Michigan Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Michigan? Yes

When hunting deer, bear, elk, and turkey, crossbow hunters must use only arrows, bolts, and quarrels at least 14 inches in length and tipped with a broadhead point at least 7/8 inches wide.

Minnesota Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Minnesota? Yes

Arrowheads used for taking big game must have a minimum of two metal cutting edges, be of barbless broadhead design, with a diameter of at least ⅞ inch. “Expandable” broadheads may be used to take big game if they meet the requirements above and: 1) are at least ⅞ inch in width and no more than 2 inches in width at or after impact; and 2) are of a barbless design and function in a barbless manner

Mississippi Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Mississippi? Yes

Longbows, recurves, compound bows, and crossbows. There is no minimum or maximum draw weight. There is no minimum arrow length. Fixed or mechanical broadheads may be used.

Missouri Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Missouri? Yes

Methods allowed: Longbows, compound bows or recurve bows of any draw weight; no restrictions on broadheads.

Montana Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Montana? Yes

Arrows must have broadheads with at least two cutting edges. The broadhead must be at least 7/8 inches at the widest point, and weigh no less than 70 grains.

Nebraska Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Nebraska? Yes

Arrows and spears must have sharpened hunting head with a blade of at least 7/16-inch radius from the center of the arrow shaft. Arrows and spears containing poison or stupefying chemical or having an explosive tip are prohibited.

Nevada Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Nevada? Yes

Arrows used in hunting big game mammals must be at least 24 inches long and have: (a) Fixed broadheads that are at least 7/8-inch wide at the widest point; or (b) Expandable, mechanical broadheads that are at least 7/8-inch wide at the widest point when the broadhead is in the open position.

New Hampshire Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in New Hampshire? Yes

Archers must have their name and address on arrows. Fixed blade broadheads cannot be less than ⅞ inches wide and not more than 1½ inches wide. Retractable blade broadheads are permitted (must be not less than ⅞ of an inch wide when open). Minimum draw weight for deer is 40 lbs.

New Jersey Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in New Jersey? Yes

Arrows must be fitted with a well-sharpened metal broadhead with a minimum width of 3/4 inch.

New Mexico Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in New Mexico? Yes

Bows includes compound, recurve and longbows. Sights on bows may not magnify targets or project light. Arrows must have broadheads (fixed or mechanical) with steel cutting edges. No drugs may be used on arrows. Arrows cannot be driven by explosives.

New York Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in New York? Yes

It is unlawful to hunt big game with arrows with barbed broadheads; arrowheads less than 7/8 inches at the widest point or with less than 2 sharp cutting edges.

North Carolina Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in North Carolina? Yes

Only arrows with a fixed minimum broadhead width of 7/8 inch or a mechanically opening broadhead with a minimum width of 7/8 inch in the open position may be used for taking bear, deer, wild boar or wild turkey. Blunt-type arrowheads may be used in taking small animals and birds, including but not limited to, rabbits, squirrels, quail, grouse, pheasants. Poisonous, drugged, barbed or explosive arrowheads may not be used for taking any game.

North Dakota Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in North Dakota? Yes

Arrows must be at least 24 inches long, tipped with a metal broadhead, with at least two sharp cutting edges, and have a cutting diameter of at least 3/4 inch (i.e., not able to pass through a 3/4 inch ring). It is illegal to hunt big game with barbed arrows. Broadheads with mechanical or retractable blades not manufactured to stay open are legal. Arrows capable of causing damage or injury in excess of that inflicted by the cutting edges of the broadhead are prohibited (e.g., explosive arrow points, arrows tipped with drugs or chemicals, and pneumatic or hydraulic shafts are illegal).

Ohio Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Ohio? Yes

The arrow tip shall have a minimum of two cutting edges which may be exposed or unexposed minimum 3/4 inch width. Expandable and mechanical broadheads are legal. Poisoned or explosive arrows are illegal.                  

Oklahoma Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Oklahoma? Yes

Arrows / bolts must be fitted with a hunting type point no less than 7/8 inches wide, including mechanical broadheads with this width requirement when fully open.

Oregon Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Oregon? No

Broadhead blades must be fixed, unbarbed and at least 7/8” wide (except for western gray squirrel). It is illegal to hunt with or possess mechanical or moveable blade broadheads when hunting game mammals except western gray squirrel.

Pennsylvania Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Pennsylvania? Yes

Long, recurve, compound bows (minimum draw weight of 35 pounds) or crossbows with broadheads of cutting edge design. Shall have an outside diameter or width of at least 7/8 of an inch with at least two cutting edges located on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface. Broadheads shall not exceed three inches in length measured from the tip of the broadhead to the point that fits against the arrow shaft.

Rhode Island Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Rhode Island? Yes

Longbow, recurve bow and compound bow must be set at not less than 40 pounds for archers using fixed blade broadheads, and a minimum of 50 pounds for archers using mechanical broadheads. Only broadheads tipped arrows with at least two metal cutting edges are allowed. All broadheads must be 7⁄8 of an inch or greater at the widest point including mechanical broadheads measured in the “open” position.

South Carolina Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in South Carolina? Yes

There are no restrictions on draw weight/length, arrow weight/length, or broad head weight, width, or style.

South Dakota Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in South Dakota? Yes

Arrows must weigh 275 grains or more when hunting a big game animal and be 26 inches or longer from the notch of the nock to the end of the shaft, not including the blunt or broadhead. Broadheads (fixed or mechanical) must have at least two metal cutting edges when hunting a big game animal, except blunt points may be possessed and used when hunting a turkey and both field points and blunt points may be possessed and used when hunting small game or at any time when possessed and used as practice arrows. A bow must measure more than 50 pounds pull when hunting an elk with a mechanical broadhead and more than 40 pounds pull when hunting any other big game animal with a mechanical broadhead; or a bow must measure more than 40 pounds pull when hunting an elk with a fixed blade broadhead or a bow that measures more than 30 pounds pull when hunting any other big game animal with a fixed blade broadhead.

Tennessee Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Tennessee? Yes

Hunting arrows and bolts must be equipped with sharpened broadheads.

Texas Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Texas? Yes

While hunting game animals and game birds, a projectile may not be poisoned, drugged, or explosive. When used to hunt turkey and all game animals other than squirrels, a projectile must be equipped with a broadhead hunting point that is at least 7/8-inch in width (upon impact) and has a minimum of two cutting edges. A mechanical broadhead must begin to open upon impact and, when open, must be a minimum of 7/8-inch in width.

Utah Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Utah? Yes

Your bow must have a minimum pull of 40 pounds at the draw or the peak, whichever comes first. Your arrowheads must have two or more sharp-cutting edges that cannot pass through a 7/8-inch ring. If you’re using expanding arrowheads, the arrowheads must have two or more sharp-cutting edges that cannot pass through a 7/8-inch ring when expanded. Your arrows must be at least 20 inches long, from the tip of the arrowhead to the tip of the nock, and must weigh at least 300 grains.

Vermont Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Vermont? Yes

The arrowhead must be at least 7⁄8 of an inch in width with two or more cutting edges.

Virginia Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Virginia? Yes

Broadhead widths must be at least 7/8-inch wide or expand upon impact to 7/8-inch. It is unlawful to use explosive head arrows or arrows to which any drug, chemical, or toxic substance has been added.

Washington Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Washington? Yes

It is unlawful to hunt big game animals with any arrow or bolt that does not have a sharp broadhead, and the broadhead blade or blades are less than 7/8 inch wide.

West Virginia Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in West Virginia? Yes

It is illegal to hunt deer with arrows having less than two sharp cutting edges, measuring less than ¾ inch in width and use an arrow with an explosive, drug-laced or poisoned head or shaft.

Wisconsin Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Wisconsin? Yes

If used while hunting deer, bows must have a draw weight of 30 pounds or greater, and metal broadheads must be at least 7/8” wide and kept sharp. You may not possess any poison, drug, or explosive-tipped arrow while hunting.

Wyoming Broadhead Hunting Regulations

Are mechanical broadheads legal in Wyoming? Yes

The broadhead of arrows or bolts shall be sharp steel with a minimum cutting width of one inch.