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Title: Arrow weight for bear
Post by: WVbowhunter on February 10, 2016, 09:11:00 AM
Okay this year I'm going to try and take my first black bear with a bow. I was wondering if I should increase my arrow weight compared to my setup for Whitetails. My arrow weight right now is around 540 grains and my bow draws 57 pounds at my 31 inch draw length. Thanks for the help.
Title: Re: Arrow weight for bear
Post by: newhouse114 on February 10, 2016, 10:12:00 PM
You are good to go! If you avaid major bone structure, bears are VERY easy to penetrate. Very light rib structure.
Title: Re: Arrow weight for bear
Post by: Olin Rindal on February 11, 2016, 12:20:00 AM
You're good. Bears are pansies when it comes to an arrow to the lungs.
Title: Re: Arrow weight for bear
Post by: WVbowhunter on February 11, 2016, 07:33:00 PM
Thanks again y'all.
Title: Re: Arrow weight for bear
Post by: Flatshooter on February 15, 2016, 09:37:00 AM
I agree with Olin, bears give it up pretty easily! You are more than good with your setup!
Title: Re: Arrow weight for bear
Post by: Bowwild on April 30, 2016, 03:23:00 PM
Same as for whitetails for me.
Title: Re: Arrow weight for bear
Post by: calgarychef on May 10, 2016, 10:53:00 AM
One grain per pound of bear, 300 grain for little guys and 1000 grain for big ones.  Only problem is you need to carry a whole quiver of different weight arrows and a scale for the bear  :)
Title: Re: Arrow weight for bear
Post by: curlis on May 20, 2016, 10:08:00 PM
Anything you use for deer will work for bears
Title: Re: Arrow weight for bear
Post by: Dalton Gray on June 02, 2016, 01:55:00 PM
Honestly I think you're probably fine with what you've got. My general rule of thumb is to shoot 9-12 grains per pound on my set up. Different people have different preferences though and if that works for you then go for it!!!! I'm also hoping to get a bear this year so good luck and shoot a big one!!!! I look forward to seeing pictures soon!!!
Title: Re: Arrow weight for bear
Post by: 96ssportsp on April 02, 2021, 11:36:20 AM
Shot a 200#ish boar this last fall. 50@32 recurve, shooting a 592 grain arrow. 29 yards....tucked tight in the shoulder, quarter to, arrow hanging by the fletches just ahead of hindquarters.
Your setup is close to mine. Dead bear!! Good luck. Scott.