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    Bow hunting illegal why ?

    Being new to the lifestyle of archery i was wondering when and why bow hunting in the UK became illegal.

    If you can hunt with a gun in this country why not a Bow ?

    I sit on the fence when it comes to hunting im just interested in why its not possible.

    Thanks in advance.






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    to stop hordes of gnas members flocking to sherwood forest to hunt the king's ... errr .... queen's deer of course!
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    We dont have the large areas of wilderness that exist in the USA that you can hunt in with safety.
    Hunting requires far different skills that a target archer will not have,not knowing the correct arrow shot for a clean kill being one.
    Hunting in the US for many is a way of life and skills are handed down from father to son.
    Over here you could end up with unskilled archers with underpowered bows creating all sorts of carnage.
    It is best that it remains illegal in the UK.
    But long may it thrive in the US.
    Why?because its what keeps Hoyt and Bowtech etc in business,you dont think they make a fortune from target archery do you?
    Its hunters who keep the industry going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nightimer View Post
    We dont have the large areas of wilderness that exist in the USA that you can hunt in with safety.
    Hunting requires far different skills that a target archer will not have,not knowing the correct arrow shot for a clean kill being one.
    Hunting in the US for many is a way of life and skills are handed down from father to son.
    Over here you could end up with unskilled archers with underpowered bows creating all sorts of carnage.
    It is best that it remains illegal in the UK.
    All good reasons for maintaining the ban, but anyone got any sources of when and why the ban came into effect?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riceburner View Post
    All good reasons for maintaining the ban, but anyone got any sources of when and why the ban came into effect?
    The bit of info that I could dig up says it was in 1963.
    It was a political decision to save any undue suffering to animals for obvious reasons (unskilled bowhunters).

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    The original legislation that outlawed bowhunting was in 1963. Permitted killing methods were listed, and archery equipment was not in the list. So bowhunting was outlawed by implication.

    The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 pulled this together with various other bits of legislation, and explicitly outlawed the use of archery equipment.

    The bit to look at is section 11:

    http://www.statutelaw.gov.uk/content...filesize=30831

    The legislation says that no bow or crossbow may be used, but doesn't actually say no arrow may be used! So you could argue in court that it only outlaws conking the animals on the head with a bow, not shooting them.
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