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Any argument against weaker airguns for hunting larger game is also an argument against archery equipment. I think the inclination to hold airguns to a different standard than archery equipment is due to the fact that airguns superficially resemble firearms, although in terms of energy they function more like bows and crossbows. In other words, our eyes and biases play tricks on us, when a purely scientific analysis would suggest that if we accept archery equipment, we should accept airgun equipment of similar powers. 


I agree. And unfortunately, many bow hunters should not be in the woods. I am not against either one on principle, but I know that a disproportionate number of lost and crippled deer result from bow hunting. I have nothing but respect for the hunters who put in the time to become effective with archery equipment, but too many do not. I don't have the answer, just an observation. 

There are basically two ways to put a deer down. Either the weapon imparts enough shock to drop him in his tracks with a front shoulder shot or spine shot or he drops from loss of blood. You may be able to drop a deer in his tracks with a bow or air rifle with a spine or brain shot but both are poor choices. So you are left with bleed out. First let me say I am totally in favor of hunting deer with a bow or air rifle but many hunters try to use their rifle tactics when bow hunting. In Pa you can not use cable restraint traps for animals without taking a course and getting a certificate yet you can bowhunt without any instruction. One of the biggest mistakes bowhunters make is shooting too close to the front shoulder. You are shooting through heavy muscle tissue and even with a passthrough because the blood clots in muscle areas very quickly. Anyone who processes their own deer knows how much nicer a deer is to bone when shot a few ribs behind the shoulder than shot through the muscle tissue around the front leg. In forty plus years of bowhunting I have never had a problem finding a deer hit through both lungs through the ribs but have shot several through both lungs and through the front shoulder that didn't put a drop of blood on the ground until right before they dropped. Many years ago I shot a buck at 28 yards through both lungs and the ribs. There was about 3 inches of snow on the groung and when I got to where I hit him there was no blood. With 3 inches of snow I knew I would find him even though the hit was higher than I would have liked. As I said I saw no blood in the snow but when I looked down in my boot prints I noticed they has  a slight pink tint. I realized he was spraying a very fine mist through his nostrils but was not bleeding externally. I soon found him and that just reinforced the instruction that I received. Shoot for an exit hole below halfway up the deer. When I started bowhunting my mentor always preached that you shoot for both lungs and a blood trail with a bow because hitting and finding are two entirely different things.