Commission Reverses Broadhead Ban

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced today that it has reversed its decision to ban "Crimson Talon Broadheads" for use by bowhunters participating in Pennsylvania's archery deer seasons.

The broadheads - relatively new on the market - were determined to be unlawful by the agency on Oct. 1, because they incorporate a design that includes curved blades. State hunting regulations require all broadheads to have an outside cutting diameter of at least 7/8th-inch with no less than two cutting edges; cutting edges must be on the same plane throughout the length of the cutting surface.

"Crimson Talon Broadheads are legal for use in Pennsylvania's archery seasons," noted Mike Dubaich, Game Commission Bureau of Law Enforcement director. "We came to this conclusion after reviewing the broadhead's performance specifications with the manufacturer. The deciding factor that led to our reversal was that the curved blades of this broadhead straighten upon penetration. That action puts this broadhead's cutting surfaces on the same plane and allows it to meet our regulatory criteria.

"We concluded that Crimson Talon Broadheads conceptually are similar to mechanical broadheads in that they don't meet our regulatory criteria until they strike their target. Most mechanical broadheads currently on the market fail to meet Pennsylvania's 7/8th-inch cutting diameter requirement until their blades swing open upon impact with the target. Crimson Talon Broadheads work similarly; they straighten on impact."

The Game Commission's Bureau of Law Enforcement advises manufacturers of archery tackle to remember that archery regulations vary from state to state.

"The best way to ensure your product meets our regulatory criteria is to contact us or submit a sample for review," Dubaich said. "Taking these steps can eliminate the confusion we experienced with Crimson Talon Broadheads."

The Game Commission's current definition for a legal broadhead was enacted in April of 2002. Crimson Talons did not come on the market until this year.

This announcement by the Game Commission does not indicate an endorsement of the product.