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					Archery Wounding Rates and Shots Per Kill

                                   Bowhunting Wounding Rates / Average Shots Per Kill

Summary of Results from 20 Reports (fractions rounded to nearest whole number)

         Wounding rate:               55%       (average from 20 studies)

         Average shots per kill:      17        (average from 4 studies)

1. Aho, R.W. 1984. "Deer Hunting Retrieval Rates." Michigan Pittman-Robertson Report. Michigan Department of Natural
Resources. Lansing, Michigan. 11pp.

         58% wounded

2. Anonymous. 1970. "Chincoteague Narrative Report, 1065-1970." Refuge Manager's United States Government
Memorandum to Regional Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Atlanta, Georgia. 3pp.

         52% wounded
         15 shots per kill

3. Boydston, G.A. and Gore, H.G. 1987. "Archery Wounding Loss in Texas." Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Austin,
Texas. 16pp.

         50% wounded
         21 shots per kill

4. Cada, J.D., 1988. "Preliminary Archery Survey Report." Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Helena, Montana.
7pp.

         51% wounded

5 & 6. Causey, M.K., Dennamer, J.E., Logan, J. and Chapman Jr., J.I., 1978. "Bowhunting White-tailed Deer with
Succinylcholine Chloride Treated Arrows." Wildlife Society Bulletin 6(3):142-145.

         50% wounded in Alabama (without succinylcholine chloride).
         50% wounded in South Caroline (without succinylcholine chloride)

7. Croft, R.L. 1963. "A Survey fo Georgia Bowhunters." Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Game and Fish
Commissioners. 17:155-163.

         44% wounded

8. Ditchkoff, S.S., E.R. Welch Jr., R.L. Lochmiller, R.E. Masters, W.R. Starry, W.C. Dinkines. 1998. Wounding Rates of White-
tailed Deer with Traditional Archery Equipment. Proc. Annu. Conf. SEAFWA. pp. 244-248.

         50% wounded

9. Downing, R.L. 1971. "Comparison of Crippling Losses of White-tailed Deer Caused by Archery, Buckshot and Shotgun
Slugs." Proceedings of the Southeastern Association of Game and Fish Commissioners. 25:77-82.

         50% wounded

10. Garland, L.E. 1972. "Bowhunting for Deer in Vermont: Some Characteristics of the Hunters, the Hunt, and the Harvest."
Vermont Fish and Game Department. Waterbury, Vermont. 19pp.

         63% wounded

11. Gladfelter, H.L. and Kienzler, J.M. 1983. "Effects of the Compound Bow on the Success and Crippling Rates in Iowa."
Proceedings of the Midwest Bowhunting Conference. Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Edited by Beattie, K.H. and


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Moss, B.A. pp 215-219.

         55% wounded

12. Gladfelter, H.L., Kienzler, J.M. and Koehler, K.J. 1983. "Effects of Compound Bow Use on Hunter Success and Crippling
Rates in Iowa." Wildlife Society Bulletin 11(1):7-12.

         49% wounded

13. Hansen, L.P. and Olson, G.S. 1989. "Survey of Archery Hunters, 1987." Missouri Department of Conservation. Columbia,
Missouri. 17pp.

         52% wounded

14. Hofacker, A. 1986. "On the Trail of Wounded Deer: The Philosophy of Waiting." Deer and Deer Hunting 10(2):65-85,
104.

         56% wounded

15. Jackson, R.M. and Norton, R. 1982. "Wisconsin Bowhunter Study." University of Wisconsin. Lacrosse, Wisconsin. 36pp.

         44% wounded

16. Langenau, Jr., E.E. and Aho, R.W. 1983. "Relative Impact of Firearms and Archery Hunting on Deer Populations."
Proceedings of the Midwest Bowhunting Conference. Wisconsin Chapter of the Wildlife Society. Edited by Beattie, K.H. and
Moss, B.A. pp 97-121.

         55% wounded
         13 shots per kill

17. Langenau, Jr., E.E. 1986. "Factor Associated with Hunter Retrieval of Deer Hit by Arrows and Shotgun Slugs." Leisure
Sciences 8(4):417-438.

         61% wounded

18. McPhillips, K.B., Linder, R.L. and Wentz, W.A. 1985. "Nonreporting, Success, and Wounding by South Dakota Deer
Bowhunters -- 1981." Wildlife Society Bulletin 12(4):395-398.

         48% wounded
         14 shots per kill

19. Moen, A.N. 1989. "Crippling Losses." Deer and Deer Hunting 12(6):64-70.

         68% wounded

20. Stormer, F.A., Kirkpatrick, C.M. and Hoekstra, T.W. 1979. "Hunter-Inflicted Wounding of White-tailed Deer." Wildlife
Society Bulletin 7(1):10-16.

         58% wounded




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