Q: 2021 What is the law in NH for a person with a 25 year old felony owning a bow and using it for hunting in NH?
A: If the person has a felony on his or her record then he can't possess a dangerous weapon. It doesn't matter how old the felony is.
Whether a bow and arrow is considered a dangerous weapon depends on if it is "used, intended to be used, or threatened to be used, is known to be capable of producing death or serious bodily injury." (RSA 625:11, V). In one case, the NH Supreme Court ruled that a bow and arrow merely hanging on a wall was not a deadly weapon (State v. Pratte, 959 A. 2d 200 (2008)).
However, if used for hunting, the result would almost certainly be different. Hunting involves using the bow and arrow in way capable of causing death or serious injury. Therefore, I strongly advise against felons using a bow and arrow for hunting in New Hampshire.
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