It is legal with a license in most states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to Wasp Archery, a Harrisburg arrow-maker. Both states regulate the types of arrows permitted.
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife requires an applicant to complete a course before purchasing a bow-and-arrow hunting license, according to its website. The course consists of a one-day field session in which students work with instructors to complete "an extensive field walk, mandatory live-fire session and concludes with a mandatory written exam."
Compound bows cost between $150 and $850. Arrow-makers have developed several high-end arrow tips with blades that provide greater penetration. One called the Original Razortip Broadhead is specifically designed to "pulverize heavy bone and slice like a scalpel."Authorities said the arrow used in Paulsen's slaying had a razor tip.