I'd look more at momentum and kinetic energy than draw weight. Here's Easton's minimum recommendations for different game sizes/types. You can determine KE by using the formula below, or using a calculator like the one at the link I'm posting... You just need to know arrow speed in feet per second, and arrow weight in grains.
velocity x velocity x total arrow weight (in grains) divided by 450,240
Poundage isn't really what you should look at. KE is. Today's 40# bows shoot faster than the mid 90's 60# bows. My wife is shooting 35# 24" draw, with a 240 grain arrow and getting 250 FPS....... Plenty to pass thru a deer with the small fixed blades she shoots. One thing I would tell you to do is set his limit to 20-25 yards. AND NO EXPANDABLE BROADHEADS!!
Thanks guys. Man you get a lot of great feedback on here. This has truly been an addicting thing for us, my son has really been doing well in 3-d. Hope the confidence spills over to deer season.There is so much to learn about but everyone has been great. Thanks again.
There is no min. draw required weight in Ga. The only restrictions is that you have to use a broadhead on your arrow.
I have seen some of the newer bows shooting 30-35lbs that will kill any deer walking.
I shot the first nine deer of my life @ 42 lbs and aluminum arrows. Most arrows passed right through and stuck in the ground.
I would say that if he is shooting 30 plus pounds, he should do fine.
My wife shoots 47lbs, 280 grains, gets about 260fps....she shoots 4 blade 85 grain standard slick tricks.....while she hasn't shot a deer with it yet, there's more than enough penetration on our 3d targets to burn through any sized deer. I agree with dustin....i would worry more about the set up you have in hunting....i always try and get my wife within 30 yard or less of where i plan on her deer to pop up. He'll get proficient at better distances than that pretty quick and suprise you....but the closer the better.