The Wyoming regs. say minimum of 40 pounds for archery black bear. I am not an archery expert, but changing the poundage seems to change the way you shoot, so that might be my last option to consider, especially with not a whole lot of practice time for the spring hunt. 60 to 65 should be plenty of pounds I think, and even with a lot of let off its a little easier to hold for a long time than 70#. Just my thoughts on it, hopefully helps.