I set up my wife at the time with a 36lb bow and Razerheads.
Not a wonderful shot but quatering away she centered the ham, broke the leg bone and it went in to the feathers, head ending up in the liver.
We backed out and I snuck in later to find the doe piled up and unable to rise so finished the deal off.
With complete pass throughs on perfect broadside shots with low 40s, I wouldnt be afraid of any deer walking with a proper head and proper arrow flight out of a 35lber.
Please keep in mind that in the 60s 40-45lbs was the NORM and 35 just isnt that much less. Current 35lb bows of certain typs will blow the socks off some of the older ones higher in draw weight that successfully took deer. I wont go into the shots they took then that were ALSO successful.
A quick look at Doc’s report on the 40lb longbow will give you a great idea what light bows are capable, with the right set up arrow and (since Im not one that think whitetail are that tough to take) Id do the same with plain jane, same ol same old heads on arrows of the past if they were flying great.
Should things “go south” in any way and 35 is what I can shoot well……I’ll be out there. NO sweat.