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Which US states allow hunting with airguns???

July 11 2006 at 9:06 AM
Gamo440  (Login Gamo440)
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I just got back into airguns this year and was looking to start hunting with them, but recently found out that Florida does not allow hunting of game animals with air rifles...

So which states actually DO allow it?

I think it'd be a good idea to compile a list of states and their regs regarding airgun hunting.

 
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(Login Petewp)
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Connecticut does on certain game.

July 11 2006, 9:24 AM 

They classify them as "high powered airguns" but dont give any definitive measure of what that means.

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(Login Mark.in.AZ)
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Arizona does. Check with....

July 11 2006, 10:04 AM 

Arizona Fish & Game department's website for specifics. They have sections for airgunning, and also some things that I never considered....Like Falconry.

I know Pennsylvania did not, at least they didn't when I lived there. Heck, you couldn't even use a .22 LR for small game.

In AZ, I can use an air rifle on rabbit, squirrel, quail, etc, etc, etc, and take more than my fair share of flying rats, ie: pigeons. Nasty pooping creatures.

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Mark Kauffman

 
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kennyboy
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Not so fast there...

July 11 2006, 6:33 PM 

...about quail.

From the AZ Game&Fish Site:

"Can I hunt dove or quail with a pellet gun?"

"No. Commission rule R12-4-304 depicts the legal means for taking the various species of wildlife. Pellet guns, or pneumatic weapons, are not legal to use for dove or quail."


Rabbits and squirrels, you're fine. As a long time AZ hunter, I'm for abiding by Game&Fish rules, even though I don't necessarily agree with this one in particular.

 
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(Login dcarhart)

Maine does nt

July 11 2006, 10:39 AM 

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(Login airmojo)
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Ohio allows...

July 11 2006, 10:41 AM 

A few years ago, Ohio added the word 'airgun' in the hunting regulations under the section 'Hunting Methods' ('Unless otherwise indicated, game may be taken with longbow, crossbow, or any caliber handgun, rifle, shotgun (10 gauge or smaller), or airgun.'). Airgun is only mentioned in this brief section.

My understanding after having a discussion and interview with our local newspaper's Outdoors reporter, the limits on airguns used is the same as any limitations placed on any firearms as far as caliber, shotgun, etc.

http://www.dnr.ohio.gov/wildlife/PDF/Pub085.pdf>



    
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(Login mightyd)
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NY does. NT

July 11 2006, 10:43 AM 


 
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Gamo440
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NJ and PA do not

July 11 2006, 10:48 AM 

Might as well respond with this to my own post, seeing as I already know it's not legal there.

 
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(Premier Login rkmitchell)
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KY is good .....LA if .22 or larger nt

July 11 2006, 10:51 AM 


 
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(Login AGman)

Rabbits and squirels in Ohio

July 11 2006, 10:57 AM 

Don

 
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(Login Ca_Varminter)

California does...small game and some game birds.....nt

July 11 2006, 11:08 AM 

nt

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(Login SifuSkyler)
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As well as many non-game species like...

July 11 2006, 2:41 PM 

possums, ground squirrels, skunks, sparrows, starlings, coyotes, weasels, and most rodents.


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(Login Ca_Varminter)

You're right!! I thought Non-game was just a given......nt

July 11 2006, 6:24 PM 

nt

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(Login poppquiz)
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Alabama - small game (nt)

July 11 2006, 11:34 AM 


 
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(Login bellis123)
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Virginia... Just squirrels and rabbits...nt

July 11 2006, 11:36 AM 

nt


 
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wved
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West Virginia nt

July 11 2006, 11:40 AM 

 

 
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(Login JackFlynn)
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Georgia does....

July 11 2006, 12:09 PM 

small game....

 
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David Enoch
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Texas does not allow it

July 11 2006, 12:12 PM 

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(Login texasplinker)
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amendment

July 11 2006, 10:13 PM 

tx doesnt allow one to hunt GAME animals with airguns. fortunatly, most airgun quarry does not qualify as a GAME animal to the state of tx. off the top of my head one can hunt prairie dogs, rabbits (cotton and jack), starlings, pidgeon and sparrow with airguns. i think nutria can also be taken with an air weapon. check the regs for details.
todd

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(Login rimugu)
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Are you sure about rabbits?

July 12 2006, 1:43 PM 

I thought rabbits and hares where game animals in TX. It would make me very happy if I can have rabbit for dinner one of these days.

rimugu
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(Login tetuyng)
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Georgia allows it for small game. nt

July 11 2006, 12:13 PM 

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JohnB
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this was on the hunting forum a few days ago,

July 11 2006, 12:36 PM 


 
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(Login shadowsharpshooter)
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Colorado does with certain species..........

July 11 2006, 12:44 PM 

Pellet Guns: Rifles or Handguns must be .177 or larger powered by spring or compressed air.
Colorado law allows landowners to protect private property from most wildlife damage, including Black Tailed Prairie Dogs.

Crow: Oct. 1 - Jan. 31. Areas: State Wide. Bag and Possession Limits: Unlimited.

White Tailed and Gunnisons Prairie Dogs, Wyoming (Richardsons) Ground Squirrels, European Starlings, English/House Sparrows: Year Round. Areas: Statewide. Bag and Possesion Limits: Unlimited.

Grackles and Grey Squirrels may be taken on Private Property if found causing damage to property.

Thats Colorado for ya, pretty open, plus some more regs for hunting that are smaller, this above is the jist of it.


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(Login Trojan1994)
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California does, suprisingly, lol...nt

July 11 2006, 1:54 PM 




 
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sav300
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Oregon does. NT

July 11 2006, 2:42 PM 

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(Login shooter58)
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Tennessee.... small game nt

July 11 2006, 5:26 PM 

nt

 
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(Login bilman)
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Legal Hunting with airguns

July 11 2006, 6:51 PM 

Missouri permits the use of airguns in some situations, but the wording in some cases is very confusing. In the definition section Missouri regulations note that "pistols, revolvers and rifles propelling a single projectile at 1 (one) discharge including those powered by spring, air or compressed gas, and shotguns not larger than 10 guage." are firearms. The green frog and bullfrog section permits airguns, and in the fishing section says that firearms may not be used to take bullfrogs and greenfrogs. etc.

 
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Husker22
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Nebraska allows hunting . . .

July 11 2006, 10:28 PM 

of small game with air rifles.

 
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TomW
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Minnesota=yes

July 12 2006, 7:04 AM 

I emailed the Minnesota DNR a few years ago regarding hunting small game with airguns and the answer was one word. Yes. That is all that I received! Either the guy (Tim, no last name) hated email or was having a bad hair day.

Tom

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good news for me

November 28 2013, 11:43 PM 

i hope the laws havent changed because i just got .25 marauder. my first pcp.

 
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