Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?



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Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« on: June 17, 2012, 07:59:22 PM »
I live in VA..and it is legal to take small game with an air rifle...so long as you have the the proper hunting license.
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2012, 08:36:11 PM »
Same thing in Michigan.
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2012, 08:37:22 PM »
it sure is.
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2012, 08:46:55 PM »
ny. yup
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2012, 09:14:37 PM »
Pennsylvania says - NO...
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2012, 09:38:09 PM »
Pennsylvania says - NO...
Illinois doesn't say anything about air guns and hunting except that they can be used to dispatch invasive birds. However, Illinois classifies airguns larger than .22 and faster than 700 fps as firearms so once you meet those criteria, it becomes a moot point.

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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2012, 09:40:04 PM »
Yup

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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2012, 09:50:27 PM »
Yes, for everything except big game and migratory birds. Fortunately I big game hunt in a state that allows it.
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2012, 10:01:22 PM »
Indiana says yes for small game. Haven't got an official decision from the DNR on big game (deer) yet ...
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2012, 10:04:36 PM »
Missouri says yes. We can deer hunt with air powered rifles charged by an external pump or tank .40 caliber or larger.
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2012, 10:16:09 PM »
cool...didn't know it was as widespread as it is thanks for the replies everyone
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2012, 10:47:32 PM »
I believe it is the same in MA. I am trying to make sense of the laws. Thought it would be a good thing to find out. If anyone know for sure I'd appreciate the knowledge.
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2012, 11:02:18 PM »
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2012, 11:11:49 PM »
Yes, for everything except big game and migratory birds. Fortunately I big game hunt in a state that allows it.

   where is that?


  in S.C. yes for most small game and pests and hog.  anyone know about Mississippi?
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2012, 11:29:36 PM »
I live in VA..and it is legal to take small game with an air rifle...so long as you have the the proper hunting license.


In Virginia you can take any game that it is legal to hunt with a rifle as long as you are using the appropriate caliber (The large game requirement is .23 or larger).

http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulations/general.asp

They specifically added "airguns" in parenthesis when listing legal hunting equipment a few years back.
A word of warning, when I did my hunter education course for Virginia recently the game warden who spoke to our class didn't know it was legal to hunt with airguns in VA (I had to show him the section in the handbook) and the instructors were rather dismissive, to put it nicely, when I tried to ask some questions regarding airguns and hunting.  They were more than happy to talk bows, crossbows, shotguns, rifles, and muzzle-loaders, but nothing on airguns.  (I sent this link to the head instructor in the hopes they might add some info in future classes; http://www.americanairgunhunter.com/2ndedition_PGAH.html)
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2012, 12:12:13 AM »
Yes, for everything except big game and migratory birds. Fortunately I big game hunt in a state that allows it.

   where is that?


  in S.C. yes for most small game and pests and hog.  anyone know about Mississippi?

Mississippi. I chose to ask a game warden to make sure since MDWFP doesn't mention anything specific about propulsion method, just caliber. I only hunt family owned land in N. Mississippi.
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2012, 12:37:04 AM »
It's legal to hunt small game with an air gun in New York state but illegal to have an airgun in new York city!
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Re: Is hunting with an air rifle LEGAL in your state?
« Reply #19 on: June 18, 2012, 02:39:25 AM »
Yes, for everything except big game and migratory birds. Fortunately I big game hunt in a state that allows it.

   where is that?


  in S.C. yes for most small game and pests and hog.  anyone know about Mississippi?

Mississippi. I chose to ask a game warden to make sure since MDWFP doesn't mention anything specific about propulsion method, just caliber. I only hunt family owned land in N. Mississippi.

  anywhere near Batesville?  i have family there.
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