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Re: A bill in the Illinois House to allow deer hunting by airgun!
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 03:14:22 AM »
Very cool. This kind of limits it it though:

"a person may take deer with a .45 caliber or larger air-powered gun."
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Re: A bill in the Illinois House to allow deer hunting by airgun!
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2017, 07:03:23 AM »
Very cool. This kind of limits it it though:

"a person may take deer with a .45 caliber or larger air-powered gun."

Yes, but I don't think it's an irresponsible limit, just a poorly implemented one. I would rather have it written as "500 ft-lbs" than tying it to caliber. 500fpe is the minimum for handgun deer hunting in IL, so I think it would make a good starting point for getting an airgun bill to pass.
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Re: A bill in the Illinois House to allow deer hunting by airgun!
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2017, 09:04:22 AM »
WOW!! That is so awesome!!  8) 8) 8) 8)
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Re: A bill in the Illinois House to allow deer hunting by airgun!
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2017, 09:31:45 AM »
Very cool. This kind of limits it it though:

"a person may take deer with a .45 caliber or larger air-powered gun."

Yes, but I don't think it's an irresponsible limit, just a poorly implemented one. I would rather have it written as "500 ft-lbs" than tying it to caliber. 500fpe is the minimum for handgun deer hunting in IL, so I think it would make a good starting point for getting an airgun bill to pass.
I actually think they did the right thing- is it ideal?  No, but...

This ensures legislation allowing a larger-bore airbow still will be allowed once legislation catches up.  Especially since in most states, a 40-pound draw bow can be used to harvest deer.  Translate a 40 pound bow with a typical 10-grain-per-pound arrow...  That means much lighter tackle and energies for harvesting deer using so-called primitive methods.  Now equivocate to an airbow...  Large-bore ensures appropriately-sized equipment (better overkill than underkill)

It also ensures Johnny Nitro-Piston with his 1400 FPS (with PBA AMMO!) gas-piston rifle doesn't go "deer hunting" with his latest .25 caliber "big bore" springer ... with enough margin of error to set a firm foot that NO springer can be used.

In other words, it's a step in the right direction.  Perfect?  No, but it does set an expectation, as well as opening the door to ensure the bottom-feeding public that like to bend rules don't go out deer hunting with under-sized equipment.

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Re: A bill in the Illinois House to allow deer hunting by airgun!
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2017, 09:38:04 AM »
You got it! In Illinois, we take what we can get!
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Re: A bill in the Illinois House to allow deer hunting by airgun!
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2017, 10:21:14 AM »
I like the .45 cal limit and not the FPE limit because a person can still use a .45 cal dragon claw that puts out 230 FPE.
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