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39M:

--- Quote from: Airriflehunter on October 16, 2015, 03:39:27 PM ---They also missed on Texas.  It is illegal to take any game bird or game animal in Texas other than squirrel.  Per the 2015-2016 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual:

Hunting Means and Methods

Firearms

 Game animals and game birds may be hunted with any legal firearm, except:

white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope may not be hunted with rimfire ammunition of any caliber.
shotguns are the only legal firearm that may be used to hunt Eastern turkey during the spring Eastern turkey season (see County Listing). Rifles and handguns may not be used to hunt Eastern turkey.
pellet guns and other air guns are not legal for the take of any game bird or game animal other than squirrel. To be lawful for the take of squirrel, an air rifle must be designed to be fired from the shoulder and use the force of a spring, air, or other non-ignited compressed gas to expel a projectile of at least .177 caliber (4.5mm) at a minimum muzzle velocity of 600 feet per second.
fully automatic firearms are not legal.
a shotgun is the only legal firearm for hunting migratory game birds (see Definitions - Legal Shotgun).
(@*#&%(*@&) may be used to take any wildlife resource; however, all federal, state and local laws continue to apply.
Nongame Animals (Non-Protected) may be hunted with any lawful firearm, pellet gun, or other air gun.

I'd advise people not to depend on a website list, and instead check their state and local laws.

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Non-game animals is what I'm not sure about. I would think that would include all non-native species, including: collared dove, pigeons, wild hogs, and a few others; as well as native non-game animals: rabbits, coyotes, maybe coons and possums and some others.

stanley1131:
Wow I can't believe airguns are classified as firearms in certain states

Airriflehunter:

--- Quote from: 39M on October 16, 2015, 05:17:27 PM ---
--- Quote from: Airriflehunter on October 16, 2015, 03:39:27 PM ---They also missed on Texas.  It is illegal to take any game bird or game animal in Texas other than squirrel.  Per the 2015-2016 Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Annual:

Hunting Means and Methods

Firearms

 Game animals and game birds may be hunted with any legal firearm, except:

white-tailed deer, mule deer, desert bighorn sheep, and pronghorn antelope may not be hunted with rimfire ammunition of any caliber.
shotguns are the only legal firearm that may be used to hunt Eastern turkey during the spring Eastern turkey season (see County Listing). Rifles and handguns may not be used to hunt Eastern turkey.
pellet guns and other air guns are not legal for the take of any game bird or game animal other than squirrel. To be lawful for the take of squirrel, an air rifle must be designed to be fired from the shoulder and use the force of a spring, air, or other non-ignited compressed gas to expel a projectile of at least .177 caliber (4.5mm) at a minimum muzzle velocity of 600 feet per second.
fully automatic firearms are not legal.
a shotgun is the only legal firearm for hunting migratory game birds (see Definitions - Legal Shotgun).
(@*#&%(*@&) may be used to take any wildlife resource; however, all federal, state and local laws continue to apply.
Nongame Animals (Non-Protected) may be hunted with any lawful firearm, pellet gun, or other air gun.

I'd advise people not to depend on a website list, and instead check their state and local laws.

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Non-game animals is what I'm not sure about. I would think that would include all non-native species, including: collared dove, pigeons, wild hogs, and a few others; as well as native non-game animals: rabbits, coyotes, maybe coons and possums and some others.

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Here's the definition of a game animal in Texas:

PARKS AND WILDLIFE CODE

TITLE 5. WILDLIFE AND PLANT CONSERVATION

SUBTITLE B. HUNTING AND FISHING

CHAPTER 63. GAME AND NONGAME ANIMALS

SUBCHAPTER A. GAME ANIMALS

Sec. 63.001.  GAME ANIMALS.  (a)  The following animals are game animals:  mule deer, white-tailed deer, pronghorn antelope, desert bighorn sheep, gray or cat squirrels, fox squirrels or red squirrels, and collared peccary or javelina.
(b)  No species of any animal set out in Subsection (a) of this section or any other animal is a game animal if it is not indigenous to this state.

As far as I understand non-game animals are fair game, and I would say your statement is correct.  I know I've shot plenty of rabbits, and coyotes with an air rifle. 

39M:
They don't list any birds, but I'm pretty sure that all game birds are shotgun only.

bavaria55n:

--- Quote from: ezman604 on May 28, 2015, 06:11:34 PM ---This is a good one to sticky. BUT, please be aware that even if there are no federal laws and your state may NOT have any airgun laws, a city, community, parish or township MAY have laws on their books. I found this out recently while looking for properties. Three of the four surrounding cities have ordinances on the books denying the use of airguns (or even slingshots) within the city limits. I am in the process of asking for amendment, rewrite or just the rewording of the ordinances.

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If you can get a state wide pre-emption bill passed it will stop the law changes every time you cross a county/township/city border but it is not easy to do.
You might still have 'bad' laws but they will be uniform.


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