Texas: Squirrel Hunting with an Air Rifle


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Wolfebyte
April 28, 2014, 09:13 PM
During it's March 27, 2014 meeting, the Texas Parks and Wildlife made several recommendations on changes for the upcoming hunting season in Texas..

One thing to note, Texas has finally understood that today's air guns are not their childhood Red Rider...

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/feedback/meetings/2014/0327/agenda/item_04/

The proposed amendment to 65.11 also would create new paragraph (4) to allow the use of air rifles to hunt squirrel. The department received a petition for rulemaking earlier this year requesting that air rifles be designated a lawful means for the take of squirrel. The department has determined that modern air rifles have achieved ballistic performance characteristics that approximate those of rimfire ammunition at close ranges and are capable of humanely killing squirrels at such distances. Therefore, the proposed new paragraph would allow the use of air rifles to take squirrel, provided the rifle is designed to be fired from the shoulder, the projectile size is a minimum of .177 caliber (4.5mm), and the projectile is delivered by means of the force of a spring, air, or non-ignited compressed gas at a muzzle velocity of no less than 600 feet per second. The department selected the minimum projectile size and muzzle velocity on the basis of creating a reasonable likelihood of instant lethality.

Tree Rats better look out... I can't fire a firearm in the city limits, but I can fire a pellet gun..

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Deltaboy
April 28, 2014, 11:49 PM
Yep.

JohnKSa
April 29, 2014, 12:29 AM
It's about time. For years it's been legal to hunt hogs and mountain lions with airguns in TX, but illegal to use airguns on squirrels.

craftsman
April 30, 2014, 05:56 PM
Wolfebyte, Any chance that the Texas Parks and Wildlife folks can talk some sense into their peers here in Pennsylvania? Kudos to your guys!

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