TX hunting laws


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Settostun
October 15, 2010, 02:36 PM
I'm looking into buying an AR model rifle for deer hunting but from what I've been told it's illegal to hunt deer with a .22. My question is, is it legal to hunt with 5.56mm (.223) and if no one knows where would I go to find the answer?

I know that ARs come in higher cal, but I'm just curious.

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srkavanagh6621
October 15, 2010, 02:40 PM
if your law says its illegal to hunt with .22 cal that means .223 also! But i would go to your texas state game regulations and it will be in detail there!

Sky
October 15, 2010, 02:44 PM
http://www.thehighroad.org/archive/index.php/t-212657.html

FLAvalanche
October 15, 2010, 02:52 PM
I've already posted it here once for someone that wanted to hunt in Texas with an AR and I can't find it.

You can hunt in Texas with .223 and I pulled that right from the Texas 2010 Hunting Regs.

if your law says its illegal to hunt with .22 cal that means .223 also!

Not necessarily. In many states .22 RIMFIRE is illegal but .22 centerfire is legal. .22 centerfire includes .223 and .22 Hornet. Texas is one of those states. As is Pa. and Fl.

Settostun
October 15, 2010, 02:57 PM
Thanks for the info guys.

HOOfan_1
October 15, 2010, 02:59 PM
Many states have their game regulations online...if not you can request a book from the Game Department. You should always have a copy anyway to make sure you are following the regulations.

Justin Holder
October 15, 2010, 03:04 PM
Yes you can hunt with a .22 caliber centerfire cartridge in Texas.

The regulations read that big game may not be taken with rimfire ammunition of any caliber.

There is a long standing tradition in Texas of using .22 centerfires for deer hunting.

hirundo82
October 17, 2010, 02:44 PM
What Justin said is correct--the restriction is on using rimfire ammunition.

The Texas hunting regulations are online (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/hunt/); the restrictions on means and methods are here (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/hunt/means/) and state regarding game animals:

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.
fully automatic firearms are NOT LEGAL.
firearms equipped with silencers or sound-suppressing devices are NOT LEGAL.
a shotgun is the only legal firearm for hunting migratory game birds (see Definitions - Legal Shotgun).

nathan
October 18, 2010, 01:13 AM
62 gr SP will rip that whitetail pretty good as long its in the right place.

UpTheIrons
October 18, 2010, 01:28 AM
Don't forget to pick up a (free!) copy of the 2010-2011 Outdoor Annual when you get your hunting license. All the info you need is in there, including the stuff posted above. If you already have a license and no annual, pick one up anyway, wherever hunting licenses are sold.

Settostun
October 19, 2010, 10:10 AM
Once again thanks for all the info guys. Armed with the knowledge y'all have given me I read more up on hunting with .223 and asked some people and I don't know that I trust my eyesight/luck enough to hunt white tail with it. The higher caliber ARs are much more appealing to me now, and I've looked into which ones sound good to me. The Remington R-25 seems to me like a good gun, if not a little on the pricey side. Does anyone have any recommendations for a higher caliber AR (6.8mm .308 etc) with a price tag around 1000 give or take a few hundred?

Art Eatman
October 19, 2010, 05:50 PM
Settosun, start a new thread with that question, okay? :)

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