What are the deer hunting laws in your state?


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Grunt
November 21, 2011, 11:43 PM
So with deer hunting season in full swing in some places, just what are the laws for hunting in your state? I'll start:

Here in North Dakota, a rifle has to be a minimum of .22 caliber centerfire (I think .22 Hornet is the smallest you can go here) or larger although .50 caliber and larger smokeless rounds (read .50 BMG) are not allowed. No FMJ or explosive tip ammo is allowed and if you are using a shotgun, it has to be single projectile so no buckshot here.
In regards to the rifle itself, no full auto is pretty much the only restriction. No magazine limits, and although it doesn't say suppressors are illegal for hunting so I guess they are allowed too.

ETA: I forgot to mention that barrel length has to be 16" for rifles as well, sort of along the lines with non-SBR rifles. Hehehe, kind of weird I guess, mention in the laws about minimum barrel length but no mention of suppressors. Oh well, not my thing but it wouldn't bother me if someone wanted to use one.

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MachIVshooter
November 22, 2011, 12:04 AM
There are lots here.

Caliber/ammo-wise, it's .24 cal.+ with 1,000 ft/lbs @ 100 yards for rifle, .24 cal+ with 550 ft/lbs @ 50 yards for handgun. Rifles are limited to 5 rounds (last time I checked). Basically, .243 is the smallest "common" rifle cartridge allowed, and anything short of a very stout .357 magnum or 10mm auto is not enough in a handgun.

sKunkT
November 22, 2011, 12:07 AM
Here in North Dakota, a rifle has to be a minimum of .22 caliber centerfire (I think .22 Hornet is the smallest you can go here) or larger although .50 caliber and larger smokeless rounds (read .50 BMG) are not allowed. No FMJ or explosive tip ammo is allowed and if you are using a shotgun, it has to be single projectile so no buckshot here.pretty much on par with Wisconsin. I believe rifle has to have a 16" barrel and be 26" overall.

I had the privilege of deer hunting in North Dakota last year in the North East, and had a blast. Shot a lot of rounds- it sure was fun.

MachIVshooter
November 22, 2011, 12:10 AM
I believe rifle has to have a 16" barrel and be 26" overall.

That's federal law for title I (Non-NFA) rifles.

R.W.Dale
November 22, 2011, 12:11 AM
Deer must be 22cal centerfire or larger. No fmj handguns must have a 4" or longer bbl and be centerfire no caliber requirements

Furbearers are any centerfire not larger than 30 caliber. (Stupid I know)

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sKunkT
November 22, 2011, 12:13 AM
In states that have energy requirements, how do they enforce those laws?

MachIVshooter
November 22, 2011, 12:29 AM
In states that have energy requirements, how do they enforce those laws?

Fear. Get caught using something below their minimums, risk losing your firearm, your truck, your hunting priviledges.......

CDOW does not screw around. I'd much rather get in trouble with regular LEOs.

sKunkT
November 22, 2011, 12:36 AM
I get that, but what if you reload? How would they actually test or measure energy? Or would they even at all if it met the caliber requirements?

Not that I would ever want to be undergunned, it is more of a curiosity thing.

MachIVshooter
November 22, 2011, 12:43 AM
How would they actually test or measure energy

Muzzle velocity and bullet specs entered into a ballistics program. All you need is a chronograph and a computer or smart phone.

If you use handloads that could be borderline, you'd better be sure to chonograph them and that your slowest load was up to par.

Technically, even a sidearm used for a coupe de grace has to meet the minimum, though I've never heard of anyone getting in trouble for that. My sister used a 3" .357 that would have come up short. I carry a full size 10mm; it does meet the requirement with my loads.

R.W.Dale
November 22, 2011, 12:45 AM
Muzzle velocity and bullet specs entered into a ballistics program. All you need is a chronograph and a computer or smart phone.

If you use handloads that could be borderline, you'd better be sure to chonograph them and that your slowest load was up to par.

So they will actually set a chrony up and test your loads to see if they're up to snuff?

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MachIVshooter
November 22, 2011, 12:58 AM
So they will actually set a chrony up and test your loads to see if they're up to snuff?

They can if the officer believes that you're in violation. Unlikely? Yes. Worth the risk to say you shot a CO mulie with a .45? Don't think so.

TexAg
November 22, 2011, 01:26 AM
No rimfires in TX. And, ummm, yeah that's pretty much it!

Carolina Kalash
November 22, 2011, 04:51 PM
i live in upstat SC... season starts in september with bows only, then usually the first or second week in october is bow or muzzleloader... after that, you can use basically whatever you want, that's capible of killing it of course...

Bobson
November 22, 2011, 05:19 PM
Arizona deer hunters can't use rimfires. Centerfire rifles are limited to a 5 round magazine or less, on any action type. I'm pretty sure there isn't a minimum caliber, again, as long as it's a centerfire. Not FMJ rounds allowed.

For archery, any broadhead cutting blade that measures 7/8 of an inch or more. Minimum draw weight 40 pounds. Crossbows require a special license only obtainable by those with a legal handicap of some sort. I'm not sure what the laws are regarding muzzleloaders, shotguns, and handguns; but I know all three are allowed.

Cougar
November 22, 2011, 06:20 PM
Ohio - 'Gun Season' - No rifles. 'Slug shotguns' and handguns of straightwall caliber .357Mag or larger and at least a 6" barrel.

We also have a separate 'primitive weapons' (Black powder) season.

Elkins45
November 22, 2011, 06:39 PM
Kentucky:

Any caliber centerfire rifle or centerfire handgun. But, fire- arms may NOT be able to hold more than 11 rounds (10 in magazine and one in chamber), may NOT be fully-automatic (capable of firing more than one round with one trigger pull), and may NOT be shooting full metal jacketed or tracer bullet ammunition.
• Shotguns, no larger than 10-gauge, shooting slug ammunition (includes saboted bullets) ONLY.

Muzzleloading rifles or hand- guns of any caliber, with flint or percussion ignition (including in-lines), shooting round balls, conical bullets or saboted bullets.
• Muzzleloading firearms equipped with open sights or telescopic sights (scopes).
• Muzzleloading shotguns no larger than 10-gauge, shooting round balls, conical bullets or saboted bullets.

waidmann
November 22, 2011, 07:39 PM
TN is pretty much on par with ND. We dropped a .24 caliber requirement. We used to deny .30 carbine as well. No buckshot, 4" barrels on handguns.

We have/had(?) one county that managed to get a "slugs only" bill through for them only.

Sheepdog1968
November 22, 2011, 09:02 PM
in CA

it's pre-rut.
Since big state have different zones so it rolls out at different times
Each zone has rifle hunting for about 5 weeks
needs to be centerfire
Hunting time is half and hour before dawn and half an hour after sunset
No limit on magazine size for game animals (birds are a 2+1 limitation for the shotgun).
Oddly enough, despite CA being a nanny state, you do NOT need to wear hunter orange

Personally I wear hunter orange but then again I tend to be much more cautious about many things in life.

Sheepdog1968
November 22, 2011, 09:04 PM
Ohio - 'Gun Season' - No rifles. 'Slug shotguns' and handguns of straightwall caliber .357Mag or larger and at least a 6" barrel.

We also have a separate 'primitive weapons' (Black powder) season.
With rifleled barreled shotguns being what they are these days, do folks find this to be a hinderance anymore?

Sheepdog1968
November 22, 2011, 09:08 PM
In states that have energy requirements, how do they enforce those laws?
Out of curiosity, how restricitve are those energy requirements?

Are there certain calibers that start to become borderline?

I often hunt with a 30-30 carbine lever action (16.75" barrel which should retain about 95% of the velocity)

UpTheIrons
November 22, 2011, 11:19 PM
Yup, no rimfires in Texas. All centerfire calibers are legal (.25ACP, really?!?). No laser sights for "game" animals, no magazine capacity restrictions except those for federal migratory birds.

ghitch75
November 22, 2011, 11:39 PM
Indiana....
Shotguns, handguns, rifles with pistol cartridges, muzzleloading long guns and muzzleloading
handguns are legal during the firearms season. Hunters may carry more than one type of legal
firearm when hunting during the firearms season only.

Some cartridges that are legal include the following:
.357 Magnum
.38-40 Winchester
.41 Magnum
.41 Special
.44 Magnum
.44 Special
.44-40 Winchester
.45 Colt
.454 Casull
.458 SOCOM
.480 Ruger
.475 Linebaugh
.50 Action Express
.500 S&W

Timmypage16
November 22, 2011, 11:58 PM
With rifleled barreled shotguns being what they are these days, do folks find this to be a hinderance anymore?

I am from Ohio and I find it a hindrance. I really enjoy rifles and I would like to use them. Considering the accuracy of modern shotgun and inline muzzle-loaders, I see no point not allowing centerfire rifles, even if only straight wall cartridges.

I just want to use my encore with a centerfire cartridge so darn bad and not with the 209x50 barrel.

sKunkT
November 23, 2011, 06:27 PM
Shotguns work great for killing deer, but it's still not a rifle.

303tom
November 23, 2011, 11:54 PM
http://www.sos.mo.gov/adrules/csr/current/3csr/3c10-7.pdf

dancz
November 24, 2011, 03:07 AM
In New Zealand, public land is sometimes different than private. We have seven species of deer, thar, chamois, wild goat and ram, boar/pigs, wild cattle, wild horses, wallaby and a mix of several small game as well. There are no seasons, you are encouraged to hunt year round. There are no limits and the Department of Conservation (DOC) would love you to shoot everything you see from the above list.

There are no calibre restrictions except that in public land under DOC control you are not allowed rimfire or shotgun because those are the choice of poachers shooting our native endangered birds. In DOC land spotlighting is not allowed but other areas are okay. You need a permit to shoot on DOC land but they are free and they like you to send in your kill return.

d2wing
November 24, 2011, 03:35 PM
Even the best slug shotguns do not compare common centerfire rifles for range and effectiveness. We have slug and rifle zones in this state. I've killed many with each. A guy near me was banging away with semi auto slug gun and missed several deer within a 100 yards. Unfortunately that is fairly typical. I got mine at about 40 yards. Not that the best slug guns can't do better. Not many guys go to the expense and punishment of extending the range beyond 75-100 yards. The recoil of a 2100 fps slug hurts and 3 or 4 dollars per shot I gave up at 4 inch groups at 50 yards. 2-300 yard one shot kills are easy with my 7MM RM.

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