Wyoming Elk hunt


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newfalguy101
August 23, 2013, 07:08 PM
I am going elk hunting in Wyoming in December, just a cow/calf tag, but, hey its "supposed" to be an inexpensive trip ( we'll see...."

Anyway, I am hoping there are some Wyoming guys who can enlighten me on the Elk firearm regs, I looked online, and in the book that came with my tag, but, alas, I don't see what I am looking for.

I am planning on using my Savage 99 in .308 as my primary gun, pushing a 165 grain bullet.

My question is whether I can legally use my M-29 .44 as a back-up/coup de grace gun.

The regs do NOT specifically mention handguns in the firearm section, that I could find.

Thanks

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splattergun
August 23, 2013, 07:52 PM
Any center-fire firearm of at least .22 caliber and having a bullet weight of at least sixty (60) grains and firing a cartridge at least two (2) inches in overall length, or any other cartridge of at least .35 caliber and at least one and one-half (1.5) inches in overall length, or a cartridge that generally delivers at least five hundred (500) foot pounds of impact at one hundred (100) yards; and using a lead or expanding point bullet; or,

Any muzzle-loading rifle or any muzzle-loading handgun of at least .40 caliber and firing a lead or expanding point bullet using a charge of at least fifty (50) grains of black powder or its equivalent;

http://gf.state.wy.us/web2011/EDUCATION-1000243.aspx

WYOMan
August 24, 2013, 10:44 AM
Leave the 44 at home. If you need to shoot again, you've already got a rifle. And depending on where you're going and what altitude you will be at, frankly, that extra weight in water will do you more good.

ricebasher302
August 24, 2013, 10:59 AM
Leave the 44 at home. If you need to shoot again, you've already got a rifle. And depending on where you're going and what altitude you will be at, frankly, that extra weight in water will do you more good.

This^^^. Carrying a backup is a fun idea, until you put it into practice. Weight is at a premium. The rifle will be adequate.

Splattergun mistakenly posted the new-for-2013 rules for deer, pronghorn, etc. Regulations for elk are below. Your .308 will be perfect.

Any center-fire firearm of at least .24 caliber and firing a cartridge of at least two (2) inches in overall length, or any other cartridge of at least .35 caliber and at least one and one-half (1.5) inches in overall length, or a cartridge that generally delivers at least five hundred (500) foot pounds of impact at one hundred (100) yards; and using a lead or expanding point bullet; or,

• Any muzzle-loading rifle or any muzzle-loading handgun of at least .40 caliber and firing a lead or expanding point bullet using a charge of at least fifty (50) grains of black powder or its equivalent; or,

• Any shotgun firing "00" or larger buckshot, or a slug.

splattergun
August 26, 2013, 07:12 PM
Thanks for the correction Ricebasher :o

Don McDowell
August 27, 2013, 10:17 AM
Yes you can use your 44 for a "backup" gun. But the most use it's likely to see is popping blugrouse if the season is still open, and if you have a bird license.

Outlaw Man
September 4, 2013, 10:07 AM
Yeah, don't forget you'll be at 6-7,000 feet. I don't know what part of Nebraska you're from, but for this lowlander, that makes for some long hikes. I wouldn't carry anything extra.

The rifle sounds like a good choice.

newfalguy101
September 4, 2013, 06:43 PM
thanks guys

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