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Carry While Hunting? Handgunlaw.us Seeking Information

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Gary Slider, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Gary Slider

    Gary Slider Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    West Virginia
    Carry While Hunting? Handgunlaw.us Seeking Information (Edited)

    Thanks to everyone who has assisted Handgunlaw.us with this Information. It has saved me hours of searching. I have been confirming the information and have info on all the states except for those listed below. I have not been researching states without any info yet. Still confirming. Some will have no law saying you can't. Laws mainly say what you can't do. There are a few states that people have told me Yes you can but I can't confirm it. These may be states that don't have any law against it. It will take a few weeks to sort through it all and get it added to the state pages then more time to get the new pages uploaded to the site.

    Again "Thank You!" You have saved me a lot of time. When I know where to look it makes it so much easier.

    Here is Info I am not sure about or have not researched yet!

    Montana Yes? DNR (I can find nothing in MT law/regs that says you can't)

    Idaho No During Primitive Weapons Season. Unknown at other times. (Can't find anything saying you can't at other times. Idaho Fish & Game Hunting Regulations

    Alaska Yes? No Law found stating you couldn't. Knowing AK you most likely can. Still Looking.

    Kentucky Yes? But not doing Bow or Muzzle Loading seasons. Look Up ???????????????? Can't find this.

    Missouri YES ????? Might not be any law. Can't find anything.

    Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, New Hampshire, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico

    Here is what I have that will go on State Pages. The URL's listed will also be posted on those state pages.

    Is Carrying of a Concealed Firearm with Permit/License
    for Defensive Purposes Only While Hunting Legal?

    Kansas Yes 32-1002. (3)

    Texas Yes (No Law/Reg)

    Michigan Yes (St. of MI Hunting & Trapping Digest)

    Utah Yes 76-10-504 (5) & Admin Rule R657-5-11

    Ohio Yes Hunting & Fishing Regulations

    Florida Yes 790.25 (3)

    Nebraska Yes NE Big Game Guide (But not while Bow Hunting)

    Massachusetts No (MA Dept of Fish & Wildlife Regs)

    Washington Yes RCW 9.41.060 & WAC 232-12-054 & WAC 232-12-051

    South Carolina Yes SECTION 16-23-20

    Pennsylvania Yes PA Hunting & Trapping Digest & PA Statutes Sec. 2525

    Georgia Yes O.C.G.A. § 27-3-1.1 & 27-3-6

    New York In Most Instances No (See Regulations) http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8305.html

    Oregon Yes OR Dept of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Resources

    Connecticut In Most Instances No See DEP Hunting Laws & Regs http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2700&q=468028&depNav_GID=1633#FARMS

    Vermont Yes Except When Turkey Hunting (VT Fish & Wildlife Guide) http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/li...Hunting Fishing & Trapping Laws (no maps).pdf

    Alabama No In Most Instances. See AL Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Reg 220-2

    Minnesota Yes Except when Hunting Deer with a Bow & Shining. Some Refuges Prohibit Handguns. See MN Statute 97B.211 & MN Hunting & Trapping Regulations Handbook

    Michigan Yes DNR Hunting & Trapping Digest

    North Dakota: Yes 62.1-02-10 & ND Game & Fish Hunting Regulations Guide

    Virginia Yes § 18.2-308 & VA Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries General Information & Hunting Regulations

    California Yes 12027(g)

    Nevada Yes But not while Bow Hunting or Muzzle Loading Hunting. NAC 503.144 & NAC 503.142

    Arizona Yes Except When Bow & Muzzle Loading Hunting R12-4-318 AZ Game & Fish Dept Hunting/Trapping Regs

    Arkansas Yes 07.04 AR Game & Fish Comm. Code Book & the AR G&FC Gen Hunting Regulations

    Maine Yes Except when Bow Hunting St of Maine Hunting and Trapping Laws and Rules

    Tennessee - Yes TN Wildlife Resources Agency Hunting and Trapping Guide.

    West Virginia Yes WV Dept of Nat Resources General Regulations

    Indiana Yes IN DNR Deer, Turkey and Hunting/Trapping Guides

    Louisiana Yes Except During Deer Bow Season & Turkey Season LA Wildlife & Fisheries Hunting Regulations

    Mississippi I can find nothing mentioning Concealed Carry while hunting in MS Hunting Regs.

    North Carolina Yes Except when Bow or Muzzle Loader Hunting. Only 22 LR handguns can be carried on Game Lands.
    NC Inland Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Regulation Digest

    Handgunlaw.us is going to add info on carrying concealed with your self defense firearm with a permit/license while hunting. Is this legal in your state? A link or Alpha/Numeric citation from your state laws or Regulations would be greatly appreciated if the answer is either yes or no. I believe most of the Laws/Regs on this will be in the game laws. I can find the info but it saves me a tremendous amount of time if I know exactly where to look. Plus I like to give the Alpha/Numeric Citation so people can look up the law and confirm it. Any assistance you could give Handgunlaw.us would be greatly appreciated.

    This info will be listed in the Misc Information Section like this:

    Carrying of Concealed Firearm with Permit/License While Hunting? YES or NO (With Law/Reg Alpha/Numeric Citation)

    If there are any stipulations like, not when Bow Hunting Etc., it will be listed also.

    Thank you for your help. It is very much appreciated.
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011
  2. TexasRifleman

    TexasRifleman Moderator Emeritus

    Feb 16, 2003
    Ft. Worth
    In Texas it is not mentioned at all really, which means it's legal. Well, one spot in the Archery hunting regs:

    The TX Hunting Regulations section "Means and Methods" discusses firearms and there is no mention. Under the Archery section it specifically allows for carrying concealed with a permit.


    There is nothing in the Penal or Administrative code.


    TX Carrying of Concealed Firearm with Permit/License While Hunting? YES

    Cite: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/hunt/means/
  3. PapaG

    PapaG Participating Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Of course here in the Republik of Illinois, concealed carry is legal only on your own property or if you are a Chikago alderman or mayor. The game laws spell it out also in most cases. For example, while bowhunting, no other weapon may be carried..period. It is a little fuzzy on shotgun/muzzleloader hunting as more than one "legal" gun may be carried but handguns cannot be concealed.
    I carry on my farm but not while bowhunting....the late evening treks back from the stand are a little rattling when the yotes are howling.
  4. rule303

    rule303 Participating Member

    Dec 5, 2010
    In MN carrying ANY firearm during archery season (except bear) is prohibited. While firearm hunting, CC is ok. Also, I believe it is against federal law to possess a handgun while hunting migaratory waterfowl.
  5. wgp

    wgp Active Member

    Aug 26, 2009

    KSA 21-4201: carrying concealed firearm is criminal offense except for those with a concealed carry permit or "licensed hunters or fishermen, while engaged in hunting or fishing".

    Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks regulations have always prohibited possession of any firearm while bowhunting, but new Senate Bill 152 (SB 152, effective 7-1-2011) will allow holders of a valid carry permit to carry while bowhunting (but not hunt with the firearm).

    KDWP regulations have also in the past prohibited carry of any firearm while hunting "big game" that is not legal for "taking" the "big game" being hunted. SB 152 will also change that to allow holders of a carry permit to carry a firearm that is not legal for "taking" the game being hunted. You will have to be in compliance with the concealed carry permit, which only allows handguns. We presume you will not be allowed to "take" the big game you are hunting with a firearm that is not allowed for that game (example, you can't "take" a deer with a 9mm).

    By the way, SB 152 will also permit legally-owned suppressors for hunting.
  6. test drive

    test drive New Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    In S.C you can open cary to,while,and returning from hunting.
  7. Loosedhorse

    Loosedhorse member

    Aug 4, 2008
    eastern Massachusetts
    Firearms except shotguns not allowed during shotgun season, nor during quail and pheasant seasons on stocked Wildlife Management Areas. No firearms at all allowed during exclusive archery deer season, and only primitive firearms during primitive firearms seasons.

    Also prohibited: possession of:
    By the way, despite mathematics, it is not clear whether .357 is considered "larger than .38 caliber" or not; I suspect it is.


    As I remember, and as this older set of regs from 2002 seems to confirm, the .38 or smaller pistols used to be more widely allowed, but that seems to have changed, and perhaps be different in the western vs central and eastern parts of the Commonwealth.

    Last edited: Apr 8, 2011
  8. newbuckeye

    newbuckeye Member

    Mar 9, 2011
    Ohio, yes.

    Ohio DNR regs say

    "A person possessing a valid Ohio-issued Concealed Carry license may carry their concealed weapon while hunting, but it may not be used to shoot, shoot at, or kill any wild animal. For more information go to www.ag.state.oh.us."

    1501:31-15-02(J) General hunting and trapping provisions.

    (J) It shall be unlawful to carry any firearm or weapon unless displayed and visible on the outermost garment, and only when carried in accordance with the Revised Code. Persons possessing a valid Ohio concealed carry license issued pursuant to sections 2923.125 and 2923.123 of the Revised Code or a valid conceal carry license from a state with a reciprocity agreement with Ohio to carry concealed handguns, or who comply with federal legislation HR218, “The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004” are exempted.

    Link http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/1501:31-15
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2011
  9. content

    content Senior Member

    Jul 27, 2009
    South Carolina, born in Valley Forge Pa.
    Hello friends and neighbors// I called SC DNR and asked about problems carrying my 442 during Bow Season.

    "As long as you have a hunting license and a CWP ,No problem", was her response.
  10. wishin

    wishin Senior Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    In Georgia:

    O.C.G.A. § 16-11-126
    Possession and carrying a concealed weapon; penalty for violating licensing requirement

    O.C.G.A. § 27-3-6
    Possession of firearm while hunting with bow and arrow

    O.C.G.A. § 27-3-1.1
    Acts prohibited on wildlife management areas

    It shall be unlawful for any person on any wildlife management area owned or operated by the department:

  11. bhk

    bhk Participating Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Wooded acreage in rural midwest
    In Missouri, you have been able to carry a concealed handgun while hunting if you have an otherwise exposed firearm while in the act of hunting. This was the case even before we had concealed carry permits (571.030 RSMo, subsection 3).

    It has been illegal to carry a concealed handgun while bowhunting, but this regulation has been recently changed to allow leos and those with ccws to carry concealed handguns for person protection while bowhunting NEXT year (Fall 2011) (3CSR 10-7.432,1.A of the Missouri Wildlife Code).
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2011
  12. dmazur

    dmazur Senior Member

    Apr 28, 2007
    Pacific NW
    For Washington State (from the hunting regulations) -

    There is a similar provision for archery seasons.

    This regulation is relatively new. Prior to the change, Washington State did not allow carrying a modern handgun for personal protection while hunting during muzzleloader season or archery season.

    I still read comments about using a handgun for dispatching a wounded animal "to prevent needless suffering" and the folks writing these things are just plain wrong. While it may appear to be a good idea, it is an excluded use and should be honored as such.

    TYFOOON New Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    In Oregon we can open carry anywhere but Portland and I think maybe one or two other cities. I live in Bend, OR and regulary open carry in the city and in the woods. Certainly while hunting.

  14. 41

    41 Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    I've been trying to find Alabama's law for you. I've always heard that it is illegal to carry a pistol while bow hunting, but I can't find a law that says that. I'm not sure about carrying while hunting with a firearm.

    If anyone can find the law or has anymore info please let me know.
  15. Mountie855

    Mountie855 New Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Maine Firearms Law- Hunting


    See Pg 33 of Hunting Rules:

    "Carrying concealed firearms: A permit is required to carry a concealed firearm in Maine, except that licensed hunters and trappers are exempt while engaged in these activities; the latter provision does not authorize the carrying of a concealed or loaded firearm in a motor vehicle. Some town offices or city halls issue these permits to residents. If not, contact Maine State Police. Nonresidents may obtain concealed weapons permits from the chief of the Maine State Police: (207) 624-7210."

    "Deer hunting: No firearm may be used which uses .17 or .22 caliber rimfire cartridges, except .22 magnum. No firearms of
    any kind may be carried while hunting deer with a bow and arrow during the special archery season on deer and the expanded
    archery season on deer, except that a person who also holds a license that allows hunting with firearms may carry a handgun. but it
    cannot be used to shoot a deer or dispatch a wounded deer."

    And thanks for your site- a great service to firearms owners!
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2011
  16. armedwalleye

    armedwalleye Member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Central MN
    MN law

    Here is a cite from MN BCA website, with the statute cite. Note the second item from the bottom re: carry while bowhunting. Hope this helps.

    24. Where am I prohibited from carrying my pistol?

    School property
    A childcare center while children are present
    Public colleges and universities – may have policy restricting the carrying of weapons on their premises by employees and students while on campus
    Private establishments that have posted a sign banning guns on their premises
    Private establishments who have personally informed the permit holder that guns are prohibited and demands compliance
    Places of employment, public or private, if employer restricts the carry or possession of firearms by is employees
    State correctional facilities or state hospitals and grounds (MN Statute 243.55)
    Any jail, lockup or correctional facility (MN Statute 641.165)
    Courthouse complexes, unless the sheriff is notified (MN Statute 609.66)
    Offices and courtrooms of the Minnesota Supreme Court and Court of Appeals
    Any state building unless the commissioner of public safety is notified (MN Statute 609.66)
    In a field while hunting big game by archery, except when hunting bear (MN Statute 97B.211)
    In federal court facilities or other federal facilities (Title 18 U.S.C.§ 930)
  17. Gary Slider

    Gary Slider Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    West Virginia
  18. Gary Slider

    Gary Slider Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    West Virginia

    I even have that same cite on the MN page at Handgunlaw.us I looked after you posted it. I don't remember seeing that. It would have been the last place I looked. But taking care of all the states I can't see everything. You saved me a whole lot of time and energy. Much Appreicated.
  19. 41

    41 Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    I may be mistaken (which is entirely possible), but I believe that this regulation only gives a person permission to carry a concealed firearm inside of a WMA during non hunting seasons.

    I don't see where it allows concealed carry while hunting

    It also appears that in section 220-2-.55 (P) that it is illegal to for anyone to possess any firearm while bow hunting on a WMA outside of a gun deer season.

    I can't find any thing on private land though.
  20. Gary Slider

    Gary Slider Member

    Apr 6, 2006
    West Virginia
    41 You are correct. I looked back and I have WMA's Off Limits on the AL page. 220-2-10 says it even better. There is only one time you can have a firearm and bow. Thanks for pointing that out.

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