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Old August 7, 2014, 02:19 AM   #1
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Quick question regarding the use of an MSR/AR15 for hunting coyotes. I read through the 2014 hunting regs, and I couldn't find anything prohibiting the use of an MSR. Wanted to check and make sure I was correct, and it's perfectly legal to use one. I also didn't find anything restricting number of rounds in a magazine (except in regards to the three rounds in a shotgun when hunting birds). So it's legal to use an AR15 to hunt coyotes, and also to be using a 30-round magazine at the time. Correct?

I know page 80 restricts big game hunting (except cougar) to .224 (6mm) or larger caliber, which obviously prohibits .223 for deer. My question is about hunting coyotes. Thanks in advance.
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Old August 7, 2014, 05:30 AM   #2
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Would they ban a delivery system rather than caliber?
I'll be watching this one, pretty interesting.
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Old August 7, 2014, 03:07 PM   #3
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Like I said, I don't think it's illegal to hunt with an AR15, I was just looking for someone who's lived here longer than me to verify it. I do know that there are (or at least were) certain states where it's illegal to hunt with an AR, and certainly many states that prohibit hunting with 30-round magazines, even if using an AR15 is legal. Arizona, where I recently moved from, just removed the prohibition on hunting with 30-round mags in the last year.
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Old August 7, 2014, 10:12 PM   #4
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If you're concerned you should call Olympia to confirm. I know several guys here on the dry side that use ARs with high cap mags for coyotes.
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Old August 11, 2014, 04:07 PM   #5
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You can hunt coyotes with belt fed 50 (Semi) if you felt like it in washington... there is no mag restrictions or rifle restrictions for hunting except no full autos rocket launchers etc. ONLY Caliber restrictions is on migratory fowl, And big game. Hope that helps
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Old August 17, 2014, 03:28 AM   #6
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http://wdfw.wa.gov/help/questions/11...ame+hunting%3F
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Old August 18, 2014, 02:53 AM   #7
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um...224 is the caliber used in the AR15 and is not 6mm, 6mm is .243.
EDIT: read the pamphlet. they state 24 cal, not .224. 24 cal is 6mm or 243 so yes, ar15 is illegal for deer unless you get a 6x45mm upper or larger.
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Old August 18, 2014, 06:23 AM   #8
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I've heard of caliber restrictions, magazine restrictions, etc...but have never heard of a law that specifically bans the use of the AR-15 for hunting purposes, so long as it meets other legal requirements. In SD, for example, the .223 is legal to hunt deer with, but in order to use my AR-15, I'm restricted to 5 round mags.
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Old August 18, 2014, 05:12 PM   #9
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um...224 is the caliber used in the AR15 and is not 6mm, 6mm is .243.
Thanks for the correction, duly noted. Not sure what I was thinking when I said .224 is 6mm. Might have been a typo where I hit the "2" twice, might have been having a moment of stupidity. Not going to pretend it's one or the other; I don't remember and it doesn't matter anyway.
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EDIT: read the pamphlet. they state 24 cal, not .224. 24 cal is 6mm or 243 so yes, ar15 is illegal for deer unless you get a 6x45mm upper or larger.
Thanks. The question was not about hunting deer. I stated in the OP that I know 6mm is the minimum caliber for big game, "which obviously prohibits .223 for deer. My question is about hunting coyotes."

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I've ... never heard of a law that specifically bans the use of the AR-15 for hunting purposes
Me neither, but there have been several states that prohibited the use of semi-automatic rifles until recently (after posting this thread, I learned that Pennsylvania and Delaware are the only two states where semi-auto rifles are still illegal for hunting purposes). I grew up in Washington state but never hunted here. I expected to find that semi-auto rifles would be restricted, and wanted to be sure I hadn't missed it somewhere.

Thoroughly answered; thanks guys.
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