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Deer w/Laser

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Logos, Jun 28, 2007.

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  1. Logos

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    Anybody here have any experience or heard anything about hunting deer with a handgun equipped with laser sights?

    I assume in very cold weather you would have to keep the gun inside your coat until use because of the batteries, but I can't think of any other problems specific to this sighting system.
     
  2. DogBonz

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    In some states

    it is illegal to use a laser for hunting.
     
  3. jmorris

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    Do they work, yes. Are they practical, no.
     
  4. Logos

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    Can you give a little more detail as to why they're not practical?
     
  5. wolf_from_wv

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    In West Virginia:
    - you can hunt with a handgun larger than .357 or bottleneck over .24
    - you cannot use laser sights
    - handgun MUST be worn outside of any clothes/coats
    - you can CCW if you have a permit

    You would probably have to wear it unconcealed. If it is legal to hunt with, maybe you could sew a pouch on the outside of the holster and put a handwarmer in it... Can you see the laser dot on a deer?
     
  6. ArmedBear

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    It's also illegal in California. I'd guess our laws are somewhat typical. If anything, most states seem to have much stricter limits on hunting equipment.

    Note that here you are allowed to hunt deer, pigs, even bear with ANY centerfire handgun, even a .32 S&W snubbie, as long as you don't use FMJ bullets. For elk, you must have at least a 4" barrel on your handgun, but ANY centerfire caliber is legal.

    You can legally hunt elk with a .22 Hornet. AFAIK there's no magazine size limit for hunting big game with a semiauto rifle or carbine, either. This doesn't mean it's particularly wise to hunt bear with a .32 caliber snubbie, or ethical to hunt elk with a .22 Hornet. In fact, it's downright WRONG to do either. But there's no law against it:p

    Bottom line, our regulations are FAR more lax than many states.

    Still, laser sights are banned for big game hunting, to wit:

     
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  7. NRA4LIFE

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    I would be surprised if it is legal anywhere.
     
  8. Logos

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    Be surprised.

    It's legal in MN.

    I don't see why it would be made illegal. It doesn't offer any unfair advantage.
     
  9. USMC - Retired

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    I'n most places the laws that prohibit "spotlighting" also cover lasers because what your are doing is shining a light on the animal. Most states laws don't differentiate between a laser light and any other form.
     
  10. RubenZ

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    How about learn to aim :) instead of taking an easy way out.
     
  11. Logos

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    Well, I can aim ok.....it's just that when you get older your sight picture is not as crystal clear as when you were younger.

    The laser puts older folks back on an even playing field with the younger eyes.

    It's better for the deer, too. The more precision you have, the better off you are.
     
  12. ArmedBear

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    If it offered no advantage, then why would anyone buy one?

    "Unfair" is an arbitrary, though not invalid, judgment call, just like hunting seasons. It's a balancing act to conserve the deer population while harvesting deer from it.

    Jackrabbits here are open season all year and no limits. If we had as many deer...:)
     
  13. Logos

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    Now here......we have very few jackrabbits and huge numbers of deer.

    Go figure.

    Anyhow, it hasn't been addressed in MN law and I doubt if it will be. We're more laid-back than some states.

    I was hoping to hear from somebody who had experience using a laser sight when hunting.....guess it's too new and also illegal in some places.
     
  14. plexreticle

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    I'm curious how well a laser would reflect off a deer's shoulder. Could you even see it at any distance?
     
  15. RubenZ

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    Good point. When I play around with laser points on my cats you really can't see it well on them. The Fur breaks it up too much.
     
  16. Logos

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    Well, deer (at least big ones) are usually shot at dawn or dusk. The CTCs are powerful lasers and I suspect it will show up well under those conditions. I will have 50 yards as a limit anyway.
     
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    If aiming is that bad then get a reflex sight, or a scope for your handgun. Personally I wouldn't hunt using either, but what ever floats you boat and doesn't get you sunk by the local game warden.
     
  18. jmorris

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    IMO not practical: I set my father up with a .22 rifle using CB caps to dispatch rabbits eating my moms flowers. It is equipped with a laser, light and a 1.5-4X scope (to cover all of the bases). While the laser does work it is slowest method to use for sighting, and that’s at night. During day light hours it takes even longer, especially at longer ranges, to acquire the “dot”, then drive it around to the target. You would have much better luck with an Aimpoint or a Cmore, if you need a dot to look at.
     
  19. Yosemite**Sam

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    I'll agree with JMORRIS. I personally like the EOTECH and it is much more parctical.
     
  20. Guncrazy45

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    Hmm...what about an IR laser?

    If a laser targets a deer in the forest, but there's nobody who can see it, does it make a light?

    ***EDIT***

    Oops, it looks like ArmedBear has that covered...
     
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  21. Alphazulu6

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    Lasers are determined "unsportsman-like" in many fish and game restricted areas. It does offer a great advantage just like they are not allowed in competition shooting sports (well most sanctioned matches).

    I just use it on my glock for my home defense firearm though for some reason alot of people think that they are worthless on any firearm. I obviously would have to disagree! It takes practice but like point shooting, positive feedback on the target with a blinking light always helps :D

    I do however do use a scope to hunt with :D
     
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    Please post where such an item is available for sale to the public.
     
  23. ShootinDave

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    Unless the need to "ninja hunt" a deer is too great, I would point to a quality red dot and pretend it is projecting a scary beem onto the unsuspecting doe.
     
  24. Logos

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    While cheap lasers may indeed be hard to use, the Crimson Trace is about as practical as a sighting system can be. Target acquisition is very fast and easy with the bright dot on this sight.

    I think there may be a lot of confusion over lasers as they are still new to most people......and those who set hunting regs may also see new technology as threatening or too "different"......and with some enforcement people--anything new is bad and should be illegal.

    But.....that will soon change, I think.

    I have to laugh when I compare this to how some old hunters said scopes were impractical back in the fifties.
     
  25. hounddog

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    done it....Maybe....

    If it had been legal....I guess I could have used a lasermax integral laser on a Glock 22 to shoot a deer at 15 yards. :evil: In low light situations, dusk, dawn, the laser shows up very well on a deers shoulder. Deer, in my experience, do not pay any attention what so ever to that little red dot. Some state recently legalized lasers for blind hunters, so hunting guide could help them place their shot.
     
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