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Wyoming Elk hunt

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by newfalguy101, Aug 23, 2013.

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  1. newfalguy101

    newfalguy101 Member

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    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.

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    looks like your .44 should work

    • 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
     
  3. WYOMan

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Thanks for the correction Ricebasher :eek:
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  8. newfalguy101

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    thanks guys
     
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