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Question by Trapper Vic. Uploaded on October 18, 2012
Same here in MI
Gun season in Ohio is bad enough without the extended range of rifle bullets.
buckhunter so its ok to shoot your 300 win at coyotes all year long? At least during gun season for deer I can wear orange and crawl back and forth to my truck with some safty, but when I hear a high powered rifle at midnight I get alittle nervous.
In Indiana we have deer depredation permits, and you can use any caliber rifle you want during the summer and early fall, but the permits stop right before deer season starts. No matter what state you reside in when gun season starts there is alot of lead flying around.
During coyote and squirrel season their rand hundreds of hunters in close proximity to each other.
Ya'll need to get together and Change the Law's in your State.
same deal in MI, i hunt coyote with a 22-250 as long as its not during the general gun season for deer. odd laws, i assume its because they dont want the woods loaded with guys firing high powered rifles in areas of the state where the populations are higher.
In the southern zone of New York, it was like that for many years. You could blast away at woodchucks (and other things) with any high-powered rifle your heart desired, but deer had to shot with slug loaded shotguns.That has changed somewhat from county to county. The reason for the old rule, I believe, was that the numbers of deer hunters was countless, and the shooting was non-stop during opening week, along with the belief that rifle bullets were more dangerous because they traveled farther. The ''more dangerous'' notion has been debunked, but many farmers/landowners still hate the thought of high-powered bullets zooming across their fields and roads.
Yep, it doesnt make sense... you can use in-line muzzleloaders that have extended ranges but no rifles...
I could never figure that out either. A hunter from Ohio can't deer hunt with a rifle but can cross the river into WV and hunt with a rifle for the entire deer season. I think that we here in WV are one of the few states where rifles are legal for turkeys in the spring. If it is legal to hunt for here in WV you can hunt it with a rifle.
I've hunted Illinois, and my opinion is that it was so easy to get deer within gun range that if you hunted them with high-powered rifles hunters could put a hurtin' on them easily. Heck, if we were hunting with shotguns each one of the 3 hunters in my party would have tagged out on 130+ class bucks in 3 days. At least muzzle loaders and shotguns limit the range to about 100 yards...200 yards if you're proficient with your firearm.
I personally believe that state laws like this are derived from a perception that hunters are less likely to be shot with an errant shot from a shotgun than with a rifle. I don't agree with this myself.
I used to hunt with a rifle in most timbers but had a neighbor that believed this. Consiquently he only allowed shotgun hunting on his property for hunter safety. I quit hunting his property REAL quick. I found lines of shotgun shooters stomping through the woods and emptying their shotgun at every deer that passed. It was seldom that a shotgun put a deer down on the spot. Most deer had at least a half dozen holes in them by the time they died. There was so much lead flying, I couldn't stand it.
In the rifle timbers, there was generally one shot per deer and the deer died on the spot. Very little errant lead flying. You could hear an occassional shot in the rifle timbers but the shotgun timber sounded like the 4th of July in Beruit.
Most likely because you'll never see an elephant in the woods in Ohio!
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