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What I don't get is, In Ohio and a few other states you can hunt coyotes or even squirels with an elephant rifle if you want but deer only with a shot gun? Go figure!

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from pudgexl29 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Same here in MI

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Gun season in Ohio is bad enough without the extended range of rifle bullets.

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from Trapper Vic wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from IND_NRA wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

During coyote and squirrel season their rand hundreds of hunters in close proximity to each other.

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Ya'll need to get together and Change the Law's in your State.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from ITHACASXS wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from Kenton wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Yep, it doesnt make sense... you can use in-line muzzleloaders that have extended ranges but no rifles...

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

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.

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from Ron16701 wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Most likely because you'll never see an elephant in the woods in Ohio!

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from ITHACASXS wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from IND_NRA wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Ya'll need to get together and Change the Law's in your State.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from Kenton wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Yep, it doesnt make sense... you can use in-line muzzleloaders that have extended ranges but no rifles...

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from pudgexl29 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Same here in MI

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

Gun season in Ohio is bad enough without the extended range of rifle bullets.

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from Trapper Vic wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

During coyote and squirrel season their rand hundreds of hunters in close proximity to each other.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 26 weeks ago

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.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 25 weeks ago

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.

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from Ron16701 wrote 1 year 24 weeks ago

Most likely because you'll never see an elephant in the woods in Ohio!

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