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Why do some states only allow you to hunt with shotguns? I live in michgan and my zone is a shotgun only zone so i was wondering why they do this.

Question by thunderdog512. Uploaded on January 21, 2010

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from kyle wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I believe its for safety in the open land. Shot guns do not travel as far as rifles.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

kyle is right!

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

It is for safety reasons. Here in PA we have some area that is shotgun only and it is because there are too many houses and buildings in those areas. So they allow the shotguns because as said above they don't travel as far.

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from JayAquino wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Kyle is probably right. If the area is prime for hunters or near houses, people have a risk of getting tagged with a 450 thumper. they probably would prefer the light sprinkle of under-velocity buck-shot

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Typically it is due to population density. Shotguns are perceived to be safer due to their perceived short range characteristics. Check out the ballistics on some of the new slug guns and ammo and one might think again!

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from Teodoro wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I've seen it done for both reasons. Some very flat areas in Eastern N.C. are shotgun-only, or rifles only from elevated platforms above a certain height. Penna. is more population-based, I believe.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Your partially right.
first, the centerfire rifle is only good for the north zone during DEER season.
second, rimfires are good all over state of MI.
third, you can use a centerfire rifle in the shotgun zone (*see midnr map) for VARMIT hunting at any time other then the 2 week deer gun season NOV 15-30.

YES this is due to the distances that are in close proximity to buildings, plus most of your state land here in MI is north past the imaginery line. It starts over by Standish and goes towards Muskegan.
But hey with all the great slug barrels and muzzleloaders why fret??

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

All of these answers are correct: 1. Shotguns dont travel far 2. The game in the area is hunted with a shotgun.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

The species homosapien has exceeded the carrying capacity of its habitat.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I dont know why I got a -1 and I do not care, but if your from Michigan and debating the use of a centerfire for varmits, check your rules, I might be off on the landmarks of the shotgun/rifle zone but then again I always consult a map when in doubt.

good luck

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

matt ill break you even good post,'

but for the question at hand it is because some states are more open/heavily populated, or the terrain allows for bullets to lack backstops, all of ohio is shotgun or muzzleloader only.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

hey tbogg10

kudos! so what do you use shotgun or muzzleloader or both?? we have such a wide season we get to use both with the muzzleloasder being last.
Doesnt Iowa have same rules as Ohio?

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Oh I forgot to add you can only use a rimfire at night while varmit hunting a .22 or smaller

I hope you try it it is FUN.

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from kyle wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I believe its for safety in the open land. Shot guns do not travel as far as rifles.

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from firehawk532 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

It is for safety reasons. Here in PA we have some area that is shotgun only and it is because there are too many houses and buildings in those areas. So they allow the shotguns because as said above they don't travel as far.

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from JayAquino wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Kyle is probably right. If the area is prime for hunters or near houses, people have a risk of getting tagged with a 450 thumper. they probably would prefer the light sprinkle of under-velocity buck-shot

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Typically it is due to population density. Shotguns are perceived to be safer due to their perceived short range characteristics. Check out the ballistics on some of the new slug guns and ammo and one might think again!

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from Teodoro wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I've seen it done for both reasons. Some very flat areas in Eastern N.C. are shotgun-only, or rifles only from elevated platforms above a certain height. Penna. is more population-based, I believe.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

The species homosapien has exceeded the carrying capacity of its habitat.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

kyle is right!

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Your partially right.
first, the centerfire rifle is only good for the north zone during DEER season.
second, rimfires are good all over state of MI.
third, you can use a centerfire rifle in the shotgun zone (*see midnr map) for VARMIT hunting at any time other then the 2 week deer gun season NOV 15-30.

YES this is due to the distances that are in close proximity to buildings, plus most of your state land here in MI is north past the imaginery line. It starts over by Standish and goes towards Muskegan.
But hey with all the great slug barrels and muzzleloaders why fret??

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from fisherman14 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

All of these answers are correct: 1. Shotguns dont travel far 2. The game in the area is hunted with a shotgun.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

I dont know why I got a -1 and I do not care, but if your from Michigan and debating the use of a centerfire for varmits, check your rules, I might be off on the landmarks of the shotgun/rifle zone but then again I always consult a map when in doubt.

good luck

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

matt ill break you even good post,'

but for the question at hand it is because some states are more open/heavily populated, or the terrain allows for bullets to lack backstops, all of ohio is shotgun or muzzleloader only.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

hey tbogg10

kudos! so what do you use shotgun or muzzleloader or both?? we have such a wide season we get to use both with the muzzleloasder being last.
Doesnt Iowa have same rules as Ohio?

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

Oh I forgot to add you can only use a rimfire at night while varmit hunting a .22 or smaller

I hope you try it it is FUN.

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