States with favorable air gun laws?

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    TedV
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    The TN Wildlife Resource Association is accepting input for 2016-2017 hunting regulations until Feb 15th according to their web page. https://www.tn.gov/twra/news/23478.

    Currently we can target shoot paper with whatever we want in a safe manner. Air riffle hunting is limited to small game with a max caliber of .25. You can shoot rabbit and squirrel with any centerfire rifle. .50 BMG for squirrel anyone??? Some regulations don’t make sense.

    I’ve failed with my google search in finding a state with regulations for air riffle that are simple and effective to send in to TWRA to reference. Did I mention lots of regulations don’t make sense? I might not be searching the proper leagal-ease wording.

    I welcome any ideas on what to send in.

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    bo.falcon
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    Would be nice to add turkey to the list of legal game

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    Alan
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    Here is the wording New Mexico has. I should add that rabbits (all kinds), all non-game species (fox, coyote, prairie dogs, etc.), and non-protected species (primarily feral hogs), can (now) all be taken with pellets guns. 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 2, 2014HUNTING SEASONS OPEN FOR DOVES, GROUSE, SQUIRRELS, BAND-TAILED PIGEONS;
    PELLET GUNS APPROVED FOR COLLARED DOVES, GROUSE, SQUIRRELSSANTA FE – Hunting seasons opened Sept. 1 in New Mexico for doves, grouse, squirrels and band-tailed pigeons, with some rule changes that provide more hunting opportunities.Beginning this year, .177 caliber or larger pellet guns are among the legal sporting arms for Eurasian collared doves, dusky grouse and squirrels. The State Game Commission approved the change Aug. 28 to give hunters more opportunities to bag those species, partly due to the ongoing shortage of .22-caliber ammunition.The Game Commission also increased the hunting season for Eurasian collared doves – an invasive, non-native species – to year-round with no bag limit. Hunters must leave one wing attached to each collared dove while in the field so conservation officers can differentiate the birds from white-winged or mourning doves, which have a bag limit of 15 birds a day.Eurasian collared doves are identified by the distinct black and white collar on the back of their neck.For more details about hunting small game and waterfowl in New Mexico, please visit the Department of Game and Fish website, http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us, rules and information booklets are available that include maps, season dates, bag limits and more. Information also is available by calling toll-free (888) 248-6866.

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    spysir
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     Good luck with whomever is in charge in TN.
    Just last year they rewrote to laws to specifically tighten up rules regarding airguns.  Some people were ( self ) interpreting the TN law to say a big-bore airgun was legal for Deer IF it was a muzzle loader and it seems the Go0vt. wanted to make it very clear airguns may NOT be used. 12 month’s after they went to the effort to re-write the law making airguns illegal may not be the best/easiest time to seek change. They are WELL aware of what a modern big-bore is capable of which is likely why they restricted airguns for hunting ” small game” to .25 & under.

     Now about those darn Turkeys ( the animal we hunt ) that run in packs numbering over 100 and DISTROY everything in their path, a limit of 1 ( one ) really, and shotgun only????????    So first you have to fire a shot to scare bthem up/off/away a bit, then when you think the spread pattern will be dispersed enough  – and the turkeys are dispersed enough)  that you wont hit 5 by accident you can fire.     An airgun and a head shot certainly makes since for turkey, but it wont be allowed.

    John

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    Goodtogo
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    It will be nice when some of the hunting laws are changed? And air guns jump in power month to month? But for now I can order one and it comes to my door. I wonder if in the future we will have to have it delivered to our local ffl like I do my powder burners?

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    danhor7
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    “Goodtogo”It will be nice when some of the hunting laws are changed? And air guns jump in power month to month? But for now I can order one and it comes to my door. I wonder if in the future we will have to have it delivered to our local ffl like I do my powder burners?

    
Illinois is a bit silly with regulations on gun sales. You know, Obama’s home town Chicago.  We’re required to have a F.O.Id  Firearms Owner Identification to purchase guns or ammunition and that includes air guns over a certain power.  Not exactly sure where the cutoff is, but Pyramid Air wouldn’t sell me a spring rifle because of it.

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    ClearedHot
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    Don’t overlook the favorable airgun laws Arizona proffers. Not that long ago changed to even allow big bores to take a large assortment of big game, including cougar and bear. It’s enough to make this poor sod want to take a second retirement and get my butt back out west. 

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    UpTheHill
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    Maine state law for hunting defines airguns as  firearm. title 12 section 21.
    http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/statutes/12/title12sec10001.html

    you can anything with an airgun that you can with a centerfire.

     

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    alex2865
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    I hear that Arizona.is the first state to allow huntg in all Categories.it depends on size and Calibre.alex

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    Ransom
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    MO now allows hunting deer with 45 or larger PCPs and all air guns for small game except duck goose and turkey.

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    “danhor7”

    “Goodtogo”It will be nice when some of the hunting laws are changed? And air guns jump in power month to month? But for now I can order one and it comes to my door. I wonder if in the future we will have to have it delivered to our local ffl like I do my powder burners?

    
Illinois is a bit silly with regulations on gun sales. You know, Obama’s home town Chicago.  We’re required to have a F.O.Id  Firearms Owner Identification to purchase guns or ammunition and that includes air guns over a certain power.  Not exactly sure where the cutoff is, but Pyramid Air wouldn’t sell me a spring rifle because of it.

    Air guns over .18 cal. and/or 700fps are considered firearms. (Nothing .177 or smaller is considered a firearm, regardless of velocity). The.18+ guns require FOID for purchase/use/ownership, and interstate sales of these guns are supposed to be handled through an FFL. I verified that part myself with the state police.  Chicagoans have it even worse..
     

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    In Connecticut high velocity airguns are in the same category as firearms when it comes to hunting, but your only allowed to hunt “small game”.

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    Dcorvino
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    Massachusetts is limited to what you can hunt with them 
    currently we are trying to keep them leagal to own in Massachusetts and Maryland is in the same leagal boat as well.

    Dave

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    billydjann
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    New York seems to be on the ball..
    check http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28182.html     

    We are allowed to hunt small fur bearing game  with air right now….. but nothing like turkey or any type of game bird.
    To bad about TN .. that is my favorite state….. I go there often to Smokies for riding motorcycles….. and to think I wanted to move there..

    I have read also that NY is considering  allowing big bore air rifles for large game this year…  (oh boy)
    Mama … I need to purchase another rifle….    Now I have to find a place to practice big bore rifles…..
    My neighbors will not like big bore…. it is all they can do to tolerate .25  wth moderator..

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