Support Florida's Proposal to allow Air Guns for Deer and Turkey!

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    Bullfrog
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    Please take this survey put out by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to voice your support for a proposed rule change to allow PCPs to take deer and turkey. .40 minimum for deer, .20 minimum for turkey. 

    Also, if you happen to believe .30 or .357 would be appropriate for deer, please let them know that too:

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FWC-Proposed-Rule-Changes-2018-19

    There’s no requirement that you be a Florida resident to respond. Out-of-state turkey hunters are important to Florida hunting, so the opinion of anyone who may come here to AG hunt game is important. 

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    JimNM
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    Did and done.  Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Tominco
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    Filled out and FB shared. Thanks for posting! 
    … and +’d you too.

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    Mick-VA
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    Completed.  Thanks for sharing.

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    Bruce54
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    Finished it! Need to start work on Colorado, too

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    Crutcherro1
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    Done. Good luck. 

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    Salticon
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    Completed!!

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    Grumpytroll
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    Thanks Bullfrog
    Did my share hope this passes would be great to hunt deer in Ocala National Forest with a an airgun have been hunting there on and off since 1960 when the clay road off of hwy 42 was the only road in the south end. LOL Will still be hunting squirrel there this season with airgun.
    Darn I’m old
    Grumpy

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    Bullfrog
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    I was at the FWC meeting yesterday. They approved the draft rule and also indicated a high lkelihood they will follow Alabama’s lead and allow .30 for deer. When the rule is retweaked it will be up for review and final passage in February. 

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    intenseaty22
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    Done. Filled out and requested consideration for .30 Cal. Thanks for sharing. 

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    Grumpytroll
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    Wonder what the decision was anyone know
    Grumpy

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    oneshot61
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    Filled out the survey. I’m a Florida native but live in Alabama. I support the 30 cal and over as we have here. Hopefully this will be passed soon.

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    Bullfrog
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    Final vote is next week. I cannot attend but I am in touch with those that will be there. The rule was amended to allow .30 and up for deer after the December meeting. 

    I believe it is going to pass. The FWC internally seems excited about it. 

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    Grumpytroll
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    New Florida FWC  WMA  brochures for 2018-2019 season is on line .30 call and above for deer and list pcp for turkey no caliber listed now I need to get a .35cal pcp or build one.
    Grumpy

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    sonny
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    cool!!!

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    Bullfrog
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    “Grumpytroll”New Florida FWC  WMA  brochures for 2018-2019 season is on line .30 call and above for deer and list pcp for turkey no caliber listed now I need to get a .35cal pcp or build one.
    Grumpy

    
The reason there’s no caliber listed for turkeys is that on the WMAs is that only air bows can be used for turkeys. It can be an air bow of any size. But it must propel a bolt or arrow. The reason for this is that Florida in recent years has restricted rifle use for turkeys on public land for safety reasons. In the old days, one could use a .22 rimfire to take a turkey in a WMA. But not any more. Whether it be with bullets or pellets or airguns or firearms, they don’t want anyone using a single slug-type projectile to turkey hunt in WMAs. Too many people take pot shots at gobblers across clear cuts where you really can’t tell if you’re shooting a gobbler or a decoy or whether there’s a camoed hunter in the woodline behind the gobbler. 

    On private land, turkeys can be taken with a .20 or larger PCP shooting whatever projectile you want. 

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    Grumpytroll
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    “Bullfrog”

    “Grumpytroll”New Florida FWC  WMA  brochures for 2018-2019 season is on line .30 call and above for deer and list pcp for turkey no caliber listed now I need to get a .35cal pcp or build one.
    Grumpy

    
The reason there’s no caliber listed for turkeys is that on the WMAs is that only air bows can be used for turkeys. It can be an air bow of any size. But it must propel a bolt or arrow. The reason for this is that Florida in recent years has restricted rifle use for turkeys on public land for safety reasons. In the old days, one could use a .22 rimfire to take a turkey in a WMA. But not any more. Whether it be with bullets or pellets or airguns or firearms, they don’t want anyone using a single slug-type projectile to turkey hunt in WMAs. Too many people take pot shots at gobblers across clear cuts where you really can’t tell if you’re shooting a gobbler or a decoy or whether there’s a camoed hunter in the woodline behind the gobbler. 
    On private land, turkeys can be taken with a .20 or larger PCP shooting whatever projectile you want. 

    
Yep that is why I wrote no caliber listed should have made myself clear that pellets not allowed for turkey only bolts or arrows.
    Grumpy

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    Brian.in.MI
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    Taking a week off of work for the Florida whitetail deer opener this year. It’s a 16 hour drive, but oh well. Want to witness and be part of airgun history! 

    .308 American Air Arms Slayer and .30 RAW are on deck! The Texan is staying home ?

    Brian
    @airgunner.usa

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    skygear
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    When and where!? Also, do you have a link for the updated regs? Is there a special license you have to have to use PCP for hunting? Like some states its a hunting license and then an additional endorsement for crossbows etc.

     

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    Bullfrog
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    No additional license needed. Just whatever else you normally need to hunt deer (for example, in a WMA that doesn’t have quota hunts or special use permits, you’ll need a hunting license, a WMA stamp, and a deer stamp). 

    The new regulations aren’t out yet, but the new WMA brochures are out on the FWC’s website.

    PCPs will be legal in General Gun season, Fall Turkey Season, and Spring Turkey Seasons, but only on private land. WMAs will also allow them but you’ll have to consult each WMA brochure to see what and when they can be used in that WMA, except that no WMA will allow them in Spring Turkey Season just as they allow no rifles whatsoever for safety’s sake.  

     

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