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Old April 8, 2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Carry While Hunting? Handgunlaw.us Seeking Information (Edited)

Thanks to everyone who has assisted Handgunlaw.us with this Information. It has saved me hours of searching. I have been confirming the information and have info on all the states except for those listed below. I have not been researching states without any info yet. Still confirming. Some will have no law saying you can't. Laws mainly say what you can't do. There are a few states that people have told me Yes you can but I can't confirm it. These may be states that don't have any law against it. It will take a few weeks to sort through it all and get it added to the state pages then more time to get the new pages uploaded to the site.

Again "Thank You!" You have saved me a lot of time. When I know where to look it makes it so much easier.

Here is Info I am not sure about or have not researched yet!

Montana Yes? DNR (I can find nothing in MT law/regs that says you can't)

Idaho No During Primitive Weapons Season. Unknown at other times. (Can't find anything saying you can't at other times. Idaho Fish & Game Hunting Regulations

Alaska Yes? No Law found stating you couldn't. Knowing AK you most likely can. Still Looking.

Kentucky Yes? But not doing Bow or Muzzle Loading seasons. Look Up ???????????????? Can't find this.

Missouri YES ????? Might not be any law. Can't find anything.

Delaware, Hawaii, Montana, South Dakota, Iowa, New Hampshire, Maryland, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico

Here is what I have that will go on State Pages. The URL's listed will also be posted on those state pages.

Is Carrying of a Concealed Firearm with Permit/License
for Defensive Purposes Only While Hunting Legal?


Kansas Yes 32-1002. (3)

Texas Yes (No Law/Reg)

Michigan Yes (St. of MI Hunting & Trapping Digest)

Utah Yes 76-10-504 (5) & Admin Rule R657-5-11

Ohio Yes Hunting & Fishing Regulations

Florida Yes 790.25 (3)

Nebraska Yes NE Big Game Guide (But not while Bow Hunting)

Massachusetts No (MA Dept of Fish & Wildlife Regs)

Washington Yes RCW 9.41.060 & WAC 232-12-054 & WAC 232-12-051

South Carolina Yes SECTION 16-23-20

Pennsylvania Yes PA Hunting & Trapping Digest & PA Statutes Sec. 2525

Georgia Yes O.C.G.A. § 27-3-1.1 & 27-3-6

New York In Most Instances No (See Regulations) http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8305.html

Oregon Yes OR Dept of Fish and Wildlife Hunting Resources

Connecticut In Most Instances No See DEP Hunting Laws & Regs http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a...GID=1633#FARMS

Vermont Yes Except When Turkey Hunting (VT Fish & Wildlife Guide) http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/lib...%20maps%29.pdf

Alabama No In Most Instances. See AL Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Reg 220-2
http://www.alabamaadministrativecode...con_/220-2.pdf

Minnesota Yes Except when Hunting Deer with a Bow & Shining. Some Refuges Prohibit Handguns. See MN Statute 97B.211 & MN Hunting & Trapping Regulations Handbook

Michigan Yes DNR Hunting & Trapping Digest

North Dakota: Yes 62.1-02-10 & ND Game & Fish Hunting Regulations Guide

Virginia Yes § 18.2-308 & VA Dept of Game and Inland Fisheries General Information & Hunting Regulations

California Yes 12027(g)

Nevada Yes But not while Bow Hunting or Muzzle Loading Hunting. NAC 503.144 & NAC 503.142

Arizona Yes Except When Bow & Muzzle Loading Hunting R12-4-318 AZ Game & Fish Dept Hunting/Trapping Regs

Arkansas Yes 07.04 AR Game & Fish Comm. Code Book & the AR G&FC Gen Hunting Regulations

Maine Yes Except when Bow Hunting St of Maine Hunting and Trapping Laws and Rules

Tennessee - Yes TN Wildlife Resources Agency Hunting and Trapping Guide.

West Virginia Yes WV Dept of Nat Resources General Regulations

Indiana Yes IN DNR Deer, Turkey and Hunting/Trapping Guides

Louisiana Yes Except During Deer Bow Season & Turkey Season LA Wildlife & Fisheries Hunting Regulations

Mississippi I can find nothing mentioning Concealed Carry while hunting in MS Hunting Regs.

North Carolina Yes Except when Bow or Muzzle Loader Hunting. Only 22 LR handguns can be carried on Game Lands.
NC Inland Fishing, Hunting & Trapping Regulation Digest




Handgunlaw.us is going to add info on carrying concealed with your self defense firearm with a permit/license while hunting. Is this legal in your state? A link or Alpha/Numeric citation from your state laws or Regulations would be greatly appreciated if the answer is either yes or no. I believe most of the Laws/Regs on this will be in the game laws. I can find the info but it saves me a tremendous amount of time if I know exactly where to look. Plus I like to give the Alpha/Numeric Citation so people can look up the law and confirm it. Any assistance you could give Handgunlaw.us would be greatly appreciated.

This info will be listed in the Misc Information Section like this:

Carrying of Concealed Firearm with Permit/License While Hunting? YES or NO (With Law/Reg Alpha/Numeric Citation)

If there are any stipulations like, not when Bow Hunting Etc., it will be listed also.

Thank you for your help. It is very much appreciated.
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Old April 8, 2011, 10:23 AM   #2
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76-10-504. Carrying concealed dangerous weapon -- Penalties.
(1) Except as provided in Section 76-10-503 and in Subsections (2), (3), and (4), a person who carries a concealed dangerous weapon, as defined in Section 76-10-501, including an unloaded firearm on his or her person or one that is readily accessible for immediate use which is not securely encased, as defined in this part, in or on a place other than the person's residence, property, a vehicle in the person's lawful possession, or a vehicle, with the consent of the individual who is lawfully in possession of the vehicle, or business under the person's control is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
(2) A person who carries a concealed dangerous weapon which is a loaded firearm in violation of Subsection (1) is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
(3) A person who carries concealed a sawed-off shotgun or a sawed-off rifle is guilty of a second degree felony.
(4) If the concealed firearm is used in the commission of a violent felony as defined in Section 76-3-203.5, and the person is a party to the offense, the person is guilty of a second degree felony.
(5) Nothing in Subsection (1) or (2) shall prohibit a person engaged in the lawful taking of protected or unprotected wildlife as defined in Title 23, Wildlife Resources Code of Utah, from carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm with a barrel length of four inches or greater as long as the taking of wildlife does not occur:
(a) within the limits of a municipality in violation of that municipality's ordinances; or
(b) upon the highways of the state as defined in Section 41-6a-102
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Old April 8, 2011, 10:26 AM   #3
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In PA you may open carry a revolver while hunting. You my carry a semi-auto or revolver openly or concealed if you have a license to carry a firearm. You may not harvest game with a semi-auto. Many people hunt with a revolver. However you must have either a LTCF or a sportsman's permit to transport a short gun to your hunting location. During transport under a sportsman's permit the revolver must be stored unloaded and the ammo stored in a separate container. Semi-autos are out without a LTCF. There isn't one citation that covers this. Some are hunting laws and other are covered under the uniform firearms act. hopefully someone will come along to ferret out all the laws.
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Old April 8, 2011, 10:27 AM   #4
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Ohio Yes.

CONCEALED CARRY
A person possessing a valid Ohio-issued Concealed
Carry license may carry their concealed
weapon while hunting, but it may not be used to
shoot, shoot at, or kill any wild animal. For more
information go to www.ag.state.oh.us.
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Old April 8, 2011, 10:45 AM   #5
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IOWA ... Yes

In Iowa it is legal to carry open and concealed, while hunting ...
Been doing it for years since I ran into problems with a pack of feral dogs. ...
However, as in Ohio, cannot be used to dispatch a wounded animal unless it's during the handgun season and subject to it's restrictions. ...


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Old April 8, 2011, 10:49 AM   #6
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TX Yes, with three minor caveats in the hunting regulations, from "Means & Methods".
Quote:
Rifles and handguns may not be used to hunt Eastern turkey.
Since handguns are not allowed, concealed handguns are not allowed by extension, although AFAIK a turkey hunter can still legally carry one- he or she just can't shoot at a turkey with it.
Quote:
...a shotgun is the only legal firearm for hunting migratory game birds...
Same thing here.
Quote:
Archery and Crossbows (see Artificial light in Restricted Methods section)
• Only the archery and crossbow equipment prescribed in this section may be used for taking game animals or game birds. Archery and crossbow equipment may not be used to hunt deer during the Muzzleloader-Only Deer Season. It is unlawful to be in possession of a firearm while hunting with a broadhead HUNTING point during the Archery-Only season, except a person licensed to carry a concealed handgun in Texas may carry a concealed handgun.
<emphasis mine>

Same basic idea- the hunter can carry it, but he or she isn't allowed to fire it at the game animal.

Info from here:

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publicat...al/hunt/means/

As far as I can tell, other than these restrictions, it is entirely legal for a TX CHL holder to hunt game using his or her concealed handgun, with the proper hunting license and endorsements of course.
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Old April 8, 2011, 02:14 PM   #7
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In NY, you are considered to be using the firearms for hunting, so it must meet the requirements for a hunting legal handgun.

During archery season for deer, you may not carry any firearm at all.

During regular firearms season for deer/big game, the minimum barrel length for a handgun is 5 inches and your SD firearm must meet that requirement to be carried in the field. It is also illegal to carry a firearm with a capacity of more than six rounds unless the barrel is less than 8 inches. So if you're carrying the state legal 10 round auto, you must have a barrel length between 5 and 8 inches.

The 5 inch minimum rule is buried somewhere in a different reg. I always have trouble finding it but it's in there somewhere.

During "muzzleloader" season, no modern firearms are allowed, basically same rules as archery season.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/8305.html

Quote:
Manner of Taking
It is unlawful to:

Take big game while the deer or bear is in water.
Possess a firearm of any description when bowhunting or when accompanying a person bowhunting during special archery seasons.
Make, set or use a salt lick on land inhabited by deer or bear.
It is unlawful to hunt big game with:

A firearm or bow aided by any artificial light or a laser that projects a beam toward the target.
An autoloading firearm with a capacity of more than 6 shells (one which requires that the trigger be pulled separately for each shot), except an autoloading pistol with a barrel length of less than 8 inches.
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Old April 8, 2011, 09:04 PM   #8
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VA, Yes

Quote:
§ 18.2-308. Personal protection; carrying concealed weapons; when lawful to carry.

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B. This section shall not apply to any person while in his own place of abode or the curtilage thereof.

Except as provided in subsection J1, this section shall not apply to:

.....

6. Any person actually engaged in lawful hunting, as authorized by the Board of Game and Inland Fisheries, under inclement weather conditions necessitating temporary protection of his firearm from those conditions, provided that possession of a handgun while engaged in lawful hunting shall not be construed as hunting with a handgun if the person hunting is carrying a valid concealed handgun permit;
http://leg1.state.va.us/000/cod/18.2-308.HTM

Sidebar from hunting reg manual page

Quote:
Valid Concealed Handgun Permit Holders May:
Possess a concealed handgun during archery seasons, muzzleloader seasons, and general firearms seasons in counties where rifles are prohibited.
Possess a concealed handgun on National Forest and Department lands during the closed season.
Possess and transport a loaded concealed handgun in or on any vehicle on National Forest and Department lands.
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting...ns/general.asp
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Old April 9, 2011, 09:38 AM   #9
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Arkansas: Yes.

The Arkansas Code Annotated is silent on this issue. The regulations of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are not. The overview is given first and several examples are given below. I found a few regs that I didn't post, but they all seem to follow the same pattern.

Quote:
Concealed Weapon Permit Holders
Concealed weapon permit holders may carry a modern handgun, except in places where otherwise prohibited under federal, state or local law or where not allowed by the landowner. Concealed weapon permit holders are not allowed to use their concealed weapon for any hunting purpose. All concealed handgun permit holders must identify themselves to a wildlife officer when complying with an inspection pertaining to birds, fish, game or other wildlife resources.
Source for quote above: http://www.agfc.com/hunting/Pages/Hu...ncealed Weapon

More specifically, here's the source for the published regs: http://www.agfc.com/enforcement/Page...gulations.aspx

Quote:
[AGFC Regulation] 07.04 MODERN FIREARMS PROHIBITED DURING MUZZLE-LOADING
DEER SEASONS. It shall be unlawful to have in immediate possession a centerfire or rimfire weapon while participating in muzzle-loading deer seasons.
EXCEPTIONS:
(1) Holders of a valid state-issued concealed handgun license recognized and honored by the State of Arkansas in accordance with Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 73, Subchapter 3, may possess the handgun covered by the license, except in places where otherwise prohibited under federal, state or local law or where disallowed by a landowner in accordance with applicable law. Nothing in this exception is intended to supersede or limit the regulations of any federal, state or local authorities that prohibit the possession of concealed handguns on their property, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.
(2) Members of deer camps that are enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program that have been issued Unrestricted Weapon Doe Permits and /or Management Buck Permits.
PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00
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[AGFC Regulation]08.03 POSSESSION OF FIREARMS WHILE ARCHERY AND CROSSBOW HUNTING PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful to have any firearms in the immediate possession while hunting bear, deer or turkey with archery tackle.
EXCEPTIONS:
(1) Legal firearms when and where a regular gun or muzzle-loading deer season is open.
(2) Legal firearms when and where bear season is open.
(3) Holders of a valid state-issued concealed handgun license recognized and honored by the State of Arkansas in accordance with Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 73, Subchapter 3, may possess the handgun covered by the license, except in places where otherwise prohibited under federal, state or local law or where disallowed by a landowner in accordance with applicable law. Nothing in this exception is intended to supersede or limit the regulations of any federal, state or local authorities that prohibit the possession of concealed handguns on their property, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.
(4) Members of deer camps that are enrolled in the Deer Management Assistance Program that have been issued Unrestricted Weapon Doe Permits and/or Management Buck Permits.
PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.
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[AGFC Regulation]09.04 CHASE WILDLIFE FOR PLEASURE/DEER DOG TRAINING RESTRICTIONS. It shall be unlawful to use dogs to chase wildlife for pleasure (Ref: -1.00-C Definition of Terms – Chase Wildlife for Pleasure) other than from May 16 through March 31, or to use dogs to chase deer for training purposes other than from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset October 1 through December 31 only in those deer zones where dogs can legally be used for the taking of deer during the modern gun deer seasons. Possession of a killing device is prohibited when using dogs to chase wildlife for pleasure or when training/allowing dogs to chase deer.

EXCEPTIONS:
(1) When chasing wildlife for pleasure, killing devices may only be possessed in compliance with declared open seasons for the taking of game or furbearing animals.
(2) When training/allowing dogs to chase deer, killing devices may only be possessed during open season in those deer zones where it is lawful to use dogs to hunt deer during the modern gun deer season.
(3) Chase for pleasure is allowed beginning 60 minutes after sunset until 60 minutes before sunrise from April 1 until May 15.
(4) During any Spring Special Youth Turkey Hunt, the use of dogs to chase game animals is prohibited during 60 minutes before sunrise until 60 minutes after sunset.
(5) During any muzzleloader deer season, dogs may only be used for chasing fox or coyote from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.
(6) During any modern gun deer seasons where dogs are unlawful to run deer, dogs may only be used to chase fox or coyote from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.
(7) Chasing fox and/or coyote for pleasure within fox/coyote enclosures permitted day or night year around.
(8) Deer dog training is not allowed during the muzzleloading deer seasons.
(9) In compliance with Code 22.01, Dog Restrictions on WMAs.
(10) In compliance with Code 16.06, Chasing Bear with Dogs Prohibited.
(11) In compliance with Code 17.07, Chasing Elk with Dogs Prohibited.
(12) Holders of a valid state-issued concealed handgun license recognized and honored by the State of Arkansas in accordance with Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 73, Subchapter 3, may possess the handgun covered by the license, except in places where otherwise prohibited under federal, state or local law or where disallowed by a landowner in accordance with applicable law. Nothing in this exception is intended to supersede or limit the regulations of any federal, state or local authorities that prohibit the possession of concealed handguns on their property, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.
PENALTY: $500.00 to $1,000.00.
Quote:
[AGFC Regulation]11.01A IMMEDIATE IDENTIFICATION OF POSSESSION OF CONCEALED HANDGUN. It shall be unlawful for any person possessing a concealed handgun to fail to immediately declare and identify such possession to a Wildlife Officer during a stop or inspection for compliance with any regulations pertaining to birds, fish, game, or other wildlife resources of the state.
PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.
Quote:
[AGFC Regulation]18.05 TAKING WILDLIFE AT NIGHT FROM A BOAT PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful to take or attempt to take or locate any wildlife from a boat during the hours of darkness, or to transport any firearms in a boat at night without said firearms being unloaded and cased.
EXCEPTIONS:
(1) Taking frogs, fish or turtles by legal methods during the open season.
(2) In compliance with Commission Code 18.09 (Depredation Permit).
(3) In compliance with Commission Code 02.23 (Alligator Hunting Season) and 26.02 (Restrictions on Methods of Taking Alligator).
(4) Holders of a valid state-issued concealed handgun license recognized and honored by the State of Arkansas in accordance with Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 73, Subchapter 3, may possess the handgun covered by the license, except in places where otherwise prohibited under federal, state or local law or where disallowed by a landowner in accordance with applicable law. Nothing in this exception is intended to supersede or limit the regulations of any federal, state or local authorities that prohibit the possession of concealed handguns on their property, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.
PENALTY: $500.00 to $2,000.00.
Quote:
[AGFC Regulation]20.01 KILLING AND CAPTURE DEVICES PROHIBITED IN WMAs. It shall be unlawful to hunt, trap or possess a killing device in any wildlife management area.
EXCEPTIONS:
(1) During open seasons for wildlife on said areas.
(2) Ozark National Forest WMA.
(3) Sanctioned Shoot-to-Kill Walking Trials.
(4) For activities permitted by the Commission.
(5) For Commission employees in the performance of their official job duties.
(6) Holders of a valid state-issued concealed handgun license recognized and honored by the State of Arkansas in accordance with Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 73, Subchapter 3, may possess the handgun covered by the license, except in places where otherwise prohibited under federal, state or local law or where disallowed by a landowner in accordance with applicable law. Nothing in this exception is intended to supersede or limit the regulations of any federal, state or local authorities that prohibit the possession of concealed handguns on their property, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.
PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.
Quote:
[AGFC Regulation]20.03 LOADED FIREARMS PROHIBITED IN CAMPING AREAS ON ALL WMAs AND WDAs. It shall be unlawful to possess a loaded firearm in any camping area on any wildlife management area, wildlife demonstration area or in any fishing or boating access area. (Ref: Section 01.00-C, Loaded Firearms).
EXCEPTION:
(1) Holders of a valid state-issued concealed handgun license recognized and honored by the State of Arkansas in accordance with Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 73, Subchapter 3, may possess the handgun covered by the license, except in places where otherwise prohibited under federal, state or local law or where disallowed by a landowner in accordance with applicable law. Nothing in this exception is intended to supersede or limit the regulations of any federal, state or local authorities that prohibit the possession of concealed handguns on their property, including, but not limited to, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.
PENALTY: $100.00 to $1,000.00.
@ Gary Slider: Thank you for keeping up on handgunlaw.us. It's a very valuable resource, and one to which I refer folks frequently.
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Old April 10, 2011, 01:57 PM   #10
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Thank you Gary, for your diligent work in informing a nation of gun owners about the laws of the individual States.
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Old April 10, 2011, 02:33 PM   #11
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Al Norris,

You are welcome and thank you. I enjoy doing this. Been 16 years at it now and it is getting easier. Software makes it easier. States are posting more info. But what makes it the easiest are people like you and those on your board that give me feedback. I can find info but when I get a heads up on exactly where to look it saves me a lot of time. Saving 10 minutes on each state saves me almost 10 hours of searching for 50 states so you can see how much your assistance means. I just got an email about Colorado and how long their training is valid. It is tips like that that make my task a whole lot easier. Thanks to everyone for their help. It is very much appreciated.
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