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Old December 25, 2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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So what is the minimum caliber for deer in your state?

One thing I've learned through being in the USAF and reading posts on this board is how different hunting can be in different states.

A recent post on another thread about someone legally taking deer with a .17 HMR peaked my interest.

So, what is the minimum caliber for whitetail in your state?
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Old December 25, 2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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Legal firearms for hunting deer during the
buck season shall include:

a rifle using centerfire ammunition.

a rifle using .25 caliber or larger rimfire ammunition.

a muzzleloading rifle, with or without scope, and
muzzleloading pistol of .38 caliber or larger.

a handgun using a straight-walled case of .357 magnum
cartridge or larger or a bottle-necked case of .24 caliber or
larger (see page 5). A Class A-1 handgun stamp is required.

a shotgun loaded with solid ball ammunition.

In WV
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Old December 25, 2013, 04:55 PM   #3
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Old December 25, 2013, 04:55 PM   #4
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Washington: min. 24 caliber centerfire.
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Old December 25, 2013, 05:32 PM   #5
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Old December 25, 2013, 05:34 PM   #6
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New Mexico. .24
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Old December 25, 2013, 05:46 PM   #7
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Any centerfire rifle or handgun. Muzzle loaders must be 45 cal and 20 guage shotguns are legal. Archery must be 45 lbs.

Georgia
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Old December 25, 2013, 05:56 PM   #8
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Ohio's minimums...

Shotgun season: .410 shotgun with slug or .357 revolver with 5" bbl.

Muzzleloader: Muzzleloading rifle only using one ball per bbl - .38 cal.

No rifle hunting allowed for deer.
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Old December 25, 2013, 07:12 PM   #9
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.22 centerfire in Georgia.
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Old December 25, 2013, 07:23 PM   #10
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Here in Indiana

Any gauge shotgun (slug or sabot only)
Cartridge rifles must fire a projectile of at least .357

There are very strict requirements for minimum and maximum cartridge case length.

Muzzle loading pistols have even more strict requirements.
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Old December 25, 2013, 07:29 PM   #11
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.410 shotgun with a slug or .357 magnum from a 5" (or longer) barrel
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Old December 25, 2013, 07:37 PM   #12
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Recent changes in MN rules. Now allow 223 and the 30 carbine as legal deer hunting cartridges. I'm not sure if the 22 Savage High/Power is now allowed or not? I personally think it should be allowed. But then. I don't make the rules.
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Old December 25, 2013, 07:43 PM   #13
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No rifle hunting allowed for deer.
What would be the reasoning for this? Does anyone explain the legal reasoning behind why?

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Cartridge rifles must fire a projectile of at least .357
So .38 special is legal but a .30-06 is illegal? Can anyone elaborate as to why?
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Old December 25, 2013, 07:49 PM   #14
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Many heavily populated states, or areas within some states do not allow rifles because of the fear of stray bullets traveling great distances. They all approach things differently. Some areas close to Atlanta are archery only. In some states it is shotgun or muzzle loader. Some allow handguns, but not rifles. Others allow rifles, but only in handgun chamberings.
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Old December 25, 2013, 08:31 PM   #15
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And the kind of discovery that JD had is why I wanted to start this thread.

IL is shotgun slug only with 20 ga minimum.

Great replies so far! Let's get all 50 states covered!
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Old December 25, 2013, 09:02 PM   #16
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.23 caliber or larger in VA for rifles. Handguns have to have 350 ft-lbs muzzle energy cartridge by manufacturer's rating.
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Old December 25, 2013, 09:09 PM   #17
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Florida regulations allow hunters to use any centerfire rifles or pistols for hunting deer.

Read more: http://www.floridasportsman.com/2013...#ixzz2oXiS0Yzp
Florida regs say any centerfire
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Old December 25, 2013, 09:15 PM   #18
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Centerfire in TX.
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Old December 25, 2013, 09:32 PM   #19
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And the kind of discovery that JD had is why I wanted to start this thread.
And for education purpose's, this is a good thread indeed.

Different states have different hunting laws/regs. for different reasons such as the reason jmr40 posted.

Population, as well as a state that is mostly divided into smaller tracts of privately owned land (say 30-100 acres) and many of these tracts of land have at least one dwelling on them usually results in a high concentration of hunters in a small area compared to some of the 1000 acre spreads out West.

A bit off topic and do not want to get into a discussion and veer thread but worth mentioning...

...the very same reason there is sometimes very different styles of hunting done in different locales. Something some need to realize before they start mocking/ridiculing long range hunting, stand hunting versus stalking, hunting over food plots etc.

Sooo...thanks for the thread globemaster3.
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Old December 25, 2013, 09:42 PM   #20
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Interesting thread

It used to be .22 center fire or larger with expanding type bullet of 60 grns, Handgun that developed at least 350 foot pounds at 50 yards. or a shotgun 20 gauge or larger using a slug.

Back in the Clinton gun ban years they tried top make it where no .22 cal rifles were allowed. It was being used as a ploy to eliminate the .223 because it's a military load. Hunters raised hell with the Conservation Dept for trying to be Politically Correct and they rescinded the law before the season started and allowed ALL center fire rifles. All center fire handguns with the exception of 38s and 9mm. and shotgun slugs 410 and up.

Funny how laws WILL change if enough people complain.

in MO

Oh forgot, muzzle-loading season ,now called Alternative Method season. 45 cal or larger rifle, 44 cal Cap-n-ball pistol or Centerfire pistol, and a certains varieties of spears ,bows and large caliber Airguns.
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Old December 25, 2013, 09:45 PM   #21
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Just last year Wyoming made the .224" bores legal, but they must fire a bullet of 64 grains or heavier.
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Old December 25, 2013, 09:47 PM   #22
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Pa. any centerfire cal . no semi -autos
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Old December 25, 2013, 11:04 PM   #23
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Shortwave, thanks for the words. Hunting methods and why will be a future installment!

Bubba,is PA still flintlock only for front stuffers?
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Old December 26, 2013, 12:13 AM   #24
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Iowa:

Shotguns: 10-, 12-, 16-, and 20-gauge shotguns shooting single slugs only.

Muzzleloaders: Flintlock or percussion cap muzzleloading rifles or muskets between .44 and .775 caliber shooting single projectiles;
Muzzleloaders equipped with electronic ignition are not allowed. There are no restrictions on in-line or disktype muzzleloaders. Riflescopes may also be used.

Handguns: Center-fire handguns .357 caliber or larger, shooting straight wall ammunition with an expanding-type bullet. Minimum barrel length for all handguns is 4 inches.
muzzleloading pistols .44 caliber or larger with a minimum barrel length of 4 inches and no shoulder stock or long barrel modifications.

Center-fire rifles: Rifles .24 caliber or larger
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Old December 26, 2013, 12:26 AM   #25
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.22 centerfire in Georgia.
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