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Old March 13, 2020, 01:00 PM   #1
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My Ranch Coyotes Are Gonna Start Disappearing Now....



Night vision scope arrived and mounted up on the .204 Ruger HandiRifle. Now just gotta zero it.....
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Old March 13, 2020, 01:05 PM   #2
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You'd best look into the legality of hunting at night before you do so.
https://www.tn.gov/twra/hunting/equi...a10f4a3f56bd-6
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Old March 13, 2020, 03:16 PM   #3
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Is that a thermal or IR scope?
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Old March 13, 2020, 03:22 PM   #4
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IR scope. The resolution is phenomenal. You can take stills, video, and record sound though it. More options than a new car.
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Old March 13, 2020, 04:37 PM   #5
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I don't know about Tennessee, in many states pest control is not hunting.
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Old March 13, 2020, 07:51 PM   #6
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I don't know about Tennessee, in many states pest control is not hunting.
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Old March 13, 2020, 08:56 PM   #7
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Nice scope. What brand is it?

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Old March 14, 2020, 12:10 AM   #8
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Old March 14, 2020, 02:20 AM   #9
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in many states pest control is not hunting.
In many states, pursuing animals with the intent of harvesting them is "hunting". After all, you need a "hunting license" to do so. Agreed, varmint hunting isn't always "hunting", more often it's "shooting". But if you've ever gone after coyotes, you'll probably agree it's hunting.
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Old March 14, 2020, 06:32 AM   #10
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This is the scope here. Ammo will be Hornady 40 grain Varmint round.

https://www.amazon.com/Sightmark-SM1.../dp/B078G8CHXD
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This is the scope here. Ammo will be Hornady 40 grain Varmint round.

https://www.amazon.com/Sightmark-SM1.../dp/B078G8CHXD
The fact German 4 reticle is an option makes me want one.
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In many states, pursuing animals with the intent of harvesting them is "hunting". After all, you need a "hunting license" to do so. Agreed, varmint hunting isn't always "hunting", more often it's "shooting". But if you've ever gone after coyotes, you'll probably agree it's hunting.
Agreed, but common sense and law are mutually exclusive
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This is the scope here. Ammo will be Hornady 40 grain Varmint round.

https://www.amazon.com/Sightmark-SM1.../dp/B078G8CHXD
Damn, now I want one...
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Old March 15, 2020, 01:41 PM   #14
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Zeroed the NV scope today.
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Old March 15, 2020, 02:53 PM   #15
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In many states, pursuing animals with the intent of harvesting them is "hunting".
You will need to check your local laws. Predator/pest control may not be "hunting" under the game laws. Or it might be. OR it might be "in between" where you are required to have a (small game) hunting license, but no other restrictions apply. Any variation is possible, and you need to be sure what applies, where you are.

No matter what the law is, you'll need a valid, legal answer for that sheriff's deputy when they come calling because someone reported someone "shooting at night".

IF legal where you are, seems to me your night rig would also be a fine candidate for a suppressor...
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The Tennessee Farm Bureau seems to be under the impression that use of that scope after dark (as defined) would be illegal. There does not seem to be an exception for pest control.

https://www.tnfarmbureau.org/wp-cont...DF-Coyotes.pdf
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Lots of guys are shooting hogs at night with IR rigs...so its not automatically illegal. Check the regs and have fun!!!
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Lots of guys are shooting hogs at night with IR rigs...so its not automatically illegal. Check the regs and have fun!!!
Most states encourage hog elimination.
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Old March 15, 2020, 08:28 PM   #19
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Montana considers coyote vermin. You can shoot on sight day or night, except within city limits, of which there are few. Some counties have bounties on them.
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Lots of guys are shooting hogs at night with IR rigs...so its not automatically illegal. Check the regs and have fun!!!
That is the catch, the local state regulations, which for Tennessee do not seem to be including legal hunting hours between 30 minutes after sundown and 30 minutes before sunrise with night vision or thermal optics.

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Most states do, but definitely NOT all states. Some states have imposed laws against shooting hogs on public lands, such as Missouri. Louisiana apparently doesn't allow hog hunting (or night hog hunting?) during deer season (not sure of the specs, but my buddy who lives there complains about this). Until just recently, hunting hogs at night required local game warden permission, which was not always granted and was property specific. Many or most states do not allow night hunting on public lands. Some states do require licenses for dealing with pests and some don't. One state makes you get hog tags if you want to shoot hogs. In other words, while states may encourage hog elimination, the legalities of compliance can vary widely from state to state.
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Where I am from you could only 'legally' use that scope if you turned on the IR seconds before you shot, 'point of kill' only for lights at night. So basically you couldn't use the IR feature to 'glass' for yotes in the darkness as IR is technically broadcasting downrange. A thermal scope would be fine as technically your not broadcasting downrange with one.
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