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Old November 27, 2007, 01:03 AM   #1
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coyote hunting

I am a bowhunter in Illinois - and it never fails - when i have my bow with me I see a lot of coyotes. They have become so numerous around metro areas! My question is - is it legal to carry a rifle (.22)or wheelgun into your treestand with your bow with the intent of shooting the odd coyote? I just dont want to waste a good arrow - and also they are never within range. Im just getting sick and tired of getting skunked hunting because of these critters!!!
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Old November 27, 2007, 09:37 AM   #2
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Your state wildlife agency most likely has a booklet with the pertinent rules and regulations...

If it's strictly bow season, most states generally forbid any firearm on one's person when hunting. If it's during the regular season, rifles are part of the deal if rifles are allowed for taking game. (Thinking of some of the "shotgun onlyu" rules.)

A phone call to any game warden's office, though, should provide an answer.
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