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Old May 5, 2013, 02:20 PM   #1
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List of states that allow 223 for deer

Given the debate about EBRs, I was wondering about state restrictions on using 223 for hunting. Google gave me pages of discussion but not a comprehensive list.

Might have missed it. Anyone know of such?


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Old May 5, 2013, 02:22 PM   #2
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List of states that allow 223 for deer

Don't know of a list but NY is "center fire", no caliber restriction.
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Old May 5, 2013, 03:03 PM   #3
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I found this. It has some helpful information.
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Old May 5, 2013, 04:00 PM   #4
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MN is center fire and at least .220 for deer.
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Old May 5, 2013, 04:05 PM   #5
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Never saw a comprehensive list of states where deer hunting with a .223 is legal.

In OK the .223 is legal for deer and elk. The bullet must weigh at least 55 grains.
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If I am reading right NC has no rifle restrictions for centerfire or rimfire, so what ever you feel like using. Well almost no restrictions, no full auto. Local laws may vary.
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I believe Idaho does, I glanced at the regs but I only saw no rimfires.
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Old May 5, 2013, 06:33 PM   #8
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Here is a pretty good list, but my info is from 2008 so some of it might be dated. I bookmarked this list several years ago.

Alabama- centerfire
Alaska- centerfire
Alberta- .23 and up centerfire
Arizona- centerfire
Arkansas- .22 and up centerfire
California- centerfire
Colorado- .24 and up, 70grn or larger bullet/ minimum of 1000ft/lbs at 100 yards
Connecticut- .243 and up if legal in your area
Delaware- shotgun/muzzle loader
Florida- centerfire
Georgia- .22 and up centerfire
Hawaii- Any rifle with at least 1200 ft/lbs of ME. This would start at around .223 I think
Idaho- Centerfire (cannot weigh more than 16 lbs?)
Illinois- Shotgun/ML/Pistol onlyIndiana- Rifles with pistol calibers/shotgun/ML/Pistols
Iowa- .24 or larger centerfire only for antlerless season in part of the state.
Kansas- .23 or larger centerfire (actually says larger than .23 so maybe .24 is the mininum)
Kentucky- centerfire
Louisiana- .22 and up centerfire
Maine- .22 magnum rimfire and up!
Manitoba- Centerfire, but it says .23 and below not recommended. Does not say illegal though.
Maryland- ME of at least 1200 ft/lbs
Mass- Shotgun/ML
Michigan- centerfire in certain areas
Minnesota- .24 and up centerfire
Mississippi- No restrictions that I could find
Missouri- centerfire
Montana- No restrictions
Nebraska- Rifles with 900 ft/lbs or more at 100 yards
Nevada- .22 centerfire and up
New Hampshire- centerfire
New Jersey- shotgun only
New Mexico- centerfire
New York- centerfire
North Carolina- No restrictions
North Dakota- .22-.49 centerfire
Nova Scotia- .23 and up
Ohio- Shotgun/ML
Oklahoma- centerfire with 55 grn or heavier bullet
Ontario- centerfire
Oregon- .22 centerfire and upPennsylvania- centerfire
Quebec- 6mm/.243 and up
Rhode Island- shotgun/ML*
Saskatchewan- .24 and up
South Carolina- centerfire
South Dakota- rifles with 1,000 ft/lbs or more ME
Tennessee- centerfire
Texas- centerfire
Utah- centerfire
Vermont- No restriction
Virginia- .23 centerfire and up
Washington- .24 centerfire and up
West Virginia- .25 rimfire and up and all centerfire
Wisconsin- .22 centerfire and up
Wyoming- .23 centerfire and up
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223 is legal for deer hunting in PA but not from a semi-auto firearm.
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Old May 5, 2013, 07:56 PM   #10
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.223 is legal is SC, but post #8 incorrectly lists all centerfire rifles are legal. In SC bullet diameter must be .220 or larger.
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Wyoming changed it's laws this year, a 223 is now legal for deer and antelope, but the bullet has to be 60 gr or heavier.
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Old May 6, 2013, 06:06 AM   #12
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I saw a list about a year ago. I believe the same list Taylorce1 posted. At that time there were 6 states I believe that were shotgun only and did not allow any rifles. There were 6 others that allowed rifles, but not 223. Since then I know Wyoming has changed their laws and I believe one more state. That gets the number to either 4 or 5 that allow rifles, but not 223. Ten or 11 total.
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No change here in Oregon, you can still hunt black tail deer with a .22 Hornet but no one in their right mind does...

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Old May 6, 2013, 09:32 AM   #14
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Georgia is .22 centerfire and up for deer and such. So .223 is a go.

Varmits can be taken with rimfire or the .204 Ruger and such.
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+1 for Vanya. I agree with his comment. But I would have preferred our MN DNR have left the minimum legal rifle caliber set at the previous 2000 listing. Instead of there current policy/Law.

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The only firearm restriction in FL is for BP - .40 or larger; otherwise any centerfire, bow, crossbow, etc - but no full auto, suppressed

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Taking migratory game birds with a shotgun capable of holding more than three rounds (plugged)
Centerfire semi-automatic rifles having magazine capacities of more than five rounds when hunting deer
Nonexpanding full metal case (military ball) ammunition for taking deer
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Hunting resident game using bows and crossbows with draw weights less than 35 pounds
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Taking game with modern firearms while hunting during archery, crossbow and muzzleloading gun season
Placing, exposing or distributing soporific, anesthetic, tranquilizer, hypnotic or similar drugs or chemicals; preparation by baits; or by other means where game birds or game animals may be affected, unless authorized by permit from the FWC executive director
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+1 for Vanya. I agree with his comment. But I would have preferred our MN DNR have left the minimum legal rifle caliber set at the previous 2000 listing. Instead of there current policy/Law.
For those of us not from MN, how has the law changed since 2000. I noticed Vanya's post differs from the info posted by Taylorce1 for MN.
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Since you've asked. taylorce1 posted for refference only. But still an out-dated list. (2008 as stated at the very top of his page.) Yanya on the other hand his info is the most recent to date. (Probably 2012.) Now to answer your question. Prior to 2000. The minimum caliber for big game hunting in MN was any caliber above 223 with needing an overall lengh of 1-1/2 or 1-3/4" not to sure on the overall length measurement. But I'm close. Keep in mind a Medium size doe here can weigh 140 plus and a medinum size 6 point weighs near 170 plus in live weight. 8-10 points are well over 200 usually. As I recall years ago just North of where I hunt 25-30 mi. Some lucky hunter shot a white tail buck the tipped the scales at two weight in locations 405 live weight.

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Just to confirm, Kentucky is still center fire.
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Its legal on private land in Ms. National forest is 243.
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Does Illinois have any firearm restriction for coyote hunting? I ask as I was told that it doesn't.
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Old May 6, 2013, 06:38 PM   #22
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Current Minnesota minimum cartridge rules for deer - it has to be at least .220 caliber and center fire ignition and that is it ! In other words , my .22 Hornet rifle is legal but I intend to stay with my 45-70 , 30-30 , and .243 rifles for deer !
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Georgia is any center-fire .22 caliber or larger with no restriction on case size, technically .22 hornet is legal to hunt with. I believe there is some constraint on the bullet having to be expansive but a .223 would be deer legal here in georgia.

Would I hunt deer with .223? Probably not, I just think there are better deer calibers.
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(2) DEER: WHEN AND WHERE DOG OR STALK HUNTING IS ALLOWED - Rifles using centerfire, mushrooming ammunition; shotguns,

Maybe we could post the relevant regulation with it instead of call outs? Hunting regulations change every year.

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In OK you can use .223 but it must weigh 55gr or more. OAL of atleast 1 1/2 inces and all .22 cal firearms must not be caple of holding more than 7 rounds of ammo. Must also be of either soft point or hollow point ammo.
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