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Old July 5, 2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Cap and ball handgun hunting in WV

Anyone know if its legal? I've read the hunter book, it doesn't say. What it does say is during muzzle loader season the only kind of handgun allowed is a single shot muzzle loading pistol. What about during regular gun season? All it really says is the gun must be or equal to a .38 if its straight walled or a .223 (I think) if its necked. I want to get an Old Army with a scope to deer hunt with.
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Old July 5, 2013, 06:56 PM   #2
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From the WV hunting regulations
HanDgun lawS anD REgulaTIOnS
Individuals who possess a valid concealed carry permit may carry a concealed handgun while afield hunting, hiking, camping, fishing or in or on a motor vehicle for purposes of self-defense only.
Only persons 21 years old or older are eligible for a Class A-1 stamp.
Only revolvers or pistols having a barrel at least 4 inches in length are legal for hunting.
While hunting, the licensee shall carry the revolver or pistol outside his/her outer clothing, in an unconcealed and easily visible place.
A revolver or pistol may be used only during established hunting seasons. Only single-shot muzzleloading pistols of .38 caliber or larger are legal for hunting deer during the muzzleloader season.
It is legal to hunt groundhogs in open fields with a revolver or pistol.
It is illegal to:
• take migratory game birds with a pistol.
• hunt between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise
with a revolver or pistol larger than .22 caliber centerfire.
• hunt bear, deer, or wild boar with a revolver or pistol using a straight-walled case of less than .357 magnum cartridge or a bottle-necked case of less than .24 caliber.
• hunt bear, deer or wild boar with a muzzleloading pistol of less than .38 caliber.
So it looks for deer you can use a an old army during open firearms season as long as the case is .357 or larger.
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Old July 5, 2013, 08:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help.
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Old July 6, 2013, 04:27 AM   #4
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Wow. That's a huge improvement over when I was growing up there.
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Old July 8, 2013, 03:09 PM   #5
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Why would anyone hunt bear with a .38, much less anything smaller? Death wish perhaps?
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