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    Grandmaster

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    Airguns now legal for deer?

    I just received a "regulations update" from IDNR.
    If I read this correctly, they have just o.k'd the use of "air-bows" and "air-guns" for deer hunting during the firearms season.

    Anyone else see this?
    Any other details available?
    Dormant U.S.Marine/ NRA Benefactor-Life

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    Plinker

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    I seen the same thing. I want to see the airgun thats able to take deer. I am ignorant on any air gun that has the stopping power of a 357 or 410 slug. Yes i know a 22 lr can do it, but you gotta hit just right

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcw12 View Post
    I seen the same thing. I want to see the airgun thats able to take deer. I am ignorant on any air gun that has the stopping power of a 357 or 410 slug. Yes i know a 22 lr can do it, but you gotta hit just right

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    They're out there but I sure wouldn't spend that kind of money on one.

    https://www.airforceairguns.com/AirF...p/kitu2204.htm

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    Marksman

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    After reading this post I went to the regs on the DNR site. The county bonus waterless quotas have changed since they printed the reg book. There was a section in wslest central Indiana that had a quota of 3 and a big part of the south was at 4. Now they all have quotas of 2 but the counties that were originally 4 still offer the special rifle season for does. Just another way to confuse hunters, even if you think you are playing by the book.

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    Plinker

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    1200 bit salty. I can get a 44 mag jm marked cowboy limited for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcw12 View Post
    I seen the same thing. I want to see the airgun thats able to take deer. I am ignorant on any air gun that has the stopping power of a 357 or 410 slug. Yes i know a 22 lr can do it, but you gotta hit just right

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    Real Airgun Hunting on Amazon prime could give you some insight.

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    Marksman

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    Im getting my crossman .177 pump and I'll shoot em in the eye, and just keep shooting till it's dead. Or runs off wounded.

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    Grandmaster

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    This is what I'm looking at,

    Quackenbush Air Guns

    I've wanted one for years, but had no real use for it.
    Maybe now that will change.
    I know most people think of them as a novelty, and to some extent, they are, but they could be so much more.
    Think about it. In a S.H.T.F. scenario the supply of loaded ammunition will get scarce in a hurry, as will reloading supplies.

    With a good air gun, all you need is a lead ball and a way to produce the charge.
    The foot pumps for PCP's are very arduous, but will get the job done.
    Dormant U.S.Marine/ NRA Benefactor-Life

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    Here is the actual language:

    Allow air rifles and air bows to be used for deer hunting during the deer firearms season. (312 IAC 9-3-3)
    Hunters have expressed interest in using air rifles and air bows to harvest deer. Air rifles and air bows are capable of humanely and efficiently harvesting a deer. Equipment would have to meet the same requirements specified by the administrative code, but would allow hunters to have additional options when choosing to hunt for deer during firearms season.

    And this is the language that prefaces these proposals:

    The Natural Resources Advisory Council reviewed the fish and wildlife-related administrative rule proposals listed below. For more information about the meetings, please go to: https://www.in.gov/nrc/2334.htm
    Rule proposals that are reviewed and approved will go to the Natural Resources Commission for preliminary adoption at a date yet to be determined.


    So it seems the proposed rules change has been reviewed but certainly not adopted yet nor possibly even approved. IF, it is approved and adopted it also seems pretty clear that air rifles and bows would have certain requirements they would have to meet in order to be legal. In other words, clueless people would not be able to legally do some of the things mentioned here(jokingly I hope).

    While some big bore airguns are certainly capable of cleanly taking deer and even larger game I don't really see this being a really popular option given the cost of the rifles and specialized equipment, the short range and only being allowed in seasons where firearms can be used.

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    Master spencer rifle's Avatar

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    Lewis and Clark took deer on their expedition with one of these:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girandoni_air_rifle

    Also used as a military rifle, issued to Austrian troops. Plenty powerful enough.

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