More On Airguns – Two More States Legalize Airguns For Hunting
August 12, 2013
This is pretty cool! In a recent press release from Crosman, I saw the exciting news that Alabama and Arizona have opened the doors for airgun hunters on multiple new species.
According to the piece, Alabama will now allow hunters using airguns .30 caliber or larger for predators, hogs, and whitetail deer. This is pretty cool news, especially in a state where much of the hunting is done at reasonably close range from stands or blinds. I’ve always thought whitetail would be the perfect game for airgun hunting, just as they are for bow hunters.
In AZ, the regulations are a little more diverse, but the news is still good for the big bore airgun enthusiast. Here’s how it breaks down, according to the Crosman article:
- Allow the take of big game animals including pronghorn, deer (mule deer and Coues whitetail), black bear, mountain lion, bighorn sheep (desert and Rocky Mountain) and javelina, but excluding bison and elk, with “big-bore” PCP air rifles .35 caliber and larger, during general (rifle) seasons.
- Allow the take of predators, including coyotes, foxes and skunks and fur-bearing animals, including bobcats, raccoons, weasels, badgers and ringtail cats withPCP air rifles .22 caliber and larger, during general (rifle) seasons.
- Small game (rabbits and squirrels), other animals including coati and Gunnison’s prairie dogs, and birds including Eurasian collared-doves, crows and upland birds (quail, grouse, partridge and pheasant) will continue to be legal for harvest during general seasons with a variety of pneumatic weapons includingPCP’s, the popular break-barrels powered by springs or gas pistons, and the venerable variable pump and CO2 charged air rifles.”
While I’m certain that controversy will continue regarding the ability of air rifles to humanely kill game animals, there’s no question that this genie is out of the bottle. Many states allow the use of airguns for nuisance species and small game, and with AZ and AL added, there are seven states which now permit the use of airguns (with specific qualifications) to hunt whitetail deer. Here in Texas, you still can’t hunt whitetails with an air rifle, but they are permitted for all non-native species and several small game animals as well.
Crosman offers a chart on their website for anyone interested in learning more about their state’s regulations on airgun hunting. It’s an interesting look at the regs across all of the states, and it is updated as of June of 2013. However, as always, I recommend verifying the regulations in your own state through the appropriate fish and game regulatory agency. Measure twice, cut once… ignorance of the law will not get you out of a hefty fine.