legal to hunt with?

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by soundguy, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    what are caliber mins in many places for hunting deer sized game?

    Smallest I've used here in florida was .223 from a mini14.

    i know rimfire is not allowed in florida.. but I wonder if .222 or .218bee is ?

    anyone know?

    ( ps.. florida deer are like big dog breed size.. ;) )
  2. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    TX, and LA both say "any" centerfire rifle. That would include the .22 Hornet.

  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    Florida just requires centerfire, and no FMJ for deer. So 22 Hornet is legal.
  4. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    WA is .24 caliber minimum and centerfire for all big game except cougar which can be taken with any .22 center fire or larger caliber.

    so it's funny, a .223 rifle is illegal but you could hunt with a 4" barrel .32 ACP for example.

    handgun is legal here also for all big game so long as it meets the .24/center fire and 4" min barrel length.\

    shotgun also legal for big game using buckshot or slugs
  5. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012

    that means no 17hmr.. but 25acp is fine ;)

    i do know a guy that hunts with 30 carbine... actually takes game with it too.
  6. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    6mm minimum on the states that care. Any centerfire for the ones that care less. and shotgun and bow only for the ones that care a little too much
  7. jedwil

    jedwil Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Texas Hill Country
    Josh, I guess I could get a .204 and hunt Elk or Nilgai in our state.......
  8. nmckenzie

    nmckenzie Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Sitka, Alaska
    I seem to recall decades ago one of the New England states talking about muzzle energy as opposed to caliber for establishing hunting cartridge minimums. Can't recall which state, whether their effort was successful, or if so, which cartridges met their minimum energy criteria.
  9. Dog Soldier

    Dog Soldier Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    The Great Desert
    Why would they care? Archery is legal, any firearm is better than a Bow and Arrow.:)
  10. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    w.. maybee not 25acp and 22 bb/cb caps.. :)
  11. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I should hunt elk with a .25 auto just to be a prick.... but I'd probably go hungry... oh wait, I already did go hungry this year, no horns.

    Tomorrow is the last day of late buck, wish me luck..... here's to hoping the M1A will speak death tomorrow...... and a full freezer...

    if not, chum salmon run is almost here, gonna wreck those suckers again this year, smoker is sitting ready! Filled up 3 cards last year
  12. howlnmad

    howlnmad Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2008
    Harriman, Tn
    Here in Tn we used to have a rule of 24 caliber or larger but a few years back they changed it to any centerfire cartridge. I still don't think I could comfortably hunt big game with anything smaller than a .243. Although I have hunted in Al with a .223. (but they were small deer).
  13. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    How 'bout translating that sentence, for those of us that don't live in the Pacific North Wet and catch salmon?
  14. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Athens, Georgia
    In Georgia it is legal to use any centerfire rifle .22 or larger for deer or bear, with no restrictions on magazine capacity. I can take my AR-15 with 30 round magazine if I wanted to!!

    I have a friend that pops em in the head with a .17HMR on his own property.
  15. aa1911

    aa1911 Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    your license comes with the first card which equates to 26 fish (2/day limit) plus halibut and steelhead for a very big total. Only did salmon though so 26/card. Basically, for about a month, I went to the river every day and pulled out my two within the hour and left! had a running rotation going with brining and smoking them, it was ridiculous. Earlier it was pinks.

    subsequent cards have to be bought once first is full, cost is ony $12.50 for another 26 fish! most fish average between 10-15lb.

    First card was all pink salmon though and some kings and silvers.

    What's funny also is the shotgun 3 roundl limit here and most places (and has to be plugged) but rifle I can have a full 20rd mag? OK with me!

    When I buy a shotgun, the plug is the first thing that I rip out and toss.
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