Airgun Hunting has Passed!

Florida BullfrogFlorida Bullfrog Posts: 1,271 Officer

7-0 vote is my understanding.

Starting in Fall 2018, .30 and up airguns will be legal for deer, and .20 and up will be legal for turkey.

Woot woot!

Big thanks to everyone that made this happen and to the Commissioners.

I’m excited about hunting again. Not being able to airgun hunt deer and turkeys has been for me what it would feel like for a hard core archer to not be allowed to bow hunt.


  • joekat46joekat46 Posts: 1,736 Captain

    Not to start another FS forum controversy but since these airguns aren't firearms the former felons some are so concerned about these days could soon join us in the field during deer/turkey seasons could they not? Just thinking outside the box >:)

  • Florida BullfrogFlorida Bullfrog Posts: 1,271 Officer
    edited February 7 #3

    Sure, airguns aren’t firearms. Felons can possess them so long as they aren’t also subject to an injunction that forbids possession of a weapon. But crossbows and bows fall in that same area. As do some muzzleloaders. Felons can hunt with those too. I doubt felons will be coming out of the woodwork for airguns if they haven’t already been doing so for crossbows.

  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Posts: 1,681 Captain

    Bullfrog is pinging on target totally!

    And, by-the-way.....Nothing new about airguns! Lewis & Clark had several with them on their trip exploring the newly purchased western areas. The Native Americans were highly impressed with the air gun's quietness.

  • james 14james 14 Posts: 2,816 Moderator

    Glad for you.

  • GeetchGeetch Posts: 65 Greenhorn

    So it this legal? If so, in which season?

  • Florida BullfrogFlorida Bullfrog Posts: 1,271 Officer

    To my knowledge, only General Gun/Fall Turkey for private and WMAs, and Spring on private lands only.

    A disabled hunter asked for their use during muzzleloader, but I do not know if they amended the rule for that. The only amendment I am aware of between last meeting and this one was changing the deer minimum to .30 fron the originally proposed .40. I didn’t attend today, I only heard from someone who was there and I didn’t think to ask about any changes to the seasons.

  • Florida BullfrogFlorida Bullfrog Posts: 1,271 Officer

    I can confirm now that airguns for deer/turkey will in fact only be allowed in General Gun/Fall Turkey and Spring gobbler seasons. They will not be allowed in muzzleloader.

  • FLherritageFLherritage Posts: 213 Deckhand

    Hunting turkeys with rifles, great.

  • HuntnfeeshHuntnfeesh Posts: 123 Deckhand

    Already legal Flherritage

  • joekat46joekat46 Posts: 1,736 Captain
    edited February 9 #11

    Yes - on private land only. Hope that doesn't change. More of a safety issue than anything. Are there any WMAs that allow fall turkey hunting with a rifle now? Can't think of any but at 3am not going to look it up.

  • bgeorgebgeorge Plant City FLPosts: 1,203 Officer

    Fall turkey in Kiss Chain of lakes for sure

    The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Hopefully the next man is not dropping his stones on the mountain you are trying to move.

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