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    Small game season centerfire handgun

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    Public WMA post General Gun season; "Small Game Season",as it relates to Hog hunting.

    "Centerfire Rifles prohibited"

    Are centerfire handguns specifically allowed??

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    A hand gun is not a rifle. I would say yes.
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    They aren't specified, but they are not excluded. Neither are shotguns with buckshot or slugs etc. JMHO
    So bring out the 30-06 encore pistol...

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    Centerfire pistols are allowed. I have a .204 pistol and a 7mm-08 pistol specifically for small game season on public land.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshAaron91685 View Post
    Centerfire pistols are allowed. I have a .204 pistol and a 7mm-08 pistol specifically for small game season on public land.
    I'd sure like to see that law changed and I will work towards that end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANUMBER1 View Post
    I'd sure like to see that law changed and I will work towards that end.
    Want to go hunt hogs at Lower Suwannee NWR with rimfire only? That's all they allow besides #6 shot or smaller. If hogs are really a problem in this state, we should be allowed decent equipment to take them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ANUMBER1 View Post
    I'd sure like to see that law changed and I will work towards that end.
    Why? THat statement makes zero sense to me. If its a safety issue simply require orange. Problem solved.

    What really makes me hot is the wma's that dont allow centerfire anything but allow hog trappers to go in and hunt with rifles. WTF? Some people (like me) enjoy hunting with a pistol so the hog seasons and small game are a perfect time to use them.

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    JMO, it's small game, centerfires have no place in small game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANUMBER1 View Post
    JMO, it's small game, centerfires have no place in small game.
    I have to disagree. Big centerfire rifles I'l give you, but centerfire pistols should be legal (and are, on most wma's) and I wish they'd make a rule to allow .23 and smaller centerfire rifles for small game. I like predator hunting but its a bit of a challenge without a rifle.

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    So shooting a 22lr at squirrels up in trees is ok? but shooting hogs or coyotes with a .357mag(me) -- 7mm-08(Josh) single shot pistol is just not sporting or even safe. And 12 gauge slugs are far less dangerous to shoot into the bushes at hogs/dogs than any pistol sporting a centerfire cartridge. ...yeah I think it is best to let individuals with good judgement use that same judgment to select the most appropriate tool to accomplish the task at hand. And I understand that many don't have good judgement, so limit SG to no CF rifles- fine, but leave my pistol alone. Now if I start slinging 158 JHP bullets up in the air at pigs in trees...someone stop me. I doubt Josh is shooting squirrels with his 7mm. I bet he would squirrel hunt with a 22, doubtful even his .204, who can see a squirrel at 150 yards up in a tree to take a shot at with a .204? It would be a waste of the guns capability to shoot squirrels at 20 yards with it (I would dare say he has never fired at a 20yard target with it,probably nothing under 50).

    My bottom line, the rule is fine and I hope it never changes.

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