Is it legal to hunt small game with a Pellet Gun? Tags for small game?
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 07:38 PM
You are quite welcome for the information. I know what it's like to search all over for information regarding hunting with air guns so I enjoy helping others when I can. We need more air gunners out there hunting! As far as hunting with a pistol you might save yourself some potential trouble with the CDFG Wardens if you give your local DFG a call and just ask them if it's legal to hunt with an air pistol. One thing I am sure of is, since the pistol has a shorter barrel it is therefore typically less accurate the further out your target is . One of the most important things that does matter with any air gun is the amount of FPE (foot pounds of energy) that it hits your intended target with. If that pistol can shoot a 14.3 grain Crosman Premier or Premier Hollow Point at around 460 FPS then I wouldn't shoot at anything past about 20 to 25 yards away. The reason I say that is that you want a minimum of 4 FPE on your target if it is a small animal like a rabbit, squirrel, etc. (more FPE is required if the animal is larger or more robust). At 20 Yards a CPHP traveling at 460 FPS would carry 5.2 FPE and at 25 yards would carry 4.8 FPE. Max distance would probably be 30 yards. At that distance you would get approximately 4.5 FPE with the CPHP pellet at 460 FPS. It is also important that you can be consistantly accurate at those ranges with that pistol. Just like any other animal you would hunt (like a hog), you don't want to take a bad shot, wounding the animal and then have the animal run off, not being able to recover it. I would make sure to practice alot with that pistol with the pellet type you intend to use until you can consistantly hit the kill zone of a still target. Until that time, I wouldn't attempt hunting with the pistol (but that's my personal opinion). I'd also chronograph how fast the pellets are traveling (if you know someone who has one you can borrow it) because that will tell you how far you can shoot and still get a clean kill (as long as you hit the kill zone ). If you have a smart phone I would recommend downloading Hawke Optics "Chairgun Pro". It is a free app for the phone (or you can also download it for your computer free) and it will help you to know the FPE that certain pellets are delivering once you know the velocity (FPS) they are going. I use the iPhone app constantly while testing, tuning and even while out hunting. It is an invaluable app to have. I wish you the best hunting with that pistol but as mentioned above, give DFG a call and ask. It could save you some headaches. Also remember that rabbits and squirrels are quick and spook easily. Most I've encountered haven't allowed me to get within 25 to 30 yards of them and if they did that was very rare. Most like to be around 30 to 40 yards minimum from you and still they don't sit still for but a second before bolting off for cover. Anytime you have questions, feel free to ask. I'll answer what I can and if I don't know I'll let you know or try finding something out.
Thanks Air! That's a wealth of good info you mentioned. So I ended up going with a Crossman 2240 .22 cal. Since Im a bit on a budget I decided to do more research, this gun unfortunately can only go up to 460 fps I believe, but with a ton of aftermarket mods it can go up to 600+fps, so as a first air gun I will try it out. I want to get an Air Rifle , but at this time I'm thinkin pistol to take with me while I go hog hunting, that way I can pull it as a sidearm if I see any yummy critters. Do you know what I can take legally with an air pistol at .22 cal?
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