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Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« on: August 29, 2021, 08:51:30 AM »
  With the high fire danger is it legal to hunt Grouse with an air rifle? I really don't see where it's illegal.
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Re: Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2021, 09:05:17 AM »
See page 51:

FIREARM REGULATIONS
It Is Unlawful To Hunt:
• Game birds with a shotgun capable of holding
more than three shells.
• Game birds or game animals with a shotgun
larger than 10 gauge.
• Turkeys with shot larger than #4 (e.g. #2).
• Game birds or game animals with anything
other than a firearm, a bow and arrow, a crossbow, or by falconry.

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Re: Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2021, 01:39:28 PM »
I thought a muzzleloader was not considered a firearm

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Re: Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2021, 01:43:00 PM »
I thought a muzzleloader was not considered a firearm

Federally they are not considered a firearm but the state of Washington says that they are. So by state law they are a firearm
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Re: Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2021, 10:10:26 AM »
Nope it is illegal, can't even hunt squirrels in Washington with an air rifle.
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Re: Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2021, 06:03:40 PM »
I think WDFW voted to allow .22 and .25 air rifle for small game and maybe grouse starting next year… but rule changes are glacial and I forgot where I found meeting minutes about it.

Not sure about squirrels, I didn’t think there were restrictions on hunting unclassified animals?
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Re: Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2021, 09:01:26 PM »
Soo, From what I see,, :IBCOOL: Rimfire .22 or .22 mag is legal,, But NO Air rifle have never been legal as a weapon in this state for Forest Grouse, or any Upland birds.
Forest Grouse in this state are NOT considered an Upland bird here. & .Rimfire loads are legal here, shotgun loads are as well.
Hand guns up to 45 cal. are too.
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Re: Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2021, 01:26:39 PM »
I think WDFW voted to allow .22 and .25 air rifle for small game and maybe grouse starting next year… but rule changes are glacial and I forgot where I found meeting minutes about it.

Not sure about squirrels, I didn’t think there were restrictions on hunting unclassified animals?

If that's true, that would be great. That's how I started hunting.
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Re: Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2021, 02:11:07 PM »
I was just thinking how nice it would have been to have an air rifle for the high hunt...couldn't walk 100 feet without kicking up a grouse.

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Re: Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2021, 07:12:37 PM »
I think WDFW voted to allow .22 and .25 air rifle for small game and maybe grouse starting next year… but rule changes are glacial and I forgot where I found meeting minutes about it.

Not sure about squirrels, I didn’t think there were restrictions on hunting unclassified animals?

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Re: Grouse hunting with an air rifle
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2021, 10:14:13 AM »
My mistake, it was proposed originally for this year's batch of changes, but it doesn't look like it was adopted. Don't know why. Maybe 2024? :dunno:
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