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Approved Firearms

The 2013 Big Game Weapon Restrictions section states

In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:

• By any means other than approved firearms, muzzleloaders and archery methods.

There is nothing in the regulations that specify what the term "approved firearms" means. Please clarify. Thanks in advance.

Answer

Please continue to review page 88 of the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules book for lists of weapon restrictions, including restrictions for  rifle and shotgun; short range weapons; muzzleloader caliber requirements, muzzleloader only seasons and archery only seasons.

For example, for rifle and shotguns, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:

  • With any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; except scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles are allowed.
  • With any fully automatic firearm.
  • With any firearm that, in combination with a scope, sling and/or any attachments, weighs more than 16 pounds. 
  • With any shotgun using shot smaller than #buck.
  • With any rimfire rifle, rimfire handgun, or muzzle-loading handgun, except for mountain lions or legally-trapped gray wolves.