Approved Firearms

Question:

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.