Questions & Answers: short range
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A: In addition to hunting forest grouse, unprotected nongame, and predatory wildlife (e.g. coyote) you can hunt big game species during any weapon and short-range weapon hunts.
A: You are correct that a 9mm and .40cal can be used during a short range weapon hunt for big game animals. Straight walled cartridges like the 45-70 are not lawful for use during a short range weapon hunt.
Q: Is the .50 AE (50 Action Express) considered a pistol cartridge for the purposes of Short Range Season Hunting?
A: If the cartridge was designed for a pistol then it is legal. I believe this is a pistol cartridge and therefore legal.