Wisconsin State Wide Rifle

7/24/13 @ 7:49 AM
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Neo1335
Neo1335
USER since 12/27/09
I read that WI is going to be rifle state wide does anyone know this to be fact for this season
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9/24/13 @ 3:30 PM
Mr.Bass1984
Mr.Bass1984
USER since 6/12/10
Illinois and Iowa are still shotgun only, so I don't think you guys would have much of an issue getting rid of them if you really wanted too.

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9/24/13 @ 1:49 PM
gunner_225
gunner_225
USER since 12/31/12
I have about 6 or 7 slug guns

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9/24/13 @ 12:22 PM
photoshop
photoshop
USER since 2/7/10
Breaking News 9/24/13 From The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: RIFLES ALLOWED STATEWIDE, WITH RESTRICTIONS: The DNR Link https://www.facebook.com/WIDNR

Effective Nov. 1, 2013, in time for this year’s 9-day firearm deer season, the use of rifles will be permitted statewide. The Oct. 5-6 youth gun deer hunt will still be restricted to shotgun-only in those portions of the state that were previously shotgun-only. While the DNR is no longer placing restrictions on the use of rifles in certain areas of the state, local municipalities will still be able to restrict the use of rifles within their boundaries. Hunters will need to check with the local municipality where they plan to hunt for any restrictions on the use of rifles. Smile

Edited on 9/25/13 11:55 AM
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9/23/13 @ 1:58 PM
the_dude
the_dude
USER since 1/10/03
Yeah, that stinks for me. I've had an extra slug gun laying around that I meant to sell some time ago. I never got around to it. Looks like it will continue to take up space in my safe.

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9/23/13 @ 11:03 AM
lookn' 4 PnY
lookn' 4 PnY
USER since 7/15/05
A good slug gun could come in handy. Hopefully your prediction becomes reality Ditto!

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9/23/13 @ 9:58 AM
lakeshiner
lakeshiner
USER since 7/20/09
Good deal. I have some thick spots in rifle country where I prefer a slug gun. Might have to upgrade Wink

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9/21/13 @ 9:50 PM
ditto
ditto
USER since 12/6/10
Get ready for the fire sale on used slug guns!

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9/21/13 @ 2:19 PM
shedhunter
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USER since 1/28/08
I have an email from the dnr that says pretty much what fetch just stated, so yes it is true rifle is state wide!!--shed

Edited on 9/21/13 2:29 PM
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9/20/13 @ 8:17 PM
fetch-um-up
fetch-um-up
USER since 2/19/06
OK, here is your proof. It was as simple as chatting on-line with a DNR Service Rep:

Me:I talked to a gal on the DNR info line earlier this week and she said the Shotgun Only zones had been eliminated for this fall, starting Nov 1. I have not found anything corroborating this on line. Can you confirm this? Cheryl: Yes. that is true. Let me see if I have something on that. One moment please. Cheryl: Thank you for waiting. It does not look as though they have been able to update this in the on-line regulations as of yet. Here is the information shared with us: The use of rifles will be allowed statewide starting on Nov. 1, 2013 in time for this year’s 9-day firearm season. The Oct. 5-6 youth gun deer hunt will still be restricted to shotgun-only in those portions of the state that were previously shotgun-only (see the map on page 23 of the 2013 deer regulations booklet). Hunters will need to check with the local municipality where they are planning to hunt to determine if local ordinances are in place that would restrict the use of rifles.......................

Edited on 9/20/13 8:21 PM
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9/19/13 @ 3:29 PM
ditto
ditto
USER since 12/6/10
From what I understand the Senate has to vote on it and they are not in session until October.

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9/19/13 @ 3:28 PM
gocritter
gocritter
USER since 1/9/07
One phone call three Emails to state senator, two day search of legislative agenda and dnr sites. Where is that done deal information located? I found nada.

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9/19/13 @ 1:48 PM
SJB
SJB
USER since 7/16/01
I did a search, but did not find anything passed at the WI dnr site or when I searched google. Any chance someone have a link to this news to make it official?

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9/19/13 @ 10:03 AM
Shoot Straight
Shoot Straight
USER since 10/31/06
Yup it's here!! Of course I bought my Dad a rifled barrel for his 870 after last years season.

Be safe and Shoot Straight!!

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9/19/13 @ 8:34 AM
fetch-um-up
fetch-um-up
USER since 2/19/06
Done deal! Takes effect Nov. 1.....................

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9/17/13 @ 2:39 PM
Laughing Loon
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USER since 4/28/08
I don't have an answer for the original question, "Will rifles be legal state wide this firearms deer season?". I talked with my state senator(vice chair of the NR committee), and he just had a blank stare. He said he would look into that, and get back to me. So far no response.

But to speak to Bassman's concern about the safety of rifles versus shotguns, the Pennsylvania Fish & Game chartered a study to answer this question. The agency doing the study contracted the U.S. Army Ballistics Lab to do the technical research, and their conclusion was, in all ethical uses of rifles and shotguns, shooting slugs, for hunting purposes and methods, the SHOTGUN was more dangerous. The only case cited where a rifle was more dangerous, was if the target was silhouetted on a hill, where the shooter was below the target. This is considered an unethical shot, since it violates one of the four rules of firearm safety...Know your target and what is beyond. In most hunting situations, the shooter is shooting down(elevated stands), or at worst, parallel to the ground. In both cases, where the projectile reflects off of a hard surface, the more frangible rifle ammo will deform, destabilize, and lose energy quickly, where energy is below lethality levels within 175 yards. Whereas a shotgun slug, foster or sabot, is much heavier, and less likely to deform, destabilize, and will still have lethal energy out to 600 yards.

With the proper internet search, the full study, and summary is available on-line. Eye opening, and as is often the case, when the real results run counter to commonly held beliefs.

Many years ago the local farm boys where shooting at driven deer, on frozen plowed fields, with shotguns, and my father and our cabin, 500 yards beyond the deer, came under fire. There is still a scar on a hard maple tree at the front of our cabin. The farm boys refused to believe their slugs could have reached the cabin area, until my father forced them to check out the maple tree 15' from our cabin...Red faces and apologies were the result.

There may be other reasons to not allow rifles for hunting, but the errant belief that a shotgun is safer than a rifle, should not be one of them.

LL

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