Deer hunting with rifles in southern wi.
There had to be hundreds of incidents in the CWD area with rifles, the statistics must be wrong! One rifle related injury, that just can't be right...
While I totally agree with you that some handguns are shooting the same cartridges that the rifles will be, one also needs to consider that there will be significantly more rifles than there ever were of handguns. I live in one of the counties that has been switched from shotgun to rifle and I know of very few hunters who utitlized handguns.
I disagree with the DNR's rule change. Seems to me they are putting deer kill over safety and I feel thats ridiculous! For years they stated certain areas had to stay shotgun in populated areas for safety reasons and now that they want more deer killed its suddenly ok. Seems everytime I turn around I lose more and more faith in the DNR!
I travel 400 miles round trip each of the gun hunt weekends, and wish I could get away from work for the week, but now I can go a night or two during the week.
It would be nice if the DNR website (or a different website) would have a list of townships where rifles are allowed etc.
Just a thought.......GOG
Reading only part of a law often leads to confusion. When BJA quoted the law, he neglected to include the part about what was provided in those subs. (3) and (4) that allow exactly the kinds of ordinances you mentioned.
(2) Except as provided in subs. (3) and (4), no political subdivision may enact an ordinance ...
Sub (3) (b), though, says "Nothing in this section prohibits a city, village or town that is authorized to exercise village powers under s. 60.22 (3) from enacting an ordinance or adopting a resolution that restricts the discharge of a firearm."
Government entities still have great latitude on what types of firearms may be discharged within their borders, in effect, giving them the ability to ban rifles in what was once shotgun only areas.