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22 rim fire for squirrel

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22 rim fire for squirrel

Postby recurve60# » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:56 pm

Someone told me that it's not legal to use a 22 to hunt squirrel during bow season. Is this true? I've hunted squirrel with a 22 from opening day till closing for 35 years and have never heard of or seen this rule in the regulations.
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Re: 22 rim fire for squirrel

Postby scn » Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:25 am

There is no change in it being legal for squirrel while the archery season is going on. However, the following statute is still in effect:

70-4-123. Hunting with bow and arrow while in possession of firearms or accompanied by a person in possession of firearms -- Penalty.
(a) It is unlawful for any person hunting big game with a bow and arrow to be in possession of any firearms or be accompanied in hunting by any person possessing firearms during the archery-only deer season; provided, that persons authorized to carry a handgun pursuant to § 39-17-1351 may carry a handgun as defined in § 39-11-106(a) while hunting big game with a bow and arrow during the archery-only deer season.
(b) A person who violates this section commits a Class C misdemeanor.

For those authorized to carry a handgun, it is illegal for it to be used to do any hunting while archery hunting. It is for self protection only.
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