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Petition for Big Bore AirGun Hunting in California
« on: August 04, 2018, 04:29:16 PM »
This is a generic Petition for Big Bore AirGun Hunting that AirgunDepot put out a while ago. I'd like to use this as a base for a new petition specifically for BigBore Airgun Hunting in California.

Please read through it, and provide some feed back. In the meantime I'm trying to connect with folks in other states who have successfully petitioned their Fish and Game to allow Big Bore Airgun Hunting. It's time.

In California we can use airguns for hunting various upland game birds, and Turkeys, and exotic deer and sheep. But there is no provision for big bore airgun hunting of pigs (who are also feral, but considered Game animals) deer, and other critters. I aim to petition the DFG to change this. 

http://wp.airgundepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/hunting-petition.pdf#jmui=f%3A1349%3A305419896%3A0T_2zVNgmVZa%252wrFHyw.C6Z

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To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing this letter because I am a responsible outdoors and hunting enthusiast who would like to see the hunting regulations in our state be amended to allow the expanded use of airguns as a legal weapon for taking game. Airgun technology has improved greatly and airguns are more capable than ever before. Traditionally air rifles have been available in small calibers only (.177,.22,and .25), but with the advent of pre-charged pneumatic air rifles it is not uncommon to see rifles chambered in .30,.35,.45, or even .50 caliber. These guns are capable of producing substantial muzzle energy which makes them capable of humanely taking game animals. Unfortunately current regulations allow only limited use of air guns for hunting purposes, which is why I am writing you.

Many states such as Arizona, Michigan, and Texas have already made concessions to allow the use of airguns on big game such as deer, black bear, hog and antelope, and in these states hunters have successfully taken game with their air rifles. The techniques used in airgun hunting are very similar to those used in bow hunting and as such they contribute greatly to the “fair chase” mentality. Airgunners rarely take shots from more than 50 yards away, they will typically hunt from blind or tree stands thus reducing errant shots, and due to the relatively short effective range of air rifle projectiles they run far less risk of projectiles traveling long distances and striking unintended targets. Airguns are also much quieter than standard firearms thus reducing the noise pollution of hunters who are shooting in areas that may be near livestock or dwellings.

Airgunning is one of the fastest growing shooting sports, and as such the technology related to airguns continues to grow. Airguns are capable of more than ever before and it’s time for the hunting laws in our state to reflect that change to allow greater use of these tools in the field. Many sportsmen, just like me are interested in the added challenge that using an air rifle brings to hunting. Seeing these laws change is important to us. We know that your influence on lawmakers in our state can be a huge asset to hunters and sportsman and we look forward to working together to make the future of airgun hunting bright.

Respectfully,
________________________________ ________________________________ Name Signature
________________________________ ________________________________ City, State Date

** For your consideration I have included the following links to more information about airguns and their use as it pertains to hunting.

http://www.airgundepot.com/hunting-guide.html http://www.crosman.com/get-hunting/hunting-with-airguns http://www.pyramydair.com/blog/ethical-airgun-hunting/ http://www.airforceairguns.com/Articles.asp?ID=309
« Last Edit: August 04, 2018, 04:31:23 PM by steveoh »


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Re: Petition for Big Bore AirGun Hunting in California
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2018, 11:48:33 PM »
One thought is should we be highlighting and letting people know our air rifles are quiet?  The reason is being a Californian we live in a pretty anti-gun area and CA does not as far as I know allow LCD or silencers on firearms.  Yes air rifles are not considered firearms but I have been a bit nervous if I am allowed or would get fined, etc. by having a LCD / silencer on my rifle?  I would love to hunt pig with my air rifle.  I am all for pushing for that allowance and would be glad to sign a petition etc.
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Re: Petition for Big Bore AirGun Hunting in California
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2018, 11:52:11 AM »
One thought is should we be highlighting and letting people know our air rifles are quiet?  The reason is being a Californian we live in a pretty anti-gun area and CA does not as far as I know allow LCD or silencers on firearms.  Yes air rifles are not considered firearms but I have been a bit nervous if I am allowed or would get fined, etc. by having a LCD / silencer on my rifle?  I would love to hunt pig with my air rifle.  I am all for pushing for that allowance and would be glad to sign a petition etc.

It's very interesting to me that a number of posts over at the GTA were about being fearful of the following should big bore airguns be allowed for big game hunting:

1. Would surely mean that non-lead pellets and slugs would be required by law for All Airguns including .177, .20, .22 etc and not only big bores. (the first opinion came from a manufacture of big bore airguns. WTH?)
2. We'd be inviting undesired attention. Best to stay where we are and shut up. (To me this means dig a hole in the sand and place our heads and never come out.)
3. one guy says he has a collection of center fire, and rim fire firearms to hunt all the game animals he cares to hunt.
4. another guy says it's no fun tracking wounded animals, and suggests that airguns would increase the number of wounded animals.  No mention of powder burner folks blasting off half a deer's face, or hunting with handguns, or bows and arrows, or crossbows, and wounding animals. I say BS.

And so it goes.
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Re: Petition for Big Bore AirGun Hunting in California
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2018, 03:50:43 PM »
For me I was just not sure about the silencer/LCD issue.  I would love for CA to legalize pig/wild boar hunting with an air rifle.  I think some of the positive points could be that an air rifle is a better environmentally as there is no smoke or combustion used.  As long as it was limited to .30 caliber and larger big bore air rifles that should deal with the rifles ability to kill humanely. I think eventually all air rifles may require non lead and at that point pellet companies will just have to create a non lead pellet and we will have to pay possibly an increased cost but I think will eventually occur.  Eventually we might have to register our air rifles as well as the reality is that the technology is getting so good that they might demand that?  I am all for legalizing pig/boar hunting but it is just not as easy here in a state that really is so against guns in general which sucks...  If you can find the language used in other states that might help craft the language?
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