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#7123250 - 03/26/18 10:06 AM Air rifles legal in Texas for big game
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Last week, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department gave the nod to allow the use of air rifles for big game hunting this coming fall/winter season. The passing of this new law was a long time coming. Many other states have learned that rifles developing 500 foot pounds of energy with bullets propelled by 3,000 psi of compressed air develop more than enough energy to cleanly harvest big game.
I believe one of the big reasons that game departments have been slow in allowing air rifles during the general hunting seasons is lack of knowledge. When air guns are mentioned, most folks think of the “pump up” pellet rifles of yesteryear. Today’s PCP air rifles charge to 3,000 psi. air pressure via a pressurized scuba or lighter carbon fiber air tank. Most first time shooters are amazed at the power of these rifles.
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#7123252 - 03/26/18 10:08 AM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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#7123268 - 03/26/18 10:36 AM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Sweet..... now to get an air rifle
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#7123408 - 03/26/18 12:27 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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I wouldn’t say 500 ft. Lbs is “more than enough” energy to cleanly take big game

The old minimum was considered to be 900 ft.lbs on impact.


I don’t really care one way or the other but I will say this will probably result in more wounded game.
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#7123437 - 03/26/18 12:50 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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What are the benefits for individual hunters & the hunting community in general?

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#7123448 - 03/26/18 12:54 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Kind of my thoughts as well, maximus. Why should we be hunting big game with air rifles? The debates on here run wild with which calibers are and are not suitable for white-tailed deer. Yes, a .22 LR will kill a deer but is it the best tool for the job? Nope and neither is a pellet rifle shooting a .177 or .22 caliber pellet.

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#7123456 - 03/26/18 12:57 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: fouzman]
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Originally Posted By: fouzman
Kind of my thoughts as well, maximus. Why should we be hunting big game with air rifles? The debates on here run wild with which calibers are and are not suitable for white-tailed deer. Yes, a .22 LR will kill a deer but is it the best tool for the job? Nope and neither is a pellet rifle shooting a .177 or .22 caliber pellet.


Today's air rifles are not the same as the 177 and 22 are not the same as the pellet guns of our youth.
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#7123461 - 03/26/18 01:00 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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I know that, what caliber is the projectile? Today's bows are not the bows of our youth either, but many deer are wounded and lost by archers.

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#7123482 - 03/26/18 01:14 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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#7123488 - 03/26/18 01:19 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Years ago seen Keith Warren doing a show bout air rifles.
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#7123489 - 03/26/18 01:19 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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These air rifles are of large caliber but not flying all that fast. Most have less energy than a .357 magnum handgun, which is considered marginal for deer hunting.

I’ve seen a few you tube videos of people killing hogs with them. My question is “why is this something you would want to do”?
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I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#7123492 - 03/26/18 01:22 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: txtrophy85]
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Originally Posted By: txtrophy85
My question is “why is this something you would want to do”?


Mine too. But I think I know the answer..."Because I can."

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#7123584 - 03/26/18 02:28 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: fouzman]
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Originally Posted By: fouzman
I know that, what caliber is the projectile? Today's bows are not the bows of our youth either, but many deer are wounded and lost by archers.


I'd much rather have a bow in my hand than an air rifle. hell......guys get flack for shooting deer with a .22 hornet.....which has more power than a lot of these air guns
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I think the deer hunting shows and "Bro' Country" are going to be the downfall of this once-great nation.

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#7123611 - 03/26/18 02:54 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Only way I see it taking off in Texas is if they make a special season or lump them in with say a muzzle loader season.
I've not seen anything that says they will be allowed for use on deer. Big game can mean hogs and predators.

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#7123619 - 03/26/18 03:02 PM Re: Air rifles legal in Texas for big game [Re: jeh7mmmag]
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Hogs and predators are not big game animals and are already legal to take by any means or method. No, I think these guys are talking deer to Cape Buffalo. Not that a PH would allow it on a dangerous game hunt.

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