Some of the Corps's property is open to hunting. Except for hunting, ownership of a working firearm—even a handgun inside one's own tent—is illegal on Corps grounds. Violators can be arrested and imprisoned.
Other federal lands available for hunting include National Parks, Forest Service areas, Bureau of Land Management lands, and other national forests. It is important to know the regulations for hunting on each of these sites because penalties for violations are often stiff. For example, in National Parks, firearms are prohibited except under special conditions; even then they must be locked up or removed from the area.
State and local governments may also control who can hunt on their lands. Some states and counties may have restrictions on when and how hunters can move around within their borders. Others may prohibit certain types of hunting entirely. It is important to know the rules governing hunting in any given state because violators can be prosecuted in court.
Hunting on private land is by permission only, so always check with the owner before heading out.
Only shotguns, muzzleloading rifles, and pistols in calibers are permitted for deer hunting. Automatic, 357 Magnum, 10mm. .40 Smith & Wesson, and other similar weapons are not allowed.
You can use a pistol to take game if you have a valid license and are an excellent shot. The majority of hunters who use guns for hunting purposes do not kill as many animals as they could with a shotgun or rifle. However, if you're comfortable with the weapon and know how to handle it safely, a handgun is easy to learn and can be used to take game at close range where there's no room for error.
Pistols are powerful instruments that can easily cause injury or death if not handled properly. You should only use firearms as a last resort when no other options are available for taking game. If you don't hit what you aim at, someone will get injured or killed.
It is your responsibility to know what types of wildlife are present in your area and what methods are acceptable for taking them. Some species are more vulnerable than others and should not be taken by any method other than sitting down with a rifle or shotgun. For example, humans are not allowed to shoot raptors such as eagles or hawks.
Is it legal to own a pistol while serving in the United States military? Sure! Your Second Amendment rights are unaffected. However, employing a personal firearm for military reasons is strictly prohibited. This includes using a gun to threaten others or commit acts of violence.
There are several exceptions to this rule. If you're a police officer or civilian employee of the Department of Defense (DoD), then you can carry a gun on base. Also, if you're a member of a combat unit who is sent into active duty near a state or federal border, then you can bring your weapon with you. Last, if you work for a command that has need of firearms expertise but doesn't have officers who meet all requirements set by local law enforcement agencies to carry weapons, then you can fill those positions by hiring licensed individuals as private security guards.
These are just some of the many laws that apply to firearms and the use of force by members of the U.S. military.
According to the Sikes Act, DOD grounds may be available to hunting and fishing if these uses are compatible with the installation's military purpose. Hunting is allowed on most installations without a permit, except for federal lands and waters.
DOD facilities include military bases, naval vessels, other military sites, and federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service. Federal lands not managed by these agencies include national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas.
Generally speaking, hunting is permitted on all installations except nuclear-hardened war zones that are under military control (i.e., troops can be found there but no civilians are allowed in).
There are exceptions to this rule, such as when hunting is prohibited in order to protect an endangered species. Before you go out hunting on any installation, make sure you know its rules. For example, some places prohibit shooting within certain distances of buildings; others have limits on the size of animals that can be hunted; and some forbid certain types of weapons. Find out what those restrictions are before you go hunting.
Hunting on federal lands is usually more restrictive than on private property.
Hunting and/or trapping may be authorized in state forests, state parks, and state recreation grounds; however, landuse rules and regulations may change within these divisions. Different hunting and trapping possibilities may arise as a result of public usage requirements for state forests, state parks, and state recreation properties. For example, hunters can use firearms but not traps on Kentucky Lake State Park, whereas weapons are prohibited in all state parks except Ontario. Check with local officials for current laws before traveling to ensure a safe trip.
If you're interested in hunting on state land or in other federal lands, consider applying for a permit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) manages wildlife refuges and other areas where hunting is permitted under federal law. If you're from an industrialized country and can provide your own transportation to remote places, then hunting might be available near where you live. Otherwise, your best option may be to travel elsewhere to experience the thrill of the chase.
Big game hunters with a NYS pistol permit may carry a 22-caliber rim-fire handgun during regular deer season or early and regular bear seasons; but, a 22-caliber rim-fire handgun may not be used as a main or secondary weapon to take deer or bear. Rim-fires are allowed during antlerless deer season if the hunter has signed up for the Youth Deer Management Program.
Handguns are the most popular weapons used by hunters in New York because of their convenience and availability. Most states allow some type of firearm to be carried while hunting. The use of firearms while hunting is called "shooting" the animal. Hunting with a gun is called "hunting with firearms."
New York allows anyone over the age of 18 to apply for a Pistol License. You must complete a Pistol License Application, have no criminal record, pay a $10 license fee, and pass a shooting test to be issued a license. Persons who want to hunt with a pistol should bring proof of completion of the application process and payment of the fee to any police department or sheriff's office in the state. They will issue a license that allows the holder to carry the weapon.
The law requires that you be able to shoot accurately with either hand. So, if you are right-handed, you must be able to shoot left-handed as well as right-handed.