Hunting with air guns: Because an air gun is not recognized as a firearm in Washington, it is not permitted to hunt game birds or game animals with one. However, if you are a resident of an area where firearms are allowed, such as within the boundaries of a shooting range, it is your right to use an air gun while hunting.
Only certain animals are protected by law and include deer, bear, elk, and turkey. It is illegal to hunt any of these species with anything other than a firearm. Air guns are prohibited for these activities as well as for hunting fish.
While using an air gun may be permissible under state law, it is recommended that you follow all applicable local laws. If you are questioned by authorities about whether you were using a firearm during a hunt, it will be up to you to prove that you were not. They may consider this evidence that you were indeed able to kill the animal, which is why it is illegal to use an air gun.
If you are found guilty of violating any federal or state law while hunting, you could be fined or even imprisoned. These penalties could apply regardless of how you hunted - with a firearm or not.
Special hunt permits, big-game auctions, and raffle permit hunts provide opportunities to participate in a sought-after hunt while directly benefiting conservation and management in Washington. Many properties in Washington allow hunting, but it's crucial to know the restrictions and regulations before you go.
In Washington, most wildlife are protected by law, so it is illegal to harm, kill, or attempt to take any species of wildlife within the state boundaries. However, there are exceptions based on what part of the animal is being used and who is using it. For example, if one wants for food, then killing a deer is allowed provided that it is taken without cruelty toward the animal. If one wishes to use its skin for clothing, then killing a deer is also allowed. However, if one intends to sell the meat or parts of the animal at a market, then this would not be permitted.
Hunting seasons, bag limits, and other regulations vary depending on the species and location within the state. It is important to check with local officials to make sure you understand how much each area is being hunted so that you don't exceed the allowed number of animals.
Illegal hunting can result in fines and/or jail time. Wildlife crime investigators work with local authorities to enforce these laws and penalties are high; therefore, it is in everyone's best interest to follow the rules.
The big game There are several restrictions and laws that must be followed when hunting in Washington. Deer, bear, elk, cougar, goat, bighorn sheep, and moose are examples of big game. A 24 caliber or 6mm center fire rifle is required to hunt deer, elk, and bear. Rimfire rifles are not permitted to be used for large game hunting. The only exception is if the animal is taken as a curio or specimen; in this case, a 22 caliber rifle will do.
Rifles that use bullets over.22 caliber cannot be taken across state lines into Oregon where larger game is hunted. In fact, all firearms used in Washington must be registered with the Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW).
Registration is free and easy. You can register your firearm online through the WDFW website: www.wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/registration. Click on "Find a Law Enforcement Officer" under the "About Us" menu and then select a district office near you. Officers will review the information you provide and issue you a registration card. Cards are valid for 5 years and can be updated online if necessary.
Big game hunters must also obtain a license from WDFW. Fees vary depending on the type of tag you want to purchase. Base fees for licenses and tags can be found on the WDFW website.
New Hampshire is the only state that does not allow some lawful air rifle hunting. According to the local governments' 14-3-1 laws, no one shall shoot or discharge an air gun, B-B gun, gas-operated gun, or spring gun for hunting within the compact section of the City of Concord. The ban does not apply to hunters on private land or outside city limits.
Concord has also banned all free-range livestock breeding by means of gas or electric shock devices. These devices can be used to create a pulse in animals' brains that causes them to breed without being mounted by a hunter. This form of hunting is legal in several other states.
Free-range livestock breeding is a popular method among farmers who want to avoid using hormones and other chemicals to promote growth or prevent disease. It has also become a popular method with animal rights activists who believe that forcing animals to produce offspring against their will is inhumane.
Electric shock devices are also used to induce ovulation in female animals so they can be hunted during estrus (the most fertile time of the month). This is done by placing a voltage-sensitive electrode on either the cow's back or abdomen. When the bull approaches, the electrode detects his electrocardiogram and delivers a jolt of electricity through him to the cow.
To hunt animals in Washington, all hunters, regardless of age, must have a valid hunting license and any appropriate tags, permits, or stamps. The licensing system is managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). Hunters can contact DFW's License Office by phone at (360) 553-4400 or online at www.dfw.wa.gov/hunting/.
Hunters don't need a license to kill small game such as squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, and marmots. However, they do need a tag that has been issued for that species. Large game such as deer and elk require a license, as well as a tag that has been issued for that species.
It is illegal to hunt without a license and with illegally taken weapons or ammunition. Unlicensed hunters may be asked by police to produce their license before being allowed to go free from jail time.
The cost of a license varies depending on the type of license required and where it is being used. For example, residents of rural counties only need a license if they plan to hunt big game such as deer or elk.
In Connecticut, air weapons, including BB guns, are legal for hunting, but only those with a single pellet or ball projectile can be used. Otherwise, they are restricted in the same way as rifles and pistols are. In most state-leased and permit-required hunting areas, BB guns are forbidden. The only exception is if you have a special permit from the Department of Environmental Protection. These permits are issued based on an application that includes proof of hunter education certification or a license. No one under the age of 18 may apply for or carry a firearm permit.
Connecticut law requires that all gun owners purchase a firearms purchaser identification (FID) card before they can buy a rifle or shotgun. To get the card, you must go to your local police department or town hall and pay $10 for an FID card and a $20 fee for a photo ID card. The card is valid for 10 years. There is no charge for renewing it. Gun owners must also complete a training course to maintain their license. The courses cover such topics as safety, hunting laws, and care of weapons.
Training courses are offered by local shooting clubs or through the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. They usually last about an hour and cover the same material listed above. A trainee must pass a test at the end of the course to show he or she understands what was taught.