Taking game

Legal methods of taking resident game

Definition of take

The term shall include taking, attempting to take, pursuing, hunting, molesting, capturing, or killing any wildlife or freshwater fish, or their nests or eggs by any means whether or not such actions result in obtaining possession of such wildlife or freshwater fish or their nests or eggs.

Resident game birds and mammals

Rifles, shotguns, pistols, longbows, compound bows, recurve bows, crossbows and birds of prey (falcons, hawks and great horned owls) may be ed. Longbows, compound bows, recurve bows must have minimum draw weights of 35 pounds.  Hand-held releases may be used. Arrows or bolts used to take deer or turkeys must be equipped with broadheads having at least two sharpened edges with minimum widths of 7/8 inch. Air guns may be used to take gray squirrel, rabbit, furbearers and wild hog.

Hunting deer with a muzzleloader

Muzzleloading guns firing single bullets must be at least .40-caliber or larger.  Muzzleloading guns firing two or more balls must be 20-gauge or larger.

Prohibited methods and equipment for taking resident game

Areas closed to hunting

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