January 26, 2018 at 9:36am
I don't wish to impose my choices on others. The fact is I generally hunt with one of my sidelock muzzle loaders (including flintlocks) throughout the entire gun season. If I hunt with a cartridge rifle, it's either a single shot 25-06 or a single shot 45-70. I don't even own a cartridge rifle in a deer caliber that can carry more than one cartridge.
What I do object to are the 'special regulations' that are a joke. I can't hunt with my iron sighted flintlock during the lengthy bow season even though the effective range of that setup is about the same as that of a crossbow (actually a scoped crossbow has the edge over the iron sighted flintlock). Why should a bow/crossbow hunter have a season that's over 30 days longer than gun hunters? Are they a protected species?
If I had my way there would be one season for all hunters during which the hunter could use whichever weapon he chooses, whether that be bow, crossbow, handgun, shotgun or any species of rifle.