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Idaho hunting regs, especially muzzleloader definition

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This thread perhaps should be under the "your neck of the woods" because I don't live in Idaho, but I am sure thinking about moving there. I was just reading the Idaho hunting regulations. One thing that really stood out to me was the definition of the muzzleloading rifle, which I was so enthused to read that I was doing the 'ol arm pump in agreement. Idaho does not allow the use in-line muzzleloaders firing sabotted bullets. Good for them!

I have always been opposed to the use of the in-line muzzleloaders which, in my opinion, were developed to skirt the laws for using "primitive weapons" as some states call them thereby defeating the intended purpose of those laws. I don't like it.

I was glad to see Idaho requires the use of actual primitively styled muzzleloading rifles. I hunt in Indiana where in-lines are considered legal muzzleloaders and I disagree. I have hunted deer with my muzzleloader, a Hawkens rifle with a patched round ball.

I know I will step on someone's toes with this opinion, I do not intend to offend. I was just glad to see that Idaho, in my opinion, got it right.

I will scout out more of Idaho next summer as a future place for the wife and I to live, what a beautiful state with abundant recreational opportunities.

Best regards,

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Some people also feel that compound bows and crossbows are "cheating" and shouldn't be allowed during archery season. The guys who pointed out that the regulations are about money, license sales and herd management are on the right track. Personally, I don't even like muzzle-loaders, yet I own three of them, because Indiana has such dumb regulations on what you can hunt a deer with. I guess if I could use a real rifle during "gun" season, I wouldn't mind if the muzzle-loader season required primitive guns with exposed lock mechanisms and no sabot-launched bullets. As things stand, I truly appreciate the added range, accuracy and reliability one gets with a modern, scoped ML. It gives me an option during gun season that has the same range and lethality as a slug gun, w/o the punishing recoil.

My wife, who has not hunted outside of IN thus far, is 100% satisfied with her T/C Omega and sees no reason to use any other gun, for any deer hunting. Given her success with that gun, so far, it is difficult to argue with her. :)
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