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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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I, too, am a fan of traditional BP rifles, inlines just don't do it for me but I'm happy that others enjoy theirs. My state recently changed the regs to also allow single shot rifles of, I think, 38 caliber or larger. There are certain technicalites as too which style of rifles are allowed but basically the 45-70 is the caliber of choice. And yes, the H&R handi-rifles in 45-70 are allowed and became big sellers overnight.

Now that single shot 45-70's are allowed during what was once ML only season, inlines will soon fade away around here. I haven't seen a traditional ML for sale in any store in several years and I don't recall seeing an inline in stores since the regs changed.

I don't care, really. It's not like my side-lock patched round ball rifle is "illegal", I can still hunt with it during what they now call "primitive weapons season". We've got enough deer around hear so if people want to take advantage of an extra two weeks to hunt with a scoped, single shot 45-70 loaded with Hornady's pointed Leverevolution ammo, fine... what ever blows their hair back. I'll stick to my traditional iron-sighted, sidelocked, patched-round-ball, loaded with real black powder, rifle because I love shooting them no matter what part of the season I'm in.
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