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Friday, 01 November 2013 20:35

Ban on Rifle Hunting Deer

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So we at Shotem and Caughtem read the news that Wisconsin is going back to look over the rules regarding the ban of rifle hunting deer.  Since we are from Kansas and much of the ban revolves around bullet placement, we felt that this was a more important subject to cover.  To see more about the ban and its details here is the article we read Wisconsin Deer Hunting Rifle Ban Article.

The main concern the ban brings to bear is that many of the areas the ban covers is flat open territory with rural properties interlaced.  They felt that shotgun slugs or .22 - .17 cal bullets were safer and posed less threat to the people around the areas.  Our thoughts would go a different direction.  Here are our thoughts and we would love to get the comments and ideas you might have in the comment section below.

1.  Flat Open Areas.  Every state has its flat parts.  Kansas is one of the most well known states for such a typography though we feel it is un fair after looking at the rest of the US.  However, if you have an educated person behind the end of a rifle they are well aware of velocity, distance and trajectory of their projectile.  A well oiled hunter though tries to blame their equipment for that misplaced shot many times it is operator error.  Though accidents happen  the one thing many think about is where that bullet will go should we miss.  Many hunters hunt with buddies and are always worried about accidently hitting their hunting buddies or worse (unless it's Dick Cheney :)  

2.  Wounding the animal.  Though a shotgun slug at close range works well, small calibers and long range shots pose a wounding risk.  Every hunter has stumbled upon an unfound carcass.  It happens more than we hunters would like.  The possibilities increase when you limit the fire power a hunter is capable of using.  The larger the caliber the greater chance a non perfectly place shot will still create a situation where you can recover the animal.  

Let us know your other arguments in the comment section below and post photo to the galleries and tell us your story.