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Check your local hunting laws, but you probably can.
 

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Is this a legal question, or a question of stopping power? Obviously I wouldn't recommend you hunt with a pistol in 9mm para or .25ACP, but I've seen hunters bring back respectable bucks using pistols in .454 casull and 500 S&W.
 

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http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=27 ... 1633#FARMS

Rifles and Handguns- Rifles or handguns using ammunition larger than .22 caliber rimfire long rifle cartridges are prohibited on state-owned land. Rifles or handguns of any caliber are prohibited on State-leased and Permit-Required Hunting Areas (see Permit-Required and State-Leased Hunting Area sections for exceptions). The use of rifles or handguns to hunt turkeys, waterfowl, or any other federally regulated migratory game bird (except crows) is prohibited. The use of handguns to hunt deer is prohibited. Hunting on private land with ammunition larger than .22 caliber rimfire long rifle during the private land shotgun/rifle deer season is prohibited unless the user has a valid private land deer season permit and landowner consent form. The use of rifles to hunt deer is subject to additional restrictions (see Private Land Shotgun/Rifle Season). The use of ammunition larger than .22 caliber rimfire long rifle to hunt raccoon or opossum at night is prohibited. A person using a handgun for hunting must possess any required state/town permits to carry. Note that it is legal to use .17 caliber rimfire firearms in all situations where it is legal to use .22 caliber rimfire long rifle firearms.
That seems kind of restrictive. If you really want to hunt w/ a handgun, best start lobbying your lawmakers.
 

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Thanks. I guess somewhere in there it does allow that a hand gun be used, but only on the fifth Wednesday of every month non-coincident with a full moon. I don't actually intend on hunting with a hand gun, I'm just trying to make sense of the laws before I buy one. It would have been nice to know that I culd if I wanted to.

While I'm planning on enjoying my guns once I have them, the reason for having them in my home is primarily self defense. It is sad to say then that at this point I'm truly more afraid of breaking a law than I am someone breaking into my home. The saying that the laws make criminals out of honest people seems to be accurate.

Read that list of odd ball restrictions. In any other situation on any other subject people would scream entrapment.
 

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Your problem is you live in Illinois. As you probably realize, Chicago's politics percolate through the whole state. And even though you have some of the best deer hunting in the country, Illinois law is not friendly to gun owners. You could go hunt in Indiana; handguns have been legal for hunting there for many years.
 

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#1. NOT a stupid question.

#2. It all depends on the state you are hunting in. My state, Iowa, allows deer hunting with a .357 with at least a 4" barrel or with a .45 ACP.

The people in charge of hunting rules determine the amount of energy required for the game being hunted and then decide which firearms may be used.

There is a reason for each item in the hunting regulations and "most" of them make sense when viewed as a portion of the "Big Picture".
 

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What does Illinois have to do with anything? Stan (who asked the question) lives in Cheshire, CT.

Here in Tennessee it's very legal to hunt with a handgun as long as it has a 4" barrel and is a .357 or bigger. I usually hunt with a .44 mag. (Ruger Bisley: one is scoped, one is open sights, or Colt Anaconda), or a .41 mag. (S&W 57). First time you kill a deer with a handgun there is no going back! It's addictive. But do check your state laws first. Them yankee lawmakers ain't as much fun as our good ol' boys down here.
 

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As others have stated, you can hunt with a handgun but it depends on where you live. Wyoming allows handgun hunting with restrictions on caliber. If you follow the rules you can hunt anything with a handgun you can hunt with a rifle. I haven't quite figured out Texas yet, but the rules seem to be even more liberal than some other states. Check your local hunting regs.
 

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Actually you can hunt with a pistol in Illinois, you can even take your 22 or 17 cal pistol and squirrel hunt if you want. You can carry your pistol of legal caliber,shotgun with slugs, and muzzle loading rifle all at the same time during firearm season. We used to have a pistol only season in early Jan. but now they let you use a shotgun or muzzle loader also during that one.
 

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Actually you can hunt with a pistol in Illinois, you can even hunt squirrels or rabbits with your 17 or 22 pstol. We used to have a pistol only deer season but now you can use a pistol in the regular firearm season,you can carry your pistol,shotgun, and muzzle loader in firearm all at the same time if you wanted. [can't imagine doing that] Some do carry thier pistol and a long gun during firearm season.
 

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No problem naildriver. Due to the huge number of spammers that have been trying to invade this site, all new members posts have to be manually approved before they show up.
 

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kolinexy said:
Is the Crosman 2260 se a quality gun for small game hunting? I am thinking about buying either the Crosman 2260 se or the Beeman RS2 for target shooting and small game hunting. Which one is better?
Kolinexy,

Please start your own thread.

This one is about hunting with a handgun.

Your thread is about using a pellet gun, etc....I doubt seriously that anyone will get on this thread and respond to your question!!

Welcome to the forum
 
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