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Location: Wrong side of the tracks, Erie PA,
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Update to the old post, all the laws are still the same back in NY, but I no longer hunt there. Just not worth the cost of an NR license there IMHO, and I prefer to be able to take a pistol with me when I hunt, and as a NR of NY, I no longer hold a NY Pistol Permit. I'll stick to hunting here instead.
Here in PA, we are allowed rifles, shotguns or handguns With Sportsman Permit or LTCF) as long as they are manually operated for big game. Caliber a gauge depends on the game being hunted, as does projectile type (Turkey is BG here, and a solid can be used in the Fall season, but shot only in the Spring.) From the state deer regs:
Manually operated centerfire rifles, handguns, and shotguns with an all lead bullet or ball, or a bullet designed to expand on impact.
Now, I will stick with the way I did it in NY, shotgun in the deep woods, rifle for field, handgun as a BU for both, and bow in the more urban areas on the outskirts of the suburbs. We're still looking for some private land around here we can use, but we do have the SGL about 15 minutes from the house, and a salvage yard we can use to bowhunt in Fairview. the only one we can't use firearms on is the Salvage yard, as per the owner's request. Aside from that, we are limited to 3 rounds in long guns, 6 in handguns, manually operated (Single shot, bolt, pump, lever, ect.) and the LTCF or SL to hunt while in possession of a handgun, SL to hunt with it, and LTCF to carry primarily for SD.
As ti using a shotgun with slugs, I have a Remington 11-48 that shoots minute of beer bottle at 50 yards with it's old Weaver scope on an Echo mount that I can't use here, and a Mossberg 185-d that has a Redding peep sight on it that will do the same as long as I do my part. I've dropped more than one deer at 75 yards with that old BA pumpkin lobber, but most of my shots are at less than 40 yards, on about a 10 inch target. I really don't ever need a rifle for deer, but I still sometimes carry one, most often, the NEF Handi-Rifle in .45-70 when i know most pof my shots will be less than 100 yards, and the 7X57 Mauser (1916 Spanish Short Rifle, 1st pattern) for out to 250 yards if I'm hunting the edge of a field.
Like I posted earlier, it just depends on where I'll be that day, and what conditions I will encounter.
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