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SUMMARY OF ALL 50 STATES
All results are based on 2014-2015 hunting regulations.

State
Slingshots Allowed?

  • Yes means slingshots are allowed in some capacity.
  • No means not allowed in any capacity.

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Alabama
Yes
Legal for small game and nuisance species.
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=504074

Alaska
Yes
Legal for small game and nuisance species.
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=504065

Arizona
Yes
Legal for certain listed species. See link.
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=504070

Arkansas
Yes
Legal for small game. No clear answer for non-game species.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504639

California
Yes
Non-game species only, but limited. Read the regs.
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=504069

Colorado
Yes
Small game and birds.
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=504080

Connecticut
Yes
Legal for non-game species only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=507126

Delaware
Yes
Legal for unprotected species only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506914

Florida
Yes
Legal for non-game animals and furbearers only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506330

Georgia
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=505156

Hawaii
No
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=504079

Idaho
Yes
Legal unless specifically stated otherwise.
Prohibited for upland game birds.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=505175

Illinois
No
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=504174

Indiana
Yes
Legal (except for deer and turkey)
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=507065

Iowa
Yes
Small game and furbearers that have hunting seasons.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504574

Kansas
Yes
Rabbit, hare, and squirrel.
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=502411

Kentucky
No
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=504130

Louisiana
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506716

Maine
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506245

Maryland
Yes
Legal for unregulated game only, subject to local ordinances.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506708

Massachusetts
Yes
Slingshots are not generally prohibited, but check regs on a species by species basis.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506626

Michigan
Yes
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504220
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504563

Minnesota
Yes
Legal for non-game species only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504303

Mississippi
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504997

Missouri
Yes
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504221

Montana
Yes
Legal for unmanaged (non-game) species only
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504325

Nebraska
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504412

Nevada
Yes
Legal for unprotected species only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504603

New Hampshire
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504600

New Jersey
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506633

New Mexico
Yes
Legal for unprotected species only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504599

New York
Yes
Unprotected species only (no wrist braces allowed).
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504464
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504630

North Carolina
Yes
Legal for non-game species only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504912

North Dakota
Yes
Legal for non-game species only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504910

Ohio
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506342

Oklahoma
Yes
Regs state Pheasant, prairie dog, squirrel and rabbit are OK. Spoke with game department and was told unprotected species are also OK. While regulations say no shooting of any kind at quail on the ground, and slingshots are not listed as approved for quail when flying, I was told that there would be no problem with trying to shoot flying quail with a slingshot.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504665

Oregon
Yes
Legal for predatory animals and nuisance species.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504998

Pennsylvania
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504895

Rhode Island
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506627

South Carolina
Yes
Legal for small game and unprotected species
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=507107

South Dakota
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506247

Tennessee
Yes
Non-game species only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506898

Texas
No
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=501839

Utah
Yes
Legal for unprotected wildlife only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506042

Vermont
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506635

Virginia
No
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=501757

Washington
Yes
Legal for unclassified wildlife only.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506449

West Virginia
Yes
Legal for small game and non-game.
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506712

Wisconsin
No
http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=506379

Wyoming
Yes
Small game (mammals), ruffed grouse, and blue grouse.
http://slingshotforu...state/?p=502122

FEDERAL LAW PERTAINING TO MIGRATORY BIRDS
Yes
Legal, unless prohibited by State law.
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=7feda7e2202ee67e2aff478d8a1ab34c&node=se50.9.20_121&rgn=div8
 

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North Carolina note:

Looks like the contact from the DNR was wrong http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504912. Page 40 of the regs http://www.ncwildlife.org/Portals/0/Regs/Documents/2014-15/NC-Regs-Digest.pdf clearly says sparrows, pigeons, starlings, mute swans, and Eurasian collared doves are not protected.

It is also apparently permissible for landowners to protect their property against damage. Based on this http://www.ncwildlife.org/Licensing/Regulations/NongameandOtherRegulations/WildlifeDepredation.aspx#2337776-wildlife-taken-withoutbra-depredation-permit it appears that a few other species (blackbirds, crows, and grackles) may be taken by the landowner "while it is in the act of destroying their property."

Thanks to August West for researching this.

I'll add that while I was trying to pull all of this together, NC DNR gave me one of the most vague responses, using words like "probably". As always, check with your local officials. http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=504912
 

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wow you went through a lot of work getting all that information,i don't hunt just target shoot,but it's still good to know thanks for going through all the stuff for the members to use that's real cool of you
 
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SOUTH DAKOTA UPDATE

I pushed the issue with my contact at the South Dakota DNR and got the following answer:

Me: Just to be clear, the statute you provided only mentioned game animals (except for predators/varmints in the case of air rifles). What about for nuisance species such as rats, starlings, European sparrows, chipmunks, etc.?

DNR: You are correct that you can use them for rats, mice, starlings, European sparrows, Eurasian collared dove and etc.

Based on this, I would say that South Dakota is legal for nuisance species only. If you need better clarification, please contact a DNR representative.

And with that, the total number of states that allows hunting with slingshots in some capacity is 33.
 

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Don't get me started on California laws. It's okay to hunt coyotes with a slingshot (what?) but take of tree squirrels and rabbit with one is illegal? But ground squirrels are okay. That's stupid.
Yep, very true as I live in California ... don't ever say govt officials have brains because most of them don't.

The fact that you can't hunt rabbits or tree squirrels and many other game, but a coyote is OK is beyond stupidity ... I think Bobcats are OK too, but I could be wrong on that.

Excuse me, but I'm heading out in the field, with my sling ----- I'm going to pass up all rabbits, tree squirrels and other pest, because I'm going after Coyotes .... OMG, OMG ... two more years and I'm out of dump of of a state !

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Massachusetts, It is NOT LEGAL to take any animal with a slingshot.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dfg/dfw/laws-regulations/cmr/

If you go through here you will see that not a single game animal has anything about using slingshots. Also there are no provisions for non-game animals. Even the pest animal provisions specify how the animals are to be dealt with.

https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter269/Section12

Making and buying slingshots in Massachusetts is 100% illegal UNLESS you are a member of a slingshot club that holds sporting events which use slingshots. If you can't make them, or buy them, obviously you cannot hunt with them legally.

You should fix this before someone gets in trouble.
 

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Don't get me started on California laws. It's okay to hunt coyotes with a slingshot (what?) but take of tree squirrels and rabbit with one is illegal? But ground squirrels are okay. That's stupid.
Yep, very true as I live in California ... don't ever say govt officials have brains because most of them don't.

The fact that you can't hunt rabbits or tree squirrels and many other game, but a coyote is OK is beyond stupidity ... I think Bobcats are OK too, but I could be wrong on that.

Excuse me, but I'm heading out in the field, with my sling ----- I'm going to pass up all rabbits, tree squirrels and other pest, because I'm going after Coyotes .... OMG, OMG ... two more years and I'm out of dump of of a state !

wll
ground squirrels are a big pest problem here. They ruin our golf courses and they pay my friend to hunt them with his dogs.
 

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Massachusetts, It is NOT LEGAL to take any animal with a slingshot.

Making and buying slingshots in Massachusetts is 100% illegal UNLESS you are a member of a slingshot club that holds sporting events which use slingshots. If you can't make them, or buy them, obviously you cannot hunt with them legally.
Pretty sad, considering the role Massachusetts played in the American revolution.
 

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Massachusetts, It is NOT LEGAL to take any animal with a slingshot.

Making and buying slingshots in Massachusetts is 100% illegal UNLESS you are a member of a slingshot club that holds sporting events which use slingshots. If you can't make them, or buy them, obviously you cannot hunt with them legally.
Pretty sad, considering the role Massachusetts played in the American revolution.
Wow those are some pretty crazy rules in mass
 
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