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Hello, everyone. I started shooting slingshots late last summer, and my hope was to be able to hunt with them. Unfortunately, I've since learned that Virginia (my state) does not allow that. I'm planning to work to change that, but in order to make my case I'm hoping to identify which states DO allow slingshots to be used for some type of hunting, whether nuisance species, small game, or whatever.

I've searched the web, and I've found partial information on this, including a thread or two on this forum. It seems like these threads always get derailed, so I was hoping to renew the effort and try to do it in an organized way. If the moderators would see fit to sticky this thread, that would prove to be very useful I'm sure. I would also ask the moderators to please see fit to leave this thread in the General forum so that it can get as much traffic as possible until the results are in.

I'm hoping with the diverse membership here that we could compile a complete list. All it will take is for one person from each state to be willing to contact his state's DNR or locate the information on the web. Just one person from each state and we can get this done in short order.

To keep it organized and succinct for those who are searching for this information in the future, please adhere to the following rules:

1. Look through the thread and see if an answer has already been given for your state. No need to duplicate the information.

2. List your state.

3. If not legal for any type of animal, simply state NOT LEGAL at the top of your post.

4. If legal in any way, please state what IS and what IS NOT legal. Also, if you can provide a link, please do so. If you know FOR A FACT because you spoke with your DNR but do not have a link, go ahead and post the info and state VERIFIED BY DNR.

5. PLEASE DO NOT POST COMMENTS THAT DON'T DIRECTLY ANSWER THE ABOVE QUESTIONS. Let's keep this list short and as clear as possible.

Thanks in advance for everyone's help.

*** I would like this list to be for USA only, please. ***
 

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The last time I checked with fish and game, in Alaska I could take any game with a slingshot. This was a couple years ago, how can I double check to see if things changed with the slingshot hunting law in Alaska barring going to fish and game again for the answer?
Would you mind calling them? http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=contacts.main

A verbal response from them would be nice, but maybe they could point you to somewhere online that we could link to for reference?
 

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ALASKA

LEGAL FOR SMALL GAME.

Here's the reply to my e-mail to their DNR:

"Here is the link to our regulations http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/regulations/wildliferegulations/pdfs/general.pdf. In Alaska, slingshots are legal for small game hunting, not for big game. The way our regulations work for something like this is, if it's not listed as restricted or illegal, then you can use the weapon for hunting. So, you won't find any information mentioning slingshots, but they are legal. When you look at our regulations, most of the information for this will be on page 18 and 19. Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me if you have any more questions."
 

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CALIFORNIA

LEGAL FOR NONGAME MAMMALS AND ENGLISH HOUSE SPARROWS.

http://californiaoutdoorsqas.com/2012/02/02/slingshot-hunting/

Common nongame mammals ("varmint" is not a term used in Fish and Game law) that may be taken include coyotes, bobcats, opossums, ground squirrels and orange-belly marmots. Take of bobcat requires possession of a bobcat tag (CCR Title 14, section 478.1).
 

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ALABAMA

LEGAL FOR SMALL GAME AND NUISANCE SPECIES. The only birds allowed are starlings, blackbirds, and sparrows.

For details see paragraph 220-2-.02 of Alabama Regulations 2014-2015: http://www.outdooralabama.com/sites/default/files/2014-15%20Complete%20Reg%20Book%20LE%201st%20proof%20%2011-13-14.pdf

My e-mail correspondence with the DNR is below:

DNR: Slingshots are allowed to hunt some small game such as rabbits and quail. You can go to outdooralabama.com, click on hunting, scroll down to regulations game, fish and furbearers, click on that, then scroll to pages 29-31. Paragraph 7 on page 31 addresses slingshots.

ME: Am I correct in interpreting "Other game birds and animals" as meaning anything not identified in paragraphs 1-6, including nuisance species such as rats, starlings, sparrows, etc.?

DNR: Yes anything not in 1-6. Under Alabama regulations all birds are protected except starlings, blackbirds and sparrows.
 

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HAWAII

NOT LEGAL*

http://dlnr.hawaii.gov/huntered/files/2013/05/MammalHuntingRegs_Chap123.pdf

"(10) No person shall possess or use tracer bullets, bullets with full metal jackets, blow guns,

guns powered by compressed gas, handguns, animal traps, slingshots, crossbows, poison,

explosives, or snares. Legal game mammal hunting weapons include rifles, shotguns,

handguns, bows and arrows, and spears and knives. Only weapons that are authorized for

the particular hunt are to be in the hunter's possession, while on the public hunting area."

*I'm not clear on whether that applies only to public land or to private land as well.
 

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Thanks to those who have contributed so far :)

I could really use some help with this. Even if your state has already been done, please consider researching another state (online, phone call to DNR, etc.) and posting your findings here.
 

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MINNESOTA

LEGAL FOR UNPROTECTED WILDLIFE ONLY (NON-GAME SPECIES)

Per an e-mail from the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources Enforcement Policy/Legal Analyst:

"Minnesota's game and fish laws generally specify the equipment that can be used to take protected wild animals. Slilngshots are not allowed for protected wild animals. They could, however, be used to take unprotected wild animals such as coyote, striped skunk, porkupine, etc."
 

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MONTANA

LEGAL FOR UNMANAGED (NON-GAME) SPECIES ONLY

Per an e-mail from the assistant chief of the Montana Law Enforcement Division:

"As far as any animals that FWP manages, that is, requires a license or permit for the legal taking, the allowed methods of take are listed in each of the respective regulations. Slingshots are not among them. As far as non-game species which FWP does not formally manage, there are no restrictions on the method of take set by the state."
 

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More details on Michigan, per an e-mail received from the Law Enforcement Divsion:

"Thank you for contacting the DNR. There are certain species which can be taken with a slingshot…primarily most of the small game species. Other species have regulations that specify what types of hunting apparatus can be used to take that species. Examples would be waterfowl and deer.

"As for your comment about the slingshots that are capable of shooting arrows, our legal team is looking into the legality of them. Questions have been raised as to whether a slingshot that shoots arrows, also known as a slingbow, falls under the definition a bow, crossbow, or still a slingshot. Hopefully we will hear something soon."
 
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