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NORTH CAROLINA

LEGAL FOR NON-GAME SPECIES

Per e-mail conversation with DNR:

DNR: "There are no relevant regulations because a slingshot is not a legal weapon to take game in the state of North Carolina."

ME: "Thank you. Does this mean that non-game "nuisance" species, such as rats, starlings, European house sparrows, etc. also may not be taken with a slingshot?"

DNR: "Rats are not game animals so it probably is not against the law to use a slingshot to kill them. In North Carolina it is against the law to kill songbirds of any kind including starlings and sparrows."

The use of the word "probably" by the DNR representative scares me.

Whoever emailed you does not know what he is talking about. English Sparrows and Starlings are not considered song birds and may be shot on sight.
Thanks, @August West. If you are able to find and post a link to what NC defines as songbirds/not songbirds, I'll include a link to that in my summary.
 

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I'm very close to having an answer on Delaware. If anyone has time to try calling Connecticut, Indiana, or South Carolina during East Coast work hours they are proving to be the last holdouts. Ii have e-mails out to all three of these, but they are taking their sweet time to reply and I can't make phonecalls like this during work hours.

*** Be sure to ask about both game species and non-game species. ***
 

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DELAWARE

LEGAL FOR UNPROTECTED SPECIES ONLY

Per e-mail from DNR:

"Slingshots are not a legal method of take for any game species in Delaware, except for unprotected species, which are woodchucks, house sparrows , starlings, pigeons and Norway rats. In terms of harvesting these species on public property a permit would be required."
 

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INDIANA

LEGAL (EXCEPT FOR DEER AND TURKEY)

Per e-mail from DNR:

"Slingshots are not legal to take white-tailed deer and wild turkeys. Slingshots can be used to take fox and gray squirrels, cottontail rabbits, pheasants, quail, foxes, coyotes, skunks, raccoons, opossums, beavers, muskrats, mink, and long-tailed weasels. Slingshots are also allowed for species that are not protected such as groundhogs, chipmunks, rats, mice, European starlings, English sparrows, rock pigeons, and monk parakeets. Turtles and frogs cannot be taken by the use of a slingshot per 312 IAC 9-5-6.

Specifications for equipment are authorized for deer in 312 IAC 9-3-3 and wild turkeys in 312 IAC 9-4-11; prohibited methods of taking mammals are in 312 IAC 9-3-18. 312 IAC 9 can be found on-line at: http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/iac_title?iact=312 . You will need to click on Article 9 for Fish and Wildlife."
 

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Still need South Carolina and Connecticut.

I have e-mails out to both of these, but if anyone here can contact them during work hours today and get the answer it would be helpful. Be sure to ask about both game AND non-game species.

BTW, we are currently at 30 of 48 states that allow some form of hunting with a slingshot. My guess is that this has the potential to increase to 31 once these last two states are in.
 

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SOUTH CAROLINA

LEGAL FOR SMALL GAME AND UNPROTECTED SPECIES

Per e-mail from DNR:

"- Does your state allow slingshots to be used to hunt anything (small game, nuisance/varmint species, etc.)?

Yes, because state law does not specifically prohibit the use of slingshots for small game they can be used.

They cannot be use for big game because big laws specifically mentions weapons that are allowed (archery, guns, etc.) and it does not include slingshots.

They cannot be used to hunt migratory birds because the Federal Code does not mention slingshots as being allowed.
*** Note: I received a slightly different answer when I e-mailed the Feds specifically about doves http://slingshotforum.com/topic/40597-slingshot-hunting-state-by-state/?p=507109 ***

- If so, what is permitted (type of game, private/public land, etc.)?

See above. This applies to private and public land.

- Is there someplace online where I can see the relevant regulations?

No, again, for small game including "varmint" species slingshot are not specifically prohibited, therefore, they can be used.

Even if game animals are not permitted to be taken with a slingshot, please specify whether slingshots may be used to take non-game species such as rats, pigeons, starlings, European house sparrows, etc.

There are no weapons restrictions on unprotected species like pigeons, starlings, European sparrows, etc., therefore, slingshots can be used."
 

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FEDERAL LAW PERTAINING TO MIGRATORY BIRDS

I e-mailed the Division of Migratory Bird Management and specifically asked about doves. Here is the reply I got.

"Federal hunting regulations are contained in 50 CFR 20.21. You can find them at the attached link.

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=7feda7e2202ee67e2aff478d8a1ab34c&node=se50.9.20_121&rgn=div8

Technically, I don't think a slingshot would be Federally prohibited, however, you'll need to check your individual State's hunting restrictions and requirements. States can always be more restrictive than Federal regulations."

If you follow the link above, that section of the Code defines what methods are illegal for migratory birds. Slingshots are NOT listed as illegal, so therefore are considered legal as long as they are not prohibited by the State.
 

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CONNECTICUT

LEGAL FOR NON-GAME SPECIES ONLY

Per e-mail from DNR:

"In CT, a slingshot is not included in the list of "legal hunting implements", therefore would not be allowed to hunt any regulated game animal. As far as non game species such as rats, DEEP does not regulate their take."
 

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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.
Link(s) for Details
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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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a post before its locked ;)
 

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Great thing you done here, a great way to enter the forum ! :)
 
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