Texas Hunters May Use Air Guns, Arrow Guns
September 12, 2018
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Texas Hunters May Use Air Guns, Arrow Guns

Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approves their use

Beginning this fall, hunters in Texas may use air guns and arrow guns for hunting.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission recently established new rules that outline their use. The new rules take effect Sept. 29, 2018.

The regulations create a new category of legal means for hunting in Texas, defined as pre-charged pneumatic devices.

Unlike pellet guns and traditional air rifles that can be charged manually or with an attached CO2 cartridge, pre-charged pneumatic air guns and arrow guns are those weapons for which an unignited compressed gas propellant is supplied or introduced from a detached source.

The TPW Commission decision follows months of scrutiny to avoid creating undue risks of wounding of wildlife from pneumatic weaponry. These devices must meet minimum standards of ballistic efficacy.

Minimum ballistic specifications of pre-charged pneumatics approved for hunting alligators, big game, and turkeys are:

• .30 caliber bullets weighing at least 150 grains powered by an unignited compressed gas propellant charge capable of attaining a muzzle velocity of at least 800 feet per second (fps)

• OR any bullet weight and muzzle velocity combination that produces at least 215 foot pounds of energy.

For furbearers, pre-charged pneumatics must be at least .30 caliber.

For squirrels, chachalaca, quail and pheasant, an air rifle does not need to be a pre-charged pneumatic. But it must propel a minimum .177 caliber projectile at least 600 fps.

At least 10 other states permit the use of pneumatic devices for hunting big game. All but three states allow their use for hunting certain other wildlife species.

Additional information is available online. —courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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