Re: Hunting with Air Rifles in PA
Well you have a point Corey. I used to hunt squirrels with a 22LR only and then a 22mag. This year I have various 22LRs, a 22mag (might have a 2nd by season start) a 17HM2 and 2 HMRs one being a revolver. A friend of mine told me once you head down the slippery slope of hand gun hunting you will be hooked. He is right and I have to admit I am planning on taking my Taurus 94 and Taurus 17HMR.
I think air gun hunting will have the same effect as hand gun hunting. The people I have read about that use air gun are very critical of their shots. They would rather miss or not take the shot than to not hit the kill zone. I would say that air rifle hunting is on par with archery hunting. You have more limitations that with firearms, you are often closer to your prey, you practice all the time to maintain you marksmanship etc. Hunting with an air gun is not for every hunter just as archery is not for every hunter. Those who have archery hunted (I did as a teen) and have taken game are hooked for life. I have never shot at a deer with anything let alone taken one. I gave up on deer hunting years ago, before my 20's. I went out one time, one day in my 20's.
You yourself have experience in taking game with an air rifle and I do too. We have both had the one shot that didn't kill. You were able to finish the wounded squirrel off. I was not. That red squirrel lived on for a couple years but never came close enough to the house again. We both have learned from that experience.
I am hooked on handgun hunting having taken a few things with a couple different handguns but to do that I had to practice and practice more and more.
Thank you VERY much for the input and vote. Don't forget the Squirrel Grand Slam :-)