So the township I live on the boarder of has a rule no one shall fire any single projectile weapon so the 17hmr and 22 are out of question. I was wondering how bad will a shotgun mess up the pelt if using buckshot or steel shot when trapping?
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When trapping?? As in to dispatch a trapped animal? I'd recommend finding a tree and cutting a branch. If you can't do that, I'm sure the local hardware stores sell axe handles. If you can't do that, I'm sure your local sporting goods store sells some cheap baseball equipment. Catch my drift? You might still want to carry the shotgun for a skunk though...and then hope that the pellets don't damage the trap. A buyer will pay less for an animal with holes
I would just use a 22. As long as you're lawfully hunting/trapping the township law doesn't apply.
The state sets game law not townships. Just make sure you don't discharge your firearm in a safety zone. Although some local cops might still hassle you even if you are in the right.