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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-01-2019, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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Do you think Pennsylvania would ever entertain a handgun season?

I currently hunt all deer seasons and hunt some with an in-line handgun to get more handgun hunting in. I havenít purchased a flintlock handgun. That is one possible option as well. My preference would be to use my 44 mag.
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I highly doubt it...where would they put it?

Maybe they can run it concurrently with the early Ml/jr/sr seasons...but it would likely also be doe only...just my $0.02 cents.
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Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I've been hunting bear and the two week deer season with my revolver and pistol for 25 years. And very successful at it also.
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Maybe I'm doing something wrong, but I've been hunting bear and the two week deer season with my revolver and pistol for 25 years. And very successful at it also.

And its legal. We dont need a hand gun season, you can use one anywhere there is a season allowing rifle hunting already.

Rimfire handguns are legal for smallgame state wide, and .50>cal muzzleloader caplock/flintlock are legal for deer hunting.

Remember.... they're full time deer......we're part time hunters!
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Do you think Pennsylvania would ever entertain a handgun season?

I currently hunt all deer seasons and hunt some with an in-line handgun to get more handgun hunting in. I havenít purchased a flintlock handgun. That is one possible option as well. My preference would be to use my 44 mag.
Not rocket science. But a 44 mag and use it in the regular deer season where all legal firearms are legal to use with the exception of the SRAs. Why would we need a handgun season?
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Well, I'm with gf44mag, at least in spirit. I've been fond of telling people that, IMHO, hunting with an iron sighted revolver is every bit as challenging as hunting with a bow, and a heck of allot more challenging than hunting with a XBow. Especially, if like me, you do it DAO. So, I'd love us to get the respect of our own season.

I also think we get hosed on special regs too. An inline shooting a sabbot'ed 240 grain bullet at between 2200-2400 fps is way more powerful than my 4 inch 44 mag shooting the same bullet 1300 fps - but low and behold, my revolver is not allowed. That is just plain STUPID.

BUT logistically, IDK where they would fit it as well. Now, if we really want to stir it up, dare I propose that they should allow revolver (yes, I'm a revolver snob...so none of those honking single shots or bolt action "handguns" allowed!) season to run along side Archery!! I say YES!!!!!
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Well, I'm with gf44mag, at least in spirit. I've been fond of telling people that, IMHO, hunting with an iron sighted revolver is every bit as challenging as hunting with a bow, and a heck of allot more challenging than hunting with a XBow. Especially, if like me, you do it DAO. So, I'd love us to get the respect of our own season.

I also think we get hosed on special regs too. An inline shooting a sabbot'ed 240 grain bullet at between 2200-2400 fps is way more powerful than my 4 inch 44 mag shooting the same bullet 1300 fps - but low and behold, my revolver is not allowed. That is just plain STUPID.

BUT logistically, IDK where they would fit it as well. Now, if we really want to stir it up, dare I propose that they should allow revolver (yes, I'm a revolver snob...so none of those honking single shots or bolt action "handguns" allowed!) season to run along side Archery!! I say YES!!!!!
1st two weeks of November with my handgun. I'll vote for that.
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I do use my 44 in the firearms season. I also use my inline handgun in early muzzleloader season.

I was just looking for feedback on an expanded opportunity.

If I buy another handgun (flintlock) I can pick up some more time. My wife isn’t real crazy about me buying more guns��
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I have killed several deer over the years with handguns. I just hunted the regular firearms seasons. Not much hope for a special season IMO.
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Delaware has a special handgun week, about 3 weeks ago..
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