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Is hunting with a red dot scope legal?

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Tivan636, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. Tivan636

    Tivan636 Portland, Oregon, United States New Member

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    My friend told me that someone told him that hunting in Oregon with a red dot scope is illegal. I don't believe it, but I figure I'd ask. I don't see in on the big game regulation anywhere. Please let me know asap. I'm going with my AR15 tomorrow for deer. Otherwise, I have to take my Savage 270.:huh:
     
  2. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    For general season centerfire rifle it isn't.
     
  3. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    But can you DiesilScout cite the reg that prevents it or are you tossing out opinions?
     
  4. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    If you can use irons, why not a red dot?
     
  5. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    I am confused by this. I am saying for general season rifle it is legal. Under the prohibited methods section (page 27-28) use of infrared or nightvision is prohibited as is use of artificial light. The red dot could be seen as artificial light but the section goes on to say it "does not include battery operated sights which only light the reticle." So, red dot is legal. It wouldn't be legal for muzzle loaders where light gathering sights are illegal.
     
  6. PDXoriginal

    PDXoriginal PNW Well-Known Member

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    Red dot scopes/sights are legal.

    Night vision scopes and infrared illuminators are not. Artificial light refers to using a laser sight.
     
  7. Tivan636

    Tivan636 Portland, Oregon, United States New Member

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    That's what I thought, doesn't make sense if you can't use a red dot sight. I doesn't even give any advantages, except being able to acquire the target quicker.
     
  8. Capn Jack

    Capn Jack Wet-Stern Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Had me worried...:paranoid:

    Now to check Washington...:rollingeyes:

    Jack...:cool:
     
  9. Unka-Boo

    Unka-Boo Milwaukie Active Member

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    I would venture to say it means spot lights....but laser would also fall under it.
     
  10. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    Sorry DieselScou dude, I wasn't reading things correctly.. I just had some brain surgery Wednesday, I reckon I am still not tracking right.

    Jack - red dot in WA is legal. I just had this coversation down at the gun shop recently. DiesilScout covers it in his posting.
     
  11. BuckShot1118

    BuckShot1118 Scio Or New Member

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    I have heard that it would be leagal you just cant use any light source to lights up the animal so no lasers or spot lights but I think red dots would be fine becuase it does not cast light on to the animal.
     
  12. Greenbug

    Greenbug Bend Well-Known Member

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    Quote from 2012 Oregon regulations: "Prohibited methods (page 28) It is unlawful to use an artificial light for hunting any wildlife except, raccoon, bobcat, and oppossum provided the light is not cast from or attached to a motor vehicle. This includes laser sights or any other sights wich project a beam to the target. This does not include battery operated sights wich only light the reticle."

    You are good to use your red dot sight in Oregon.