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Rim fires on Grouse? (QUESTION ANSWERED)

Discussion in 'Northwest Hunting' started by Izzy, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    When using a shotgun, you have a three round MAX capacity.

    It is legal to use a rim fire on grouse.
    What is the MAX capacity for your rifle when hunting grouse?

    My Brother & I were talking about this the other day.
    I looked in the rule book & found nothing.

    I have a feeling I won't be using my 10/22 with the 25 round mag this year.
    :gun11:
     
  2. journeyman03

    journeyman03 hillsboro, oregon New Member

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    not legal unless you use bird shot.
     
  3. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Can you tell me where you found this info?

    Thanks!:D
     
  4. journeyman03

    journeyman03 hillsboro, oregon New Member

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    page 10 reg book. i stand corrected, you can use rimfire on grouse only.
     
  5. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    :gun14:
     
  6. tionico

    tionico Thurston County Well-Known Member

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    when I took hunter training in BC some years ago, our instructor was quite the character. Spoke with an impeccable British accent, was originally from South Africa, had hunted ever game species on every continent..... and was a wildlife biologist. A walking wildlife encyclopedia. When it came to the chicken-type birds, he was very funny. HE said the best weapon to use on grouse is an old bolt action .22 WRF.... but you needn't bother bringing ammunition. Simply walk up to the stupid animals from behind, as they perch on the low branches, and take a swing at them with the but of the rifle... knock them in the head. He claimed to have done this, cleaning a half dozen speckled grouse off the same branch, one after the next..... none of them wised up to the reality of what he was doing. Said they sure were tasty critters, though..... or, alternatively, out in the woods with NO weapon... find a broken off hardwood branch and knock your supper into the pot.
     
  7. tomcat

    tomcat oregon coast, coos bay Active Member

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    yes you can... i talked to a fish and game and yes you can use a rimfire...
     
  8. andy*

    andy* Everson Wa Member

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    It is legal here in Washington. I get my grouse each year with either my .22lr or my .36 longrifle. A .22lr hollowpoint out to 50yrds or so using a head shot does the trick. Andy
     
  9. Dan-Dee Sales Inc

    Dan-Dee Sales Inc Sweet Home, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    forest grouse only. Not legal on quail or Ruffed Grouse. At least that was the law last year. The "judge" handgun was not legal either.
     
  10. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    :eek:fftopic:

    Did anyone read my original post?

    What is the MAX capacity for your rim fire rifle when hunting grouse?:huh:
     
  11. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Definition of forest grouse : Blue and Ruffed Grouse. (page 10 of ODFW Game Bird Regulations)
     
  12. Dan-Dee Sales Inc

    Dan-Dee Sales Inc Sweet Home, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    Oops, my glasses fogged up. It does not give any restrictions on capacity for rimfire.
     
  13. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    This is what I E-Mailed to the ODFW. When I get a response I will post it here.


    On page 12 of the ODFW game bird regulations, it says "Rimfire firearm are allowed for the hunting of forest grouse only"

    My question is, what is the max round capacity allowed for a rimfire firearm?

    It states clearly "No one may hunt game birds with a shotgun which can hold more than three shells"
    It does not state how many rounds for rimfires.

    THANK YOU
    Izzy
     
  14. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    No limit on rimfire capacity. Just be reasonable. If you need 25 rounds to down 1-3 grouse without them escaping, you need to spend more time improving your accuracy. It doesn't take very long to reload a rimfire and fair chase is what we're going for.

    We use a pistol so the mag "capacity" is 10. But do I hunt with a full mag? It's "VERY" sporting as you get the "#$%$" scared out of you walking down a trail, then you have to draw and compose yourself while you then stalk your grouse while your eyes are pulsing with your heartbeat.
     
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  15. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Where did you find this info?

    Thank you:D
     
  16. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    Same place where it states the capacity for hunting varmints.
     
  17. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Please state your source & page # if possible or post link.

    I don't want or need a ticket.

    Thanks!:D
     
  18. Grizzly_A

    Grizzly_A Portland Metro Area Member

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    It is not defined in the regulations, therefore it does not exist. (yet)
    If you want to be SURE you're NOT going to get a ticket, then use the lowest common denominator of 3 rounds in your firearm. You'll never get a ticket for using less ammo than any rule states.

    If you keep asking ODFW to define it for you they will. I would rather discuss the topic with an officer in the field as opposed to seeing it in the regulations. We have enough regulations for hunting already.

    Be thoughtful and reasonable in your hunting and selection and you'll be fine. If you need more than 10 rounds to harvest a grouse, then you need to practice more before you go hunting.
     
  19. Dan-Dee Sales Inc

    Dan-Dee Sales Inc Sweet Home, Oregon, United States Active Member

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    OSP would be a much better source than ODFW in my opinion. They are the ones that will issue the tickets. When one comes in, I will ask him. It does not say in the regulations. You should be able to carry what you like.
     
  20. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Honestly, I Either use my single shot 20ga. or my .17HMR with a 5 round mag. (the 10/22 with a 25 round mag was a joke.

    I was just talking with my brother & we thought it would be a good idea to find out.