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    Default Type of firearm when hunting

    Hi, I'm new to hunting and had some questions regarding which type of firearm is allowed for different game species. The Spring bearded turkey season is coming up and was wondering which type of firearm can be used. Can I use an AR15 with 5.56 and a 30 round mag? or is it something like only pump shotguns with a 3 round at a time limit? what about deer?

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    Default Re: Type of firearm when hunting

    Use a shotgun for turkey (and aim for the head) it will work for deer too (but aim for the shoulder). If you are in a zone where you can shoot a rifle for deer I would suggest a scoped bolt action.

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    It sounds to me like you have not attended the Hunter and Trapper Education Course. If this is the case, do yourself a favor and take the class. Violating game laws in PA is a quick way to get some heavy fines and possibly have your firearm/vehicle/property confiscated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MT1 View Post
    It sounds to me like you have not attended the Hunter and Trapper Education Course. If this is the case, do yourself a favor and take the class. Violating game laws in PA is a quick way to get some heavy fines and possibly have your firearm/vehicle/property confiscated.
    This ^^^^^^^ plus you can find all the regs on PGC web site. They use to print a booklet to read but Pa. is becoming cheap, print your own now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will3212 View Post
    Hi, I'm new to hunting and had some questions regarding which type of firearm is allowed for different game species. The Spring bearded turkey season is coming up and was wondering which type of firearm can be used. Can I use an AR15 with 5.56 and a 30 round mag? or is it something like only pump shotguns with a 3 round at a time limit? what about deer?
    It's kind of like The Purge with deer, they can use anything but explosives. So I suggest LVL3a or better full body armor, That Dragon skin stuff is some of the best, kind of hard to find in blaze orange.
    Travel in packs. Watch for fake outs. The have set traps and like to use 50% of Cabela's coupons for bait.

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    Here is a link to the hunting digest. It should answer your questions.

    http://www.pgc.pa.gov/HuntTrap/Law/D...g%20Digest.pdf
    Some people just plain suck.
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    Default Re: Type of firearm when hunting

    Quote Originally Posted by MT1 View Post
    It sounds to me like you have not attended the Hunter and Trapper Education Course. If this is the case, do yourself a favor and take the class. Violating game laws in PA is a quick way to get some heavy fines and possibly have your firearm/vehicle/property confiscated.
    Quote Originally Posted by Qtrborecrazy View Post
    This ^^^^^^^ plus you can find all the regs on PGC web site. They use to print a booklet to read but Pa. is becoming cheap, print your own now.
    What they said. Technically you can't get a license without taking it. I haven't heard of that being enforced with an adult before though. Lots of good info there.

    To answer your specific question, spring gobbler is shotgun only. Manually operated or semi and plugged to three rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R L Suehr View Post
    What they said. Technically you can't get a license without taking it. I haven't heard of that being enforced with an adult before though. Lots of good info there.

    To answer your specific question, spring gobbler is shotgun only. Manually operated or semi and plugged to three rounds.
    Including one in the chamber. Some do not know that is the case.
    Some people just plain suck.
    If you're gonna be dumb ya gotta be tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpan72 View Post
    Including one in the chamber. Some do not know that is the case.
    Good point. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R L Suehr View Post
    Good point. Thanks.
    I did not know that until I actually read the section on lawful arms during the turkey season.
    Some people just plain suck.
    If you're gonna be dumb ya gotta be tough.

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