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Florida Wildlife Commission Approves Large Caliber Air Powered Weapons for The Fall 2018 Hunting Season

Crosman has announced that the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission voted unanimously to approve the use of large caliber air powered weapons for the Fall 2018 Hunting Season.

This means that big bore PCP air guns such as the .357 Caliber Benjamin Bulldog and the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow will be approved for harvesting deer and turkey starting in the Fall of 2018. The rule change will allow for lawful use of .30 caliber and above for deer and .20 caliber or larger for turkey.

Florida joins a growing list of states allowing for the use of big bore airguns and/or the Airbow during their hunting seasons. Arizona, Virginia, Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Washington State allow big game animals to be legally taken with the Airbow, Crosman tells Hard Air Magazine.

In addition, feral hogs can be taken in Georgia, Florida and Texas while coyotes and other predators may be hunted with the Airbow in over 30 states. Georgia and South Carolina allow the Airbow to be used for alligator hunting.

Jay Duncan, Director of Marketing for Crosman, says, “We are very pleased to learn the state of Florida has approved the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow and big bore airguns for use in the general firearms season for big game like deer and turkey. Air powered weapons will provide expanded opportunities for hunters across the state to ethically harvest game.”

The Pioneer Airbow is an all-new category of big game weapon featuring full length arrows and full weight broadheads, all driven by air. Based on Benjamin’s proven American-made PCP platform, the Pioneer can be cocked with two fingers (and decocked just as easily), and fires 8 shots in the same amount of time it takes to fire three from a crossbow, says Crosman.

“Crosman Corporation is actively working with states across the U.S. to educate them on the efficacy and safety advantages of big bore airgun hunting and of the Airbow, and we look forward to more states expanding access to these effective hunting weapons,” says Duncan.

“The Florida Wildlife Commission’s approval of large caliber air powered weapons for the Fall 2018 hunting season is another example of this progress.”