Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Approves Big Bore Airgun Hunting for 2018
The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has announced that – starting with the 2018 season – big bore airgun hunting with PCP air guns .35 caliber or larger will be legal means of take for Deer, Elk, and Bear during the Tennessee Modern Gun Season.
Crosman Corporation explains that this big bore airgun hunting approval will include airguns such as the .357 Caliber Benjamin Bulldog. In addition, the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow will be legal means to harvest Deer, Elk, Bear and Turkey during the Modern Gun Season for all hunters and during the archery season for disabled hunters.
“The action of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission to allow big bore airgun hunting for the take of big game is an incredible testament the maturation that is happening across the county,” said Jay Duncan Director of Marketing for Crosman Corporation.
“Not only is airgun technology maturing to the point that it provides hunters a new, exciting and ethical means of take, but regulatory officials are open to broadening opportunities to put new hunters in the field – as you can see in this video…”
Tennessee joins a growing list of states allowing the use of big bore airgun hunting and/or the Airbow during their hunting seasons.
Florida, Texas, Arizona, Virginia, Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Washington State allow big game animals to be legally taken with the Airbow. 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.
Crosman continues to work with the Airgun Sporting Association to lead efforts to educate legislators and regulators about the efficacy of big bore airgun hunting and the Airbow for the ethical take of big game.
“The Airgun Sporting Association is committed to working with our state wildlife agency partners across the country to expand the use of airguns for hunting,” said J. Mitch King President and CEO of Airgun Sporting Association.
“This action by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission to legalize the use of big bore airgun hunting (35 caliber and larger) in Tennessee will provide Tennessee hunters with a new and exciting opportunity for hunting in their state. The Association and the airgun industry applauds the Commission for their action and we look forward to supporting our state wildlife agency partners in their efforts toward wildlife management and the growth of hunting and recreational shooting.”