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Vigilante
12-15-2006, 12:08 PM
Can I hunt small game or birds with a slingshot/wrist rocket? I've never heard of it being illegal, but I didn't see anything in furbearers booklet about hunting this way. Anybody know?

Hunter
12-15-2006, 12:22 PM
Not legally for resident small game.

But you can hunt a coyote with it legally, :eek: as well as English sparrow, starling, weasels, skunks, opossum, moles and rodents. All of which are considered nongame animals.


311. Methods Authorized for Taking Resident Small Game.

Only the following may be used to take resident small game:
(a) Shotguns 10 gauge or smaller using shot shells only and incapable of holding more than three shells in the magazine and chamber combined. If a plug is used to reduce the capacity of a magazine to fulfill the requirements of this section, the plug must be of one piece construction incapable of removal without disassembling the gun;

(b) Shotgun shells may not be used or possessed that contain shot size larger than No. BB, except that shot size larger than No. 2 may not be used or possessed when taking wild turkey. All shot shall be loose in the shell.

(c) Muzzle-loading shotguns;

(d) Falconry;

(e) Bow and arrow (see Section 354 for archery equipment regulations);

(f) Air rifles firing pellets and powered by compressed air or gas (0.20 caliber minimum for taking wild turkey); and firearm rifles and pistols for taking rabbits and squirrels, except in Los Angeles County, in addition to the methods listed in (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) above;

(g) In San Diego and Orange counties only, rabbits may be taken at any time during the open season by means of box traps. Such traps shall not exceed 24 inches in any dimension, shall be tended at least once every 24 hours, and shall show the name and address of the trap owner. All rabbits taken under this section shall be immediately killed and become a part of the daily bag limit;

(h) Electronic or mechanically-operated calling or sound-reproducing devices are prohibited when attempting to take resident game birds;

(i) Coursing dogs may be used to take rabbits;

(j) Archers hunting during any archery season may not possess a firearm while in the field engaged in archery hunting during an archery season;

(k) The use of live decoys is prohibited when attempting to take resident game birds;

(l) Pistols and revolvers may be used to take blue and ruffed grouse in those counties only and for the season described in Section 300(a)(1)(E).

(m) Crossbows, except for provisions of Section 354(d) and (g).

(n) Dogs may be used to take and retrieve resident small game.

Vigilante
12-15-2006, 5:31 PM
Not legally for resident small game.
That sucks. I was hoping I could get some rabbits that way.

VeryCoolCat
01-23-2007, 8:10 PM
This reminds me of the adam sandler movie "big daddy" when he gives the kid the slingshot and lets him go play on the roof and when he goes to the roof its littered with like 50 dead birds.

anotherone
01-23-2007, 8:39 PM
That sucks. I was hoping I could get some rabbits that way.

Rabbits are actually tougher than one would think. I've seen jack rabbits survive .177 air rifles and .22 LR rifles on occaision. I use Shot 6 from my shotgun and have in the past used .30 carbine as well. The M-1 Carbine is really an excellent choice for hunting rabbits.

icormba
01-23-2007, 8:40 PM
sweeeeeeet!!!
(d) Falconry

ivanimal
01-23-2007, 9:23 PM
Rabbits are actually tougher than one would think. I've seen jack rabbits survive .177 air rifles and .22 LR rifles on occaision. I use Shot 6 from my shotgun and have in the past used .30 carbine as well. The M-1 Carbine is really an excellent choice for hunting rabbits.

Have you ever heard one cryout? I shot one in bakersfield that sounded like the devil himself.:eek:

Vigilante
01-23-2007, 10:37 PM
Have you ever heard one cryout? I shot one in bakersfield that sounded like the devil himself.:eek:
I have, it sounds terrible.

NSR500
01-24-2007, 12:59 AM
Rabbits are tough against .17, .22, but not against a 1/4" Ball Bearings. ;) The real challenge with them is getting into effective range for the Slingshot.

anotherone
01-24-2007, 6:29 AM
Have you ever heard one cryout? I shot one in bakersfield that sounded like the devil himself.:eek:

This is percisely the reason why I typically just nail them with shot 6 or a .30 carbine. They cry so loud and long that any rabbits or other critters can hear them for miles and they all bug out. I also use electronic recordings of rabbit distress calls to call predators.

moulton
01-24-2007, 6:56 AM
rabbits can withstand a 12 guage to the head and 2 .22LR's to the abdomen and still be alive:eek: :o

ivanimal
01-24-2007, 8:17 AM
Rabbits are actually tougher than one would think. I've seen jack rabbits survive .177 air rifles and .22 LR rifles on occaision. I use Shot 6 from my shotgun and have in the past used .30 carbine as well. The M-1 Carbine is really an excellent choice for hunting rabbits.

Have you ever heard one cryout? I shot one in bakersfield that sounded like the devil himself.:eek:

anotherone
01-24-2007, 4:28 PM
Have you ever heard one cryout? I shot one in bakersfield that sounded like the devil himself.:eek:

They have a very distinctive distress call. I use an electronic recording of a rabbit distress call to hunt predators. I've also used a motorized decoy that appears to be a wounded woodpecker to hunt grey foxes (there are tons of woodpeckers in the area).