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Firearm season for hunters raising concerns

Firearm season is raising concerns due to rifles being allowed.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 11:29 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2017 11:31 PM

VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - Many people get excited about this time of year - hunting season.

Last year, a law was passed to make hunting with a rifle legal. But the change has raised some safety concerns.

Scott Webster, a local hunter says he sees both sides of the argument.

"Honestly for me I like it, but I can see where there's a lot of trouble because people take a lot more marginal shots than what they typically would. And I think in the heat of the moment, people probably don't pay attention like they should to what the background is behind the animal that they're shooting at."

Webster says you need to be aware of your surroundings when hunting, but even more when hunting with a rifle.

"Sometimes in the heat of the moment, people don't pay attention to their surroundings and what's behind the animal that they're shooting at. And the problem with that is, this bullet will travel flatter a lot longer than, say, a typical shotgun slug, or even a muzzle loader, and that's where the problem lies."

Webster believes there is a fairly simple solution though.

"I think they probably should limit the size on actually what you should be able to use, because it starts at a 243 caliber and goes up from there."

But Webster says simple firearm safety is the biggest precaution you can take.

"Just be aware of your surroundings and what's behind that animal. Typically in a situation you're gonna be shooting at an animal, you would want to be shooting into a bank or something of that nature that's gonna stop that round."

Some things to remember when hunting with a rifle:
The cartridge must have a minimum case length of 1.16 inches, and a maximum case length of 3 inches.
The cartridge must fire a bullet with a minimum diameter of .243 inches.
A hunter must not possess more than 10 of these cartridges while hunting deer.
Full metal jacketed bullets are illegal.

By doing all these things, the hunting season will be safer for everyone.

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