Yesterday’s post about the .458 SOCOM being legal for deer sparked a flood of emails and comments about “whatinhell is wrong over there” for deer hunting. As Tam pointed out so eloquently in comments, it’s actually pretty straight forward; but here goes. In the early 20th Century in Indiana, farmers and over hunting had pushed the whitetail deer population in Indiana damn near to extinction. So, the government passed a series of regulations which would in effect make taking a deer much more difficult. At the time, the regulations were such that you could only take a deer with archery, or a shotgun loaded with slugs. Over time those regulations expanded to include muzzleloaders, pistols in certain calibers, and carbines in certain pistol calibers.
A sample of “legal” guns:
- A muzzleloader, caliber .54
- A .410 shotgun loaded with slugs
- A TC Contender pistol in .270 Winchester
- A Marlin Guide Gun in .45 Colt
Examples of illegal guns for deer in Indiana:
- A rifle chambered in .270 Winchester
- Anything chambered in .30 Carbine
- A pistol chambered in .45 ACP
- A Marlin Guide Gun in .45/70
See? Clear as mud.