23:4-44. Weapons authorized for hunting deer; kinds; caliber; size of shot
Unless otherwise prescribed by the State Fish and Game Code, no person engaged in hunting for wild deer shall use or carry a rifle of any kind or description, or any firearm or shotgun of a smaller caliber than 12 gauge, or load such firearm or shotgun with a bullet or other missile larger than that commonly known as buckshot, or have in possession while engaged in hunting for deer during the open season for killing deer any missile except buckshot or, while engaged in hunting, have any missile larger than number 4 fine shot in possession at any time other than during the open season for killing deer; provided, however, that nothing in this section shall prevent the hunting of deer with a bow and arrow as stated in this section and as otherwise provided by law and the State Fish and Game Code; provided, that it shall be unlawful, unless otherwise prescribed by the State Fish and Game Code, for any person to have in his possession or under his control any gun or firearm at any time while hunting deer with bow and arrow, and no person shall use or have in his possession or under his control while hunting any poison arrow, arrow with explosive tips, or any bow drawn, held or released by mechanical means.
Amended by L.1947, c. 239, p. 911, s. 3; L.1948, c. 448, p. 1816, s. 59; L.1957, c. 193, p. 695, s. 3.
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