How join th fight for center fired at night?

Discussion in 'Varmint Hunting' started by nkyhornhunter, Feb 19, 2017.

  1. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 8 pointer

    Aug 14, 2009
    Lawrence Co.
    The only answer I could come up with ,would be because Ky. Fish and Wildlife dept. says you can't.Might try calling Frankfort see what thier reasons are.
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  2. bgkyarcher

    bgkyarcher 12 pointer

    Aug 23, 2011
    You lost me. What does squirrel hunting have to do with coyote hunting? As I told you, my guess on the squirrel hunting is the travel distance potential. I truly don't know. Just my .02.
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  3. davers

    davers 10 pointer

    Jul 14, 2014
    Thanks anyway "bgkyarcher". Best thing, for me to do, is to contact the Kentucky Fish & Game Department to obtain my answer. There has to be a valid reason and they should know.:)
  4. huntingwildman

    huntingwildman Fawn

    Feb 13, 2007
    I swear all this talk of hunting coyotes at night with a rifle, will only make it easier to poach deer leaves me cold. Poachers will poach regardless, and it's already easy to do. Drive down a back road, shine a deer and drop it. Come back later and pick it up, now how much easier can it get? Your not going to want to pack lights, night vision gear, a rifle and other equipment hoofing it around the pasture looking for deer. That's way to much work for those inclined to poach, and there is no quick getaway after the shot. Other states have night hunting with rifles and poaching is not an issue, and it wouldn't be here either.
  5. davers

    davers 10 pointer

    Jul 14, 2014
    "Dark Cloud" I wrote the Department of F&W, as you suggested, and I received the following reply on the topic of allowing the use of small centerfire rifle cartridges (like the .22 Hornet) for Squirrel Hunting here in Kentucky:

    Thanks for your inquiry regarding squirrel hunting weapons. Our limitations to rimfire rifles for squirrel hunting dates back well before my time here at fish and wildlife. However, most arguments I’ve heard for limiting to rimfire rifles is the perceived safety risk with firing “hotter” rounds in the air. Keep in mind that small game hunting methods are for statewide harvest and do have to balance weapons discharge in areas with higher densities of people in some circumstances. The bullet diameters you note are commonly utilized for small game hunting. Our regulation process allows for constituent input through our Commission process. If you are passionate about the issue, then you may consider taking it up with your District Commissioner ( Thanks for being a small game hunter and let me know if I can help you any further.

    John J. Morgan, Certified Wildlife Biologist
    Small Game Program Coordinator
    KY Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
    #1 Sportsman's Lane
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    (800)852-0942 Ext. 4458
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  6. predator1

    predator1 10 pointer

    Dec 25, 2008
    I do feel that rimfire at the very least should be allowed for nighttime hunting. That would increase a hunters a effective range to at least 75-100 yards, possibly more depending on the round chosen. As for the poachers argument. That's like saying because we own guns that it's going to make it easier for us to commit mass murder. That's literally what that statement is saying. Even if it did make poaching easier, I highly doubt it would make a gunshot in the dark any less noticeable......

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