Nevada: Hunting Caliber Size Restrictions Scheduled for Consideration at June Commission Meeting

June 18, 2016

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners released their meeting notice for June 25. At this meeting the Board of Wildlife Commissioners plans to discuss the proposed hunting caliber size restrictions. One of the proposed regulations would make it unlawful to hunt big game animals with a centerfire rifle using a .50 caliber cartridge or a centerfire cartridge with a case length of more than 3 inches. The proposed regulation is unfounded and will only serve to arbitrarily limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners and hunters. Many cartridges used for big game hunting exceed the arbitrarily selected .50 caliber and 3 inch case length restriction, such as the .470NE, .500NE, .50 BMG, .577NE and the 505 Gibbs.

The commissioners state that the purpose of the proposed regulation is “to adapt to technological advances and limit long range shooting in the spirit of fair chase and ethical hunting practice, limit the waste of edible game meat, and clarify muzzleloader powder restrictions.” Paired with science, certain hunting regulations are an integral part of wildlife management and conservation. However, the proposed regulations will not accomplish the purported goals laid out by the commissioners because they are not based on sound science but instead on a misguided, anti-gun agenda.

For example, the commissioners claim they would like to “limit the waste of edible game meat” by banning .50 caliber ammunition for centerfire rifles; however, common hunting rounds such as .308 often use features such as softtips or hollow points causing the round to expand to a wound channel similar to that of .50 caliber. This is simply an arbitrary proposed ban not based on sound science or wildlife management.

  • generalJed

    This has Harry’s hand prints all over it. Harry Reid took credit for establishing the 100 square mile shooting range just north of Las Vegas. I was told that he had nothing to do with it, just like the N-S Harry Allen power line. Yet, Harry was one of the first to call for extreme gun bans after Orlando. It seems that he has a dichotomy problem!

  • robert sanders

    Fight back hard and let these Obama Cronies know that we are not going to take it anymore

    • bobnstuff

      You do now it’s a state regulation we are talking about and it’s in a state run by a republican.

  • Larry

    Another Harry the American traitor bug infestation. He Always did think he knows better than anyone else what we citizens need. Sorry Harry we know that you are an A*****e and we don’t need you.

  • bobnstuff

    I know bigger is better but why would you need a 50 cal. to go hunting with? We don’t have elephant’s to hunt in our country. Of course I don’t understand why you need a gun that holds more then 15 rounds. I understand the joy of shooting a large gun and blasting something but hunting isn’t a place that I would ever think of using something that big. This isn’t even a second amendment case, It’s about giving Bambi a break. Also just how far will one of those bullets go if you miss?

    • disqus_CeZmTpgh9W

      Apparently you are not aware that many muzzle loading rifles are 50 caliber or larger.
      Bambi was a Disney cartoon, NOT a real deer. And hunting rifles mostly have FIVE SHOT mgazines

      • bobnstuff

        The rule is for center firing only, muzzle loaders are not involved. I have a 93 cal. flintlock, 3 1/2 oz. ball. Fun rifle but the ball doesn’t travel very far. No one shot Bambi in the movie but it is a nick name around here for deer is Bambi. In many states you can’t use semi-automatics to hunt and you are limited in magazine size. Anyone who needs more then five shoots to bring down a deer shouldn’t be hunting.


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