Allow use of qualified air guns to hunt for big game animals


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Background statement: Air gun hunting for big game is not new. Air gun technology dates back to Lewis and Clark who used a pre-charged pneumatic powered air rifle on their expedition through Idaho in 1803.

Currently, Idaho law and Fish and Game Commission rules do not allow hunting for big game with air guns.

To keep with fair chase and ethics guidelines, the caliber and discharge requirements would be proposed as such:

Air guns using pre-charged pneumatic power to propel a projectile (excluding shot and arrows) with un-ignited compressed air or gas and caliber criteria relative to species. 

  1. For moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, elk and black bear; “big bore” airguns not less than .45 caliber.
  2. For pronghorn, deer, mountain lion and gray wolf; “big bore” airguns not less than .35 caliber.


Notice of Intent Filing
Notice of Intent Posted: 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Comment Period: 
6/6/2018 to 6/27/2018
Primary Contact: 

Greg Wooten
Enforcement Chief
Idaho Fish and Game
600 S. Walnut
PO Box 25
Boise, Idaho 83707
(208) 334-3736
Fax (208) 334-2114