Approved Firearms

The 2013 Big Game Weapon Restrictions section states
In any hunt, including any-weapon seasons, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:
• By any means other than approved firearms, muzzleloaders and archery methods.
There is nothing in the regulations that specify what the term "approved firearms" means. Please clarify. Thanks in advance.

Answer: 

Please continue to review page 88 of the 2013 Big Game Seasons and Rules book for lists of weapon restrictions, including restrictions for  rifle and shotgun; short range weapons; muzzleloader caliber requirements, muzzleloader only seasons and archery only seasons.
For example, for rifle and shotguns, it is unlawful to pursue or kill big game animals:
With any electronic device attached to, or incorporated on, the firearm or scope; except scopes containing battery powered or tritium lighted reticles are allowed.
With any fully automatic firearm.
With any firearm that, in combination with a scope, sling and/or any attachments, weighs more than 16 pounds. 
With any shotgun using shot smaller than #buck.
With any rimfire rifle, rimfire handgun, or muzzle-loading handgun, except for mountain lions or legally-trapped gray wolves.   
 

Answered on: 
Monday, December 30, 2013 - 10:06 AM MST