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Idaho Seeks Input On Repealing In-Line Ban

Just prior to the 2007 season, Idaho Game and Fish revised the definition of an acceptable muzzleloading weapon to prohibit in-line muzzleloaders, telescopic sights, pelletized powder, sabots, and 209 shotgun primers (the ban on 209 primers is, I believe, a first in the West).

While some of these prohibitions exist in other muzzleloader seasons across the West, the ban on in-line muzzleloaders is particularly harsh and would require many Idaho hunters to buy an entirely new rifle if they want to participate in muzzleloader seasons.

Colorado, under pressure from an organized special interest group of traditional "buck-skinner"-style muzzleloader hunters, enacted a similar ban on in-line muzzleloaders a few years ago. It was repealed after only a year when large numbers of disenfranchised in-line hunters objected to the largely arbitrary restriction.

The Idaho Game and Fish Commission is now reconsidering the ban that arbitrarily left so many hunters on the sidelines. As the Idaho Department of Game and Fish notes, "In-line muzzleloaders have no ballistic or overall range advantage over 'side-lock' muzzleloaders."

For complete details or to comment on whether the in-line ban should remain in place or be repealed, see the IFG press release dated 12/03/2007.

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