Act 68 Allows Breech Loading Rifles of .35 or Larger Caliber to Be Used During Primitive Firearm Deer Season

Release Date: 05/29/2012

May 29, 2012 -- Act 68 of the 2012 Louisiana Legislative Regular Session, signed by Governor Bobby Jindal, allows breech loading rifles of .35 or larger caliber to be used during the primitive firearm deer season.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, recently approved a list of primitive firearm calibers, smaller than .38, that would be legal for deer hunting in the state beginning with the 2012-13 hunting season.  That specific list of primitive firearm calibers is no longer needed since the .35 caliber or larger designation includes the calibers the Commission had approved.

The new definition of a legal firearm for the primitive firearm season will now include: single shot, breech loading rifles, .35 caliber or larger, having an exposed hammer that uses metallic cartridges loaded either with black powder or modern, smokeless powder.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

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