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Unread 08-23-2011, 06:34 PM
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Montana - outlawed laser rangefinders for hunting?

Is it true that Montana has outlawed the use of laser rangefinders for hunting? I lived there for a long time and they were ok. I have a buddy that called to see if it was ok to hunt with a lighted reticle (nightforce) and the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks told him that was ok but laser rangefinders were illegal for hunting. Is this true? I haven't heard of this before......
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    Re: Montana - outlawed laser rangefinders for hunting?

    god I dought it thats one of the free states semes counter intuitive to me. Knowing the range will boost hit ratios resulting in more and cleaner kills.
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    Re: Montana - outlawed laser rangefinders for hunting?

    if i had to guess they were probably talking about laser aiming devices
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    Re: Montana - outlawed laser rangefinders for hunting?

    HUH! Everyone I know is going to get a ticket if it were true. I can see how one paragraph would be construed to mean LRF but the light is not visible so I don't think it would count. A projected visible light beam would for sure be illegal, hence the spot lighting issues. I run questions like this through the game warden in the area I hunt, that way your getting it from the horses mouth so to speak.
    I've never been asked to or checked on a LRF and I've had it hanging in plain sight!

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    Re: Montana - outlawed laser rangefinders for hunting?

    I'm with everyone else but the crazy thing is my buddy called and asked a Montana game warden today. I told him I thought that was crazy as I've always hunted with one in Montana and it was legal so I thought maybe they changed the regulations. I guess the Game warden he talked to must have been mistaken. Still strange that he told him that.....
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    Re: Montana - outlawed laser rangefinders for hunting?

    Did he talk to a local game warden or to the main desk at Helena, there's a big difference sometimes!
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    Re: Montana - outlawed laser rangefinders for hunting?

    Possibly the ranger is not a shooter and doesn't know what a rangefinder is ?
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