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Where isn't an ill. ret. legal?

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Unread 01-06-2011, 12:01 AM
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Where isn't an ill. ret. legal?

Does anyone know which western states don't allow an illuminated reticle for hunting big game? I used to think the illuminated 'sights' they were refering to were visible lasers or spotlights, but I've heard otherwise.
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    Unread 01-06-2011, 01:11 AM
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    Re: Where isn't an ill. ret. legal?

    Last time I checked Idaho allows the illuminated reticle for hunting.
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    Unread 01-06-2011, 01:47 AM
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    Re: Where isn't an ill. ret. legal?

    I've only heard of spotlights or gun mounted lights being illegal for game. Rightly so, because in my experience; lighted reticles only help with extremely fine reticles in the last few minutes of legal shooting time or after it's already dark.

    Realistically, if you can see the animal well enough to shoot, you could shoot with a normal standard duplex real easy. Legal shooting light is 1/2 hr before sunrise to 1/2 hour past sunset in Wyoming.

    In WY, spotlights are only legal for varmints/predators and only on private land with the written permission (specifically for spotlighting) from the landowner.

    What States are you hearing don't allow lighted reticles??

    Last edited by SBruce; 01-09-2011 at 02:40 PM. Reason: Night vision optics are included, (considered artificial light)
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    Re: Where isn't an ill. ret. legal?

    This sounds like a case of a game official not understanding the law, and extending it to something that wasn't supposed to be covered under the statute.

    Some years back (I was still a CA police officer at the time), there was a guy who'd mounted some sort of Bigfoot expedition, and intended to hunt and kill one to settle the question once and for all. Naturally, the tree huggers got all bent out of shape about the possibility of his hunting/killing a species there's no proof even exists. They got the CA Fish and Game involved, and the guy wound up being arrested for hunting with an "infrared sniperscope", which was illegal in CA. That's how the law was written, citing infrared scopes, specifically, by name. Problem was, the guy was using a passive ANPVS night vision scope, which is the modern technology that long since has replaced the old infrared scopes. In otherwords, they arrested and charged him for something the statute didn't prohibit, and wasn't illegal.

    Worth checking a bit further, but I have some doubts that illuminated reticles are truly illegal. Could be wrong, but worth checking further.
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    Re: Where isn't an ill. ret. legal?

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    Does anyone know which western states don't allow an illuminated reticle for hunting big game? I used to think the illuminated 'sights' they were refering to were visible lasers or spotlights, but I've heard otherwise.
    Im sure some one else will chime in but I think there are some states where the use of a lit rectical is not allowed.

    Horus Hawk rifle scope it built around the idea that some states do not allow the use of lit rectucuals
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    Re: Where isn't an ill. ret. legal?

    Oregon used to outlaw the lighted reticles, but have since changed it to projecting devices like lasers and lights.
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    Re: Where isn't an ill. ret. legal?

    Illuminated reticles are ILLEGAL IN WYOMING according to Wyoming Game and Fish
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