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Old 12-12-2016, 12:54 PM   #1
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Default Bow hunt during muzzleloader season?

I was talking to my brother-in-law today and he asked the question , Can you still bow hunt during the muzzle loader season ? Well I was kind of stumped . I think the answer is no but I'm not sure . His reply was that you can bow hunt during any other rifle season so why couldn't you bow hunt during muzzleloader season ? Anybody familiar with the law on this one ?
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:58 PM   #2
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Old 12-12-2016, 01:05 PM   #3
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I don't think so. Muzzle loading season is muzzle loading only, Archery is archery only, General season is all of the above.

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Old 12-12-2016, 01:18 PM   #4
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Nope.
The next heading below possession of firearms by felons is Archery and it comes right out and says no bows during muzzleloader season.
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Old 12-12-2016, 02:04 PM   #5
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When is muzzle loader only season? Never paid attention to that. Heck, I've never even shot a muzzle loader.
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Old 12-12-2016, 02:05 PM   #6
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When is muzzle loader only season? Never paid attention to that. Heck, I've never even shot a muzzle loader.
You should get into it and add a few more weeks to your hunting season. Heck it's just as easy to learn and inexpensive as traditional archery......


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Old 12-12-2016, 03:12 PM   #7
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When is muzzle loader only season? Never paid attention to that. Heck, I've never even shot a muzzle loader.
I want to say it is county by county dependent on if/when there is a ML season... but it is almost always at the tail end.

I do know of at least one person who is a die hard bowhunter and enjoys the fact that there is a season at the end that he is only allowed to hunt with a gun and can't bring his bow. It is a built in excuse to fill the freezer with the gun.
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Old 12-12-2016, 03:19 PM   #8
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http://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/ou...s/muzzleloader

Muzzleloader Only White-tailed Deer Season

A muzzleloader is any firearm that is loaded only through the muzzle. Note: A cap and ball firearm in which the powder and ball are loaded into a cylinder is not a muzzleloader. Muzzleloader deer seasons are restricted to muzzleloading firearms only.
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Old 12-12-2016, 08:58 PM   #9
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I know we have a 2 week muzzleloader season here in Houston County immediately following rifle season. I've though about buying one, but normally I've hunted so much by then I just want to sleep late!! But here it's only muzzleloader, no bows. Not sure about other counties.
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:30 PM   #10
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I was talking to my brother-in-law today and he asked the question , Can you still bow hunt during the muzzle loader season ? Well I was kind of stumped . I think the answer is no but I'm not sure . His reply was that you can bow hunt during any other rifle season so why couldn't you bow hunt during muzzleloader season ? Anybody familiar with the law on this one ?
There is no rifle season in Texas. What everyone calls "Rifle season" is actually called the "General Season", and you can legally hunt with any legal means during General season.

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Old 12-21-2016, 08:31 PM   #11
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When is muzzle loader only season? Never paid attention to that. Heck, I've never even shot a muzzle loader.
They added a whole bunch of counties this year, the eastern third of texas now has a two week muzzleloader season after the close of general season. I wish they would allow archery too, heres an idea have a trad archery season co-incide with ML season, they could refer to it as primitive arms season.
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TP&W should let bowhunters during muzzle loader season. Or maybe they may think it competes with the kids season that is the same time as muzzle loader season?
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Old 01-01-2019, 09:17 PM   #13
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TP&W should let bowhunters during muzzle loader season. Or maybe they may think it competes with the kids season that is the same time as muzzle loader season?
Then muzzleloaders will want to hunt during archery season, if you want to primitive hunt during muzzleloader season use a flintlock rifle with open sights.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:29 AM   #14
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I say a bow is not a firearm.

I dont see any advantage over a muzzleloader.
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:33 PM   #15
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Then muzzleloaders will want to hunt during archery season, if you want to primitive hunt during muzzleloader season use a flintlock rifle with open sights.
I see your point but archery is not as effective as a muzzleloader for harvesting game.

Or they could have traditional archery during muzzleloader season?
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Old 01-02-2019, 07:34 PM   #16
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I say a bow is not a firearm.

I dont see any advantage over a muzzleloader.
I agree.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:01 PM   #17
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At least we can agree on 1 thing
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:00 PM   #18
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It came about by wanting to make 2 weeks of bow season also muzzleloader, that got struck down n muzzleloaders got 2 weeks n jan n share it with youths with any firearm. Being they didnt get oct bowhunter dont get to hunt during muzzleloader. One of my friends a tpwd commisioner!! Trad muzzleloaders are a ton of fun as well. A nw trade gun(smooth bore flintlock to me is harder hunting than a trad bow. Bow will shoot shoot everytime i Draw and release it, rock lock may go off and may not!!
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It came about by wanting to make 2 weeks of bow season also muzzleloader, that got struck down n muzzleloaders got 2 weeks n jan n share it with youths with any firearm. Being they didnt get oct bowhunter dont get to hunt during muzzleloader. One of my friends a tpwd commisioner!! Trad muzzleloaders are a ton of fun as well. A nw trade gun(smooth bore flintlock to me is harder hunting than a trad bow. Bow will shoot shoot everytime i Draw and release it, rock lock may go off and may not!!
Having worked at the legislature, this sounds about right for TPWD. If I understand you correctly, you're saying that muzzleloader advocates wanted to insert muzzleloader season into two weeks of the archery-only season? However, that being rejected, they got two weeks of muzzleloader season added on to the end of general season -- and NO, this does not allow those archery guys to play at that time! Because, you know, bows are so much farther advance than muzzleloaders.... 15-35 yard range, let's say for bows; 75-125 yard range for muzzleloaders....

Someone correct my figures, if they're wrong.
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:40 PM   #20
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I say a bow is not a firearm.

I dont see any advantage over a muzzleloader.
Correct! A bow IS NOT a firearm.

Firearms are classified as using powder.

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Old 01-13-2019, 10:40 AM   #21
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Having worked at the legislature, this sounds about right for TPWD. If I understand you correctly, you're saying that muzzleloader advocates wanted to insert muzzleloader season into two weeks of the archery-only season? However, that being rejected, they got two weeks of muzzleloader season added on to the end of general season -- and NO, this does not allow those archery guys to play at that time! Because, you know, bows are so much farther advance than muzzleloaders.... 15-35 yard range, let's say for bows; 75-125 yard range for muzzleloaders....

Someone correct my figures, if they're wrong.
No that is correct. Especially is you use a inline
And scope! I see no reason unshouldnt be able to bow hunt this last 2 weeks myself either
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