2020-2021 LEGAL WEAPONS DATES FOR HUNTING ON FS/HAAF

Species

Time Period

2020-2021 Time Period

Legal Hunting Weapon

Feral Hog

Small Game Season through the day before Deer Primitive Weapons Season

Aug. 15 – Oct. 9

Small Game Weapons1

Deer Primitive Weapons Season

Oct. 10 – Oct. 16

Muzzle-loading Rifles

Deer Firearms Season through the day before Turkey Season

Oct. 17 – Mar. 19

Big Game Weapons2

Turkey Season

Mar. 20 – May 15

Legal Turkey Weapons3

Day after Turkey Season through the day before Small Game Season

May 16 – Aug. 20*

*2021 estimated day before Small Game Season

Big Game Weapons2

Coyote

Small Game Season through the day before Deer Primitive Weapons Season

Aug. 15 – Oct. 9

Small Game Weapons1

Deer Primitive Weapons Season

Oct. 10 – Oct. 16

Muzzle-loading Rifles

Deer Firearms Season through the day before Turkey Season

Oct. 17 – Mar. 19

Big Game Weapons2

Turkey Season

Mar. 20 – May 15

Legal Turkey Weapons3

Day after Turkey Season through the day before Small Game Season

May 16 – Aug. 20*

*2021 estimated day before Small Game Season

Big Game Weapons2

 

1Small Game Weapons-Any .22-cal or smaller rim-fire rifle or handgun, or air rifle, or any shotgun having a shot-shell size 3.5 inches or smaller in length with # 2 or smaller shot, or any black-powder shotgun loaded with #2 shot or smaller.  Archery-long bows, compound bows and crossbows (with scopes), also allowed. Contrary to state law, “black-powder rifles are not considered small game weapons on FS/HAAF.”

 

2Big Game Weapons -Any center-fire rifle or pistol with .22-cal or larger expanding bullets, and any shotgun 20 gauge or larger loaded with slugs, or any muzzle-loading rifle (scopes allowed). Archery-long bows, compound bows and crossbows (with scopes), also allowed.  “Use or possession of buckshot is prohibited.” Center-fire rifles or pistols may only be used in the areas designated as “Firearms”. 

 

3Turkey Weapons- Turkey hunters may take coyotes using turkey weapons in "Firearms" and "Shotgun" areas.  Legal Turkey Weapons shall be modern shotguns and muzzle-loading shotguns with # 2 shot or smaller.  Long bows, compound bows and crossbows with scopes are allowed.