What is your State Regulation

In Florida for Deer Hunting we have a State Regulation when hunting with an AR 15. The magazine must be no more than 5 rounds and the bullet requirement is 223 rem 70gr Expanding.
What does you state require if different.


AFAIK Nevada does not have a magazine capacity rule, but they do have a bullet type and caliber rule depending on what you plan on hunting. 50 BMG is a no no.
(Refer to NRS 503.150 and NAC 503.142)


  • Rifles and Handguns - Rifles or handguns using ammunition larger than .22 caliber rimfire are prohibited on state-owned land. Rifles or handguns of any caliber are prohibited on State-leased and Permit-Required Hunting Areas (see Permit-Required and State-Leased Hunting Area sections for exceptions). The use of rifles or handguns to hunt turkeys, waterfowl, or any other federally regulated migratory game bird (except crows) is prohibited. Hunting on private land with ammunition larger than .22 caliber rimfire long rifle during the private land shotgun/rifle deer season is prohibited unless the user has a valid private land deer season permit and landowner consent form. The use of rifles or revolvers to hunt deer is subject to additional restrictions (see Private Land Shotgun/Rifle Season). The use of ammunition larger than .22 caliber rimfire to hunt raccoon or opossum at night is prohibited. A person using a handgun for hunting must possess any required state/town permits to carry. Note: It is legal to use .17 caliber rimfire firearms in all situations where it is legal to use .22 caliber rimfire firearms.
  • Shotguns - The possession of shotgun ammunition larger or heavier than #2 shot is prohibited on state-owned lands, state-leased lands, and Permit-Required Hunting Areas, at all times, and is prohibited on private lands during the Private Land Shotgun/Rifle Deer Season (see Permit-Required and State-Leased Hunting Area sections for exceptions). However, on any lands, waterfowlers hunting from a boat, blind, or stationary position may use up to and including size BB steel shot. The possession of lead shot while hunting waterfowl, rails, and coot is prohibited. The use of shotguns larger than 10-gauge for hunting waterfowl is prohibited. Shotguns must not be capable of holding more than 3 shells (2 in the magazine, 1 in the chamber) when hunting waterfowl, other migratory birds (except crows), deer on state lands, and turkey. The exception is that unplugged shotguns are legal to use during the September Canada goose season. The use of shotguns to hunt deer or turkey is subject to additional restrictions (see Deer Hunting and Turkey Hunting).
  • Muzzleloaders - During Muzzleloader Deer Seasons, a muzzleloader means a rifle or shotgun, .45 caliber minimum, incapable of firing a self-contained cartridge, using powder and a single projectile loaded separately at the muzzle end. Shotgun converters and telescopic sights are legal. Restrictions on the use of smoothbore muzzleloaders for hunting small game and waterfowl are the same as those for shotguns. Restrictions on the use of muzzleloading rifles for hunting small game are the same as those for rifles, except that on state-owned land, up to a .36 caliber muzzleloading rifle using round ball ammunition only may be used. A percussion/in-line muzzleloader with a cap or primer installed, an electronic muzzleloader with a battery connected, or a flintlock muzzleloader having powder in the pan are considered loaded firearms.
  • High-Velocity Air Guns - Are restricted to those that use a single ball or pellet-like projectile. Additional restrictions on the use of air guns are the same as those for rifles and handguns.

In Mississippi: Copied from MDWFP website

Legal weapons for hunting from one-half (1/2) hour after sunset to one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise are restricted to handguns or rifles using no larger than .22 standard rim-fire cartridges (no 22 magnums) and shotguns with shot no larger than No. 6. When hunting migratory birds, a shotgun must be “plugged” so that it can hold no more than three (3) shells at one loading. The hunting of turkeys during the spring gobbler season shall be restricted to shotguns only and with no shot larger than number two, compound, re-curve, Cross bow, and long bows. However, any quadriplegic may hunt turkey with a rifle.

We can use any capacity, Go Vols!

Nice to see another post in the hunting section!

Illinois firearm hunting(readers digest version)

Shotguns- At least 20 gauge, slugs only, total capacity of 3 shells.

Handguns=Straight wall cartridge of at least 30 caliber, with an advertised muzzle energy of at least 500 ft/lbs, 4 inch barrel minimum
Single shot=Straight wall cartridge(no case length limit) or bottleneck with a case length under 1.4 inches and a muzzle energy of at least 500 ft/lbs

Muzzle-loader rifle=Single or double barrel with a barrel length of at least 16 inches, and at least .45 caliber

Side note= With a firearm season tag, it is legal to use a bow or crossbow, during firearm season.

Also, you can conceal carry a handgun if it meets the legal requirements for hunting. Yes, you can legally harvest a deer with said handgun.

Oregon highlights:
[Legal hunting methods and weapon restrictions | Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife]
deer, pronghorn, bear, cougar
• .22 or larger centerfire rifle or handgun; semi-auto rifle magazine capacity five or less.
• muzzleloader .40 or larger.
• shotgun #1 buck or larger, or slugs.
• bow 40lb or heavier draw weight.

elk, bighorn, mountain goat
• .24 or larger centerfire rifle or handgun; semi-auto rifle magazine capacity five or less.
• muzzleloader .50 or larger.
• shotgun slugs for elk; prohibited for sheep or goat.
• bow 40lb or heavier draw weight.

western gray squirrel
• whatever your heart desires

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@Albert_Al Same here. But you can’t have more than 5 rounds in ANY rifle!

For deer in Kentucky-

  • Any caliber centerfire rifle or centerfire handgun.
  • Rifle or handgun magazines may not be capable of holding more than 10 rounds.
  • Rifles or handguns may not be fully-automatic (capable of firing more than one round with one trigger pull).
  • Full metal jacketed or tracer bullet ammunition is prohibited.
  • Shotguns, no larger than 10-gauge, shooting slug ammunition only (includes saboted bullets).
  • Muzzle-loading rifles, handguns, or shotguns shooting round balls, conical bullets, or saboted bullets.
  • Air guns of .35 caliber or larger charged by an external tank, shooting single projectile ammunition designed to expand upon impact.

What does Mississippi law allow for AR15 deer hunting? This thread was targeting deer hunting only.

Are you saying that you can use an AR15 with 30 rounds and Full Metal Jacket ammo?

Is an AR 15 allowed in Illinois and if so what magazine capacity and ammo restriction.

What state are you in?

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Oh. Well pardon me sir


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Absolutely no restrictions on .223/556.

Wow. I guess they figure that you guys are deadly shooters. Thanks for responding. I am working on a hunting guide for each state with the opinions of individual hunters.

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Thanks for responding.

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Alabama (Deer)
(2) DEER:

x Rifles using centerfire, mushrooming ammunition. Pre-charged pneumatic air powered guns, .30 caliber or larger.

x Pre-charged pneumatic arrow shooting rifles using an arrow equipped with a broadhead which has a minimum cutting diameter of 7/8 inch and 2 sharpened edges.

x Shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller using buckshot, slugs, or single round ball.

x Muzzle-loaders and Black Powder Handguns–.40 caliber or larger.

x Long bows, compound bows, or crossbows in conformance with 220-2-.03.

x Handguns or pistols using centerfire, mushrooming ammunition.

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