Pennsylvania (PA) Deer Hunting Minimum Caliber Regulation

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Our Associate portal can be found here

The past few months have seen steep increase intentions regarding the proposal in Pennsylvania deer hunting minimum caliber regulations. All this pressure and unsettlement were put to rest a few weeks ago when the board of game commission in the respective region had their voting. I am not sure if the final decision was an advantage, as they voted down the proposal.

Among the commissioners, Dennis Fredericks seemed to have a bold opinion of why he voted against the proposal. In fact, he had the brightest alternative in which I am sure played an essential role in some of the members backing him up in his stand.  The meeting was held virtually with and was a unanimous voting process to ensure fairness and transparency in the proceedings.

Pennsylvania Proposed Hunting Regulation

What Does the Regulation Entail?

The minimum hunting caliber regulation on deer hunting in Pennsylvania is practically still on a stalemate. The government sought to increase the physical limitation instead of deer hunting in the said region, setting a minimum range that is to apply to all its hunters. This regulation states that smaller calibers, less than 24, are not to be used on big game hunting, which does include the deer.

A burning issue that theoretically led to the government viewing this as a solution was the alarming rate of fatalities associated with hunting; especially those resulting from attempts on predators with inferior rounds. The .223 and 22-250 calibers are the most popular of the prohibited centrefires that will be deemed inefficient to get the job done. 

A Personal Opinion on the Regulation

Personally, this is more of a short term solution that brings with it more harm than good. With the rounds in the limelight, we see the inception of young hunters into the shunting genre. If we prohibit their use, then it will mean that we expect a decrease in the number of new hunters.

Coincidentally, older hunters find these cartridges more practical because of their light recoil. Prohibiting them will mean that they will no longer participate during the next season, compromising the number of able hunters. At first, it may seem to work, but the ratio of hunter to prey will tip to one side sooner or later.

Daniel Fredericks, a commissioner on the board, gave the world a more stable and practical approach. In his view, taking on an educational system is better than adding more restrictions to the already in place regulations. He saw fit to invest in the education of proper round selection, which was a significant concern not only to the state but also to foreign regions. He emphasized the importance of adequate preparation for any possible outcome before heading to the field.

Bullet placement and angling also need to be incorporated in the course.

Consequences if the Proposal Passed

If the proposal had been pa