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Bear Hunting Shotgun Capisity in WA

A friend invited me to go bear hunting in Washington state. I want to take my shotgun and shoot slugs which apperar to be legal.. Is there a maximum capisity of shells my shotgun can hold for hunting??? If so can you please point me to the regulation.

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Welcome to BGH.

I don't know the answer to your question but, I'm courious as to why you would take a shotgun over a rifle? I knew guy's in Alaska that carried short barrelled shotguns while fishing. From what I understand the guide's in the interior do also. But their only concern is an up close bear attack. 12ga slugs have been effective up close but beyond about 20 yds I read that they won't penetrate a beards skull, grizzly anyway. Shotgun might be a good choice for up close but if your intentionally hunting bears, I'd think you'd want something that carries the fight farther.

I have no idea what a slug would do to a bear at 50+ yards but taking that shot could be a poor way to find out. I'd carry a short barreled rifle in 7mm cal plus if I had it. My old Rem 660 would be perfect. 20" barrel in 308 Win w/2 3/4x scope. Handled like lighting, great field of view, gathered lots of light in low light conditions and delivered plenty of power for a bear well beyond 100 yds.

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Thanks Don: To answer your question I am not a serious hunter. I have a 30-06 that I hate to clean and I just got a new Saiga 12 shotgun. I would rather use the saiga because it is new to me and after working for the forest service for many years and having only seen 2 bears in the wild I don't think I will really get a shot off....I am just going to go out and have fun and don't know what I would do with anything if I shot it...No freezer space here. . I called the department of fish and wildlife this morning and there is no limit on capisity for shotguns. .

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Have a good time! Really limit yor shot and the 12 ga will do it. With a slug up fairly close the thing is awsome.

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To answer your question... there is no max capacity for big game.

I also have a few concerns.
I would suggest you rethink hunting for bears if you don't have a place for it or even know what you will do with it. Why kill just to kill?

You state that you are not a serious hunter and you want to take a new firearm into the field. Do you even know how well it shoots? Do you know how you will react with that firearm if you see a bear up close?

Not being a serious hunter, with a new firearm and no bear experience adds up to a bad situation if you ask me.

I would suggest you rethink your reasoning for taking the shotgun and take the .06 if you even hunt at all.

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I do know how the gun shoots as I have put about 700 rounds through it...but your probably right this may be a real bad idea..

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