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Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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New England handgun hunting?

Hi all,

living in northern Europe (Stockholm, Sweden) and having been living in Cambridge, MA, I know the climate and the wildlife of New England. However, it is not legal to hunt with handguns in most of Europe and - being an avid sixgunner - I would love to try this some time when in the US. Since I'm doing business in northern New England every now and then, I would like to know a little about the conditions for handgun hunting in primarily MA, NH and ME.

Are there special seasons for handguns or are the firearm seasons for deer etc the same for long guns and handguns?

Do you need a local hunting education course for hunting in MA and ME (I believe this is the case in NH)?

Are there any outfitters who specialize - or at least know a lot about - handgun hunting in the region?

Would appreciate any information on this. Will be using my competition revolvers, such as my .44mag S&W 629 Extreme Hunter w/12" barrel. We do compete in "magnum field shooting" in Sweden, using long-barreled revolvers and pistols on paper targets up to almost 200 yards away. But we cannot hunt, which is deplorable since the guns, esp. when scoped, will deliver tack-driving performance at least up to 100 yards.

Thanks,

Mike

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Location: Southern NH
Joined: 09/13/2006
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New Hampshire

Handgun hunting is allowed in NH statewide. I would check into the legality of bringing a handgun into MA. You can read all you need to know about handgun hunting in NH here:

http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/

Check out the websites for MA and ME, if interested.

http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/

http://www.state.me.us/ifw/index.html

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Location: Concord, New Hampshire
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New England handgun hunting?

I wish my 454 would shoot that well Cry I know it could if I just spent more time at the range with it Think

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Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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New England handgun hunting?
TookyRiverCalls wrote:
I wish my 454 would shoot that well Cry I know it could if I just spent more time at the range with it Think

That's certainly true...although my own very limited experience with the .454 is that it is very difficult to shoot well due to the excessive recoil and muzzle blast. I don't know about inherent accuracy but with lots of training (and very good shooting gloves) I'm sure it's an excellent hunting handgun cartridge.

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