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Wa Badgers

While I was out on a recent scouting trip here in my home state of Washington I came across a pair of Badgers. I was wondering if there are any laws on the taking of badgers. If so what??? They were VERY agressive towards me. I was thinking what a nice rug they would make.

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Do see anything in the reg's that says you can't take them. They mentions raccoon They may be restricted to trapping.

The 2005 regulations are out. Check their internet site or any of the local sporting goods stores should have a copy by now.

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They may be restricted to trapping.

I believe this to be true as well for otter & beaver. Please correct me if I am wrong.

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dont know about your state but here in MT they are in the same class as a coyote or gopher,open season year round.I have one hanging on my wall that i took with my muzzle loader they make a great little rug for the wall.

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Well I checked the Regs but nothing of the sort on badgers. Oh well I am gonna wait and check the trappers regs later in the year. I would prefer to take them in the fall or winter.While the coats are nice and clean. If it is lawful to take badgers with a gun what caliber would be good???? I have been told that you can take them with .22 LR but I dont trust the power. I mean seriously a badger is about the equlivent in comparison to a small bear. I really dont want to get out there and find out the hard way and have him run back in the hole. I was also deciding on maybe using dads TC Pistol in .223.....maybe full metal jackets.(less hide damage)Will poast again when I find more out about this. Any coments are greatly apperciated.. Big smile

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The 223 would be a great choice,dont even consider the 22,they are tough little bastards and I have seen them charge when wounded,no joke i shot one with a 243 when I was about 11 and i thought it was dead,left the rifle on the 3 wheeler and went over to pick it up...Big Mistake!I got about 4 feet from him when he opened his eyes and came for me making a real loud growling noise that scared the s*** out of me!I could just hear my father over it laughing his ass off back by the his 4 wheeler,he thought it was great fun,anyways he finally turned back the other way and i finished him off.The solid bullets are great for anything you want to take a hide from,just hit him in the shoulders and hell go down.

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The 223 would be a great choice,dont even consider the 22,they are tough little bastards and I have seen them charge when wounded,no joke i shot one with a 243 when I was about 11 and i thought it was dead,left the rifle on the 3 wheeler and went over to pick it up...Big Mistake!I got about 4 feet from him when he opened his eyes and came for me making a real loud growling noise that scared the s*** out of me!I could just hear my father over it laughing his ass off back by the his 4 wheeler,he thought it was great fun,anyways he finally turned back the other way and i finished him off.The solid bullets are great for anything you want to take a hide from,just hit him in the shoulders and hell go down.

LOL no shit I found these two little farts while I was out on my 3 wheeler scouting for Mulies. LOL yea the whole 22 thing sounded kinda corny to me too. that little bullet isn't moving fast enough to kill a fly.

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