What You Need to Know About Airgun Hunting

It’s true: not all airguns are created equal. Some airguns are absolutely useless for hunting, while others are extremely accurate and powerful enough to take down large game. Most people in real-time will use an air rifle to take small game.  Most people probably won’t use an airgun for trophy hunting – but with the appropriate equipment you can use one for turkeys, deer and other game.

There are plenty of different air rifles that you can choose for sucessful  hunting. However, depending on your needs and what it is you are hunting (birds, small game, etc.) there are specific air rifles that can be best used for you and your prey.

When discusiing  Airgun hunting, small game usually includes:

  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels
  • Birds
  • Woodchucks
  • Raccoons
  • Opossum

Hunting with Airguns: Is it Humane?

You may argue for and against hunting, but you can’t argue with the fact that airguns designed to kill small game are humane. Airguns are usually best for shooting animals such as squirrels, rabbits and birds, and because the targets are very small, the area you must hit to ensure a humane kill gives you more play than it would with larger game.

Aside from the humane killing aspect, you also have to consider the likelihood of your game escaping after you shoot it. For most people, including those who are an extremely accurate shot, airguns are only suitable for small game.

It’s important that you choose your hunting airgun based on the type of animal you’ll be shooting. A gray squirrel, for example, can absorb more of a hit than a bird can absorb.

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Your Airgun’s Power and Hunting

It’s essential to choose an airgun that’s powerful enough to deliver a kill shot when you’re using it to hunt. Velocity without power behind it doesn’t mean much when you’re hunting with an airgun, so you’ll need to choose a weapon with sufficient muzzle energy.

As an order of importance,  accuracy matters. The lower the power, the more accurate your shot needs to be. Beginners and intermediate shooters will be better off choosing a more powerful weapon for hunting.

Experts recommend that you choose a hunting airgun that delivers at least 12 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle. That translates to a .177-caliber airgun shooting a 7.9-grain lead pellet at 827 feet per seconds from the muzzle. If you’re shooting a .22-caliber airgun, you need one that can fire a 14.3-grain pellet at 615 feet per second at the muzzle. Naturally, other pellet weights produce different amounts of energy, and lower-powered airguns have limited effective ranges.

Should You Hunt with an Air Pistol?

Probably not. Most people don’t believe you should hunt with an air pistol. Because the lower limit for hunting is 12 foot-pounds, and most air pistols deliver less than 12 foot-pounds, it’s usually not a good idea to use them for hunting.

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Airgun Hunting and Caliber

The three  most common airgun calibers – .177, .22 and .25 – are important considerations when you’re hunting small game.

The smallest caliber, .177, can shoot right through game without hitting vital kill areas. You need to be an incredibly accurate shot if you attempt to hunt small game with a .177-caliber round.

The most successful caliber for hunting is generally  .22. It has a broader impact than smaller ammunition does, and there are a wide variety of pellets available at low cost.

While a .25-caliber shot will also be extremely effective for hunting small game, giving the hunter even more room for error, the fact remains that ammo of this caliber isn’t cost-effective for many people. .30 caliber and above are also available and increasingly  more viable for hunting due to the trend  to examine and change state and local  restirction on large bore air rifle hunting.

Hunting with Airguns: Put Safety First

Adherance to basic rules of safety is simply a requirement when hunting with an airgun. As with any shooting sport, it’s important that the person hunting small game is well trained in safety and knows how to operate his or her airgun properly. 

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