Restrictions Sought on Some Ammo Used by Hunters

By Beacon Staff

BILLINGS – Montana wildlife officials are proposing new restrictions on the use of some types of ammunition by hunters in developed areas.

In the past hunters have been able to use shotguns, muzzleloaders, traditional handguns or archery equipment in so-called weapons restriction areas.

But advances in ammunition technology for muzzleloaders and shotguns, such as sabots, have increased the range of some of these firearms, which officials say could compromise public safety.

The proposal would prohibit the use of sabots and similar ammunition within the restriction areas. Sabots still could be used in the general hunting season in non-restricted areas.

Comments on the proposal are due by Feb. 5.

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