Under new guidelines passed last spring by the Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, the definition of primitive weapons was changed from muzzle loaders to include certain rifles that can fire modern cartridges.
The restrictions are that they be a single-shot, breech-loading rifle of at least .38 caliber with an exposed hammer. The rifle also must be of a design or a replication or reproduction of a kind or type of firearm first introduced prior to 1900.
Archery rules were also changed to allow all hunters, with the purchase of a special permit, to use crossbows during all gun and primitive weapon seasons.
The biggest change involves rifles, and the bullets that they fire.
Cartridges can be loaded with modern, clean-burning powders, which, according to most hunters, is the only attraction that had them considering purchasing one of the qualifying firearms.
The primitive weapon season will continue through Dec. 15, when it gives way to the second regular gun season.
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