New law allows approved pistol cartridges in rifles to hunt deer
Iowa hunters will have a new option this fall while hunting deer during the youth season, disabled hunter season and both shotgun seasons – rifles that are capable of shooting straight-walled cartridges.
The new straight-wall cartridge law was passed without dissent by the Iowa Legislature, and then signed by Gov. Terry Branstad Thursday.
The law was enacted to allow for a lower recoil option for older and younger hunters, but is available to all hunters in those four seasons.
Hunters can only use straight-wall ammunition that is allowed for pistol hunting. There is a list of acceptable calibers in the Iowa Hunting and Trapping Regulations. Depending upon the caliber, some straight-wall cartridges will be effective up to 100 yards, but most will be effective to around 50 yards.
The new law requires individuals caught with a rifle capable of shooting ammunition not on the approved list while hunting deer to have their hunting privileges suspended for two years and receive a $250 fine.