New York hunting licenses for the 2010-2011 season go on sale today and for the first time will include regulations for taking small game with air guns. Including air guns in these regulations ensures hunters are aware of minimum power and caliber requirements for humane harvesting of critters and predators.
Air guns may be used to hunt squirrels, rabbits, hares, ruffed grouse, and furbearers that may be hunted (e.g., raccoons and coyotes) and unprotected species.
2010-11 New York Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide
Per the regulations, unprotected species include porcupine, red squirrel, woodchuck, English sparrow, starling, rock pigeon and monk parakeet. No license is required for hunting unprotected species with an air gun whereas a license is required when using a bow or firearm. New York requires a minimum .17 caliber and a muzzle velocity of 600 fps.
Crosman’s lineup of Nitro Piston break barrel rifles and Benjamin PCP rifles provide hunters with an economical and less intrusive alternative. Ammunition is less expensive, the report from an airgun is nearly silent compared to a firearm and rounds do not travel as far. A Crosman or Benjamin air gun is the ideal choice for urban areas when disturbing neighbors may be a concern.