Natural Resources Commission Shoots Down Higher Rifle Power Request

May 19, 2015

Some hunters have complained they're only allowed to use rifles with the same firepower as some pistols.
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A proposal that would have allowed hunters to use high-powered rifles is off the table. The state Natural Resources Commission voted against the proposal Tuesday after determining there was not enough public support for the measure.

Natural Resources Commission member Pat Early says there was no biological or environmental need, so the proposal was really just a social issue.

“Any time you pass something that you don’t have a clear consensus on you create a lot of disruption," Early says. "We’re all about hunting and fishing and using the resources and not about creating controversy.”

Indiana law prohibits hunters from using anything more powerful than a .243 caliber rifle.