Texas Debating Silencers When Hunting Deer

I wish Missouri would allow silencers.  There’s nothing so frustrating as hunting with a group of friends and knowing that only one of you is going to get a shot off before the herd scatters.  Plus, it would cut down on the incessant whining of Libtards every time sharpshooters are tasked with culling the herd in a populated area:

You Could be Hunting with a Silencer Soon in Texas
March 5, 2012 – By Mose BucheleStateImpact.npr.org
Silencers make hunting easier on the ears, but some control control groups worry about safety.
StateImpact Texas intern Dave Barer contributed research and reporting to this article.

Without making much noise, a new proposal is headed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. If it passes, hunters in the state will be able to use a silencer when hunting deer, birds, and even alligators.

The Parks and Wildlife Department says the rule change is primarily about protecting hunters’ hearing and maintaining the tranquility of the outdoors.

“Some neighbors don’t want to hear gunshots, and they’re less likely to hear or be disturbed by gunshots through a firearm with a suppressor or silencer attached,” Scott Vaca, TPWD Assistant Chief of Wildlife Enforcement, told StateImpact Texas.

Just how quiet is a firearm with a silencer or suppressor attached?  Well, if you don’t happen to have the equipment at home, you can watch this video to hear the difference a silencer can make.

“A silencer doesn’t make it completely silent, whenever you still use your normal .223 ammo or your .22 ammo or whatever. But it quiets it down quite a bit,” Don Steele, a guide who leads hunting tours in the state, told StateImpact Texas.

Silencers are already allowed in the state for hunting feral hogs (an invasive species that the state is willing to do almost anything to control) and hog hunting is something Steele has a lot of experience with. Despite what Parks and Wildlife says, he says silencers can be useful for more than just ear protection.

“You have an opportunity when you miss to shoot a few more times without everything scattering, running off,” he said.

But you need more than just the silencer to get that advantage. You need the silencer and special ammunition.

“When you use your subsonic ammo, whether its .308 .223, .22, the only thing you hear is the action of the rifle. You don’t hear the bullet,” said Steele.

In case your curios, Here’s a video of an AR 15 being fired with a silencer and subsonic ammunition.  As the person who uploaded the video writes, “the report of the gun is quieter than the steel being hit at 100 yards.”

Opponents of the rule change argue that a bullet is exactly the sort of thing that people should able to hear.

“I think there should be concerns across the spectrum, from people who are engaging in legitimate hunting activity and who are not able to hear the report of rifle fire from a hunter, or hunters who are not in their group and who don’t have that warning,”  Ladd Everitt, a spokesperson with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, told StateImpact Texas.  “And then moving everywhere from people hunting on lands they’re not supposed to be, to people using these things for activities their not supposed to.”

In fact, the fear that it could encourage poaching is one of the reasons why most hunting with a silencer is currently prohibited in Texas. But Parks and Wildlife’s Scott Vaca says the Department has no actual data to show that silencers pose a risk.

“We did receive a petition for rule-making to do away with the current prohibition, and since we didn’t have any data to support that it was a poaching issue or a resource concern, we went forward with the current proposal,” said Vaca.

Vaca added that the purchase of silencers is costly and strictly regulated by the federal government.

Texas Parks and Wildlife is now taking public comment on the proposal, and will be holding hearings on the plan through this month.

The Parks and Wildlife Commission will review those comments at its March 28th meeting. The commission is expected to vote on the rule change on March 29th.

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3 Comments on “Texas Debating Silencers When Hunting Deer”

  1. 1sam2 Says:

    Why do people get pleasure from killing animals ? Is it manly to hunt ? Why not carry a camera and just photograph them ?

    • PB-in-AL Says:

      @1sam2:

      1. I don’t know about pleasure killing. I’ve participated in hunting and slaughtering farm animals. It isn’t fun, but to get meat to eat, necessary.

      2. Nope, I know plenty of women who hunt, too.

      3. Because they taste better when they’re dead, cleaned, and barbequed, roasted, or fried.

      If all you wish to do is look at them, then by all means take a camera; I don’t have a problem with that. However, if you don’t eat meat, don’t put your preferences on me as a moral requirement. (I’m just supposing that is the direction from which your comment comes; if not, my apologies)

      • Big Frank Says:

        If the economic and political situation do not improve I will have to join the ranks of sportsmen just to have some meat on the table.


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