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Rifles Could be Used In Branch County Deer Hunting If Legislation Passes


LANSING (WTVB) - Call it a win for hunters in Branch County and across Southern Michigan and also for the businesses that cater to them. The Michigan House this week overwhelmingly approved a bill introduced by state Rep. Matt Lori that would allow limited use of rifles for deer hunting in an area now limited to shotguns, muzzleloaders and pistols. The measure would permit the use of a straight-walled pistol cartridge in rifles that can accommodate such ammunition. The pistol cartridges don’t travel as far as conventional rifle rounds and pose less of a safety risk. The use of rifles in the southern part ofMichiganis currently restricted because of the safety risk posed in more heavily populated areas of the state. Lori, a former St. Joseph County Sheriff from Constantine, says this change will bring Michigan in line with Indiana, which has already approved use of this type of ammunition for rifle hunting. Lori says the cartridges also cause less recoil than shotguns, which could appeal to youth, female and senior citizen deer hunters. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.