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Tue., Feb. 12, 2013, 12:06 p.m.

Wyoming wildlife enforcement opposes silencers for hunting

David Powers shows one of his long-range hunting and target rifles capable of shooting accurately up to 1,000 yards.Lewiston Tribune photos (Lewiston Tribune photos)
David Powers shows one of his long-range hunting and target rifles capable of shooting accurately up to 1,000 yards.Lewiston Tribune photos (Lewiston Tribune photos)

HUNTING -- What are the chances that Wyoming legislators will listen to wildlife enforcement professionals and landowners and keep rifle sound supressors off-limits for hunting?

"The suppressors themselves might not be a total fair chase issue, but when you're talking about extremely long range rifles now, and special high powered scopes, and range finders, and now you throw suppressors in, you're starting to get into a situation where, are you hunting or are you just killing?. And we feel that suppressors are just another step in the wrong direction for that. And we feel it's an issue for the future of hunting."

Roger A. Bredehoft, lobbyist for the Wyoming Game Wardens Association, speaking against legislation that would allow hunters to use silencers on their rifles. - Casper Star-Tribune




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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