The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission recently announced that starting with the 2018 hunting season, big bore PCP air guns .35 caliber or larger will be legal to hunt deer, elk, and bear during the Tennessee Modern Gun Season. The Benjamin Pioneer Airbow will also be legal means to harvest deer, elk, bear and turkey during the Modern Gun Season for all hunters, and during the archery season for disabled hunters.
“The action of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission to allow the use of big bore airguns for the take of big game is an incredible testament to the maturation that is happening across the county,” said Jay Duncan Director of Marketing for Crosman Corporation. “Not only is airgun technology maturing to the point that it provides hunters a new, exciting and ethical means of take, but regulatory officials are open to broadening opportunities to put new hunters in the field.”
Tennessee joins a growing list of states allowing the use of big bore airguns and/or the Airbow during their hunting seasons. Florida, Texas, Arizona, Virginia, Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Washington State allow big game animals to be legally taken with the Airbow. Feral hogs can be taken in Georgia, Florida and Texas while coyotes and other predators may be hunted with the Airbow in more than 30 states. Georgia and South Carolina allow the Airbow to be used for alligator hunting.
The Pioneer Airbow is an all-new category of big game weapon featuring full length arrows and full weight broadheads, all driven by air. Based on Benjamin’s proven American-made PCP platform, the Pioneer is easily cocked and decocked with two fingers and fires eight shots in the same amount of time it takes to fire three from a crossbow, all at a blazing 450 FPS.
“The Airgun Sporting Association is committed to working with our state wildlife agency partners across the country to expand the use of airguns for hunting,” said J. Mitch King President and CEO of Airgun Sporting Association. “This action by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission to legalize the use of big bore airguns .35 caliber and larger for big game hunting in Tennessee will provide Tennessee hunters with a new and exciting opportunity for hunting in their state. The Association and the airgun industry applauds the Commission for their action and we look forward to supporting our state wildlife agency partners in their efforts toward wildlife management and the growth of hunting and recreational shooting.”