Ask a CO: Can I carry a .22 rifle for hunting squirrels while bowhunting for deer?

by Editorial Staff | July 15, 2021
Black Crossbow and black .22 rifle lay up against a tree in a heavily wooded area.

Q: Can I carry a .22 rimfire rifle for hunting squirrels while bowhunting for deer during a bows-only deer season?
Scott Bisson, Brantford

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Bows only

A: If you are hunting deer during a bows-only season for deer, then the only type of fire-arm that you may use or carry with you is a bow. You can hunt squirrel (provided that squirrel season is open) with the bow.

David Critchlow, Provincial Enforcement Specialist, MNRF

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Originally published in the August 2020 issue of Ontario OUT of DOORS magazine. Ask a CO is also a regular feature in the print edition.

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