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Q: When hunting with a black-powder gun in a black-powder deer season, can I carry two guns as long as only one is loaded? Also when deer hunting, can I carry a small-calibre rifle for bird hunting?
– Ron Wilhelm, Walkerton
A: When hunting during a season allowing muzzle-loading guns, you may carry as many muzzle-loading guns as you wish.
More than one may be loaded, but you need to remember that all firearms being carried must be handled in a safe manner, with due care and attention, and with reasonable consideration for people or property.
When deer hunting, the types of firearms you may carry are restricted to the types of firearms that may be used for deer during that season. If it is a “rifle” season for deer, you can carry a smaller calibre rifle for game birds.
However, if it’s a “shotgun” season for deer in which rifles cannot be used for deer, you cannot be hunting deer and carrying a rifle for game birds. Similarly, if it is the “muzzleloader” season, you cannot carry a rifle for game birds while hunting deer.
–David Critchlow (Provincial Enforcement Specialist, MNRF)
Originally published in the 2018-2019 Hunting Annual. Ask a CO is a regular feature in the print edition of Ontario OUT of DOORS.