I have tried to get a response from the MI DNR; I submitted my question in writing (via Email) and was told that I would get response in 10 working days; two days later I got an email saying that they 'assumed' that I had found the answer to my question and unless I resubmitted the question in 48 hours, they would assume it was answered (typical MI DNR....don't do anything but bitch about how much money they don't have for this or that.....the deer hunters get the lions share of all the funds :pissed: )
The laws I have found have been somewhat ambigous, which is why I would like some clarification.....it is against federal law to use a single projectile firearm to harvest waterfowl; if you were sitting in a blind with decoys out, duck call around your neck, and a scoped centerfire rifle with you, loaded and uncased, the case could be made for you using that weapon to take waterfowl. The law states that only bows and shotguns of 10 gauge or smaller using nontoxic shot may be used to harvest waterfowl. It is also illegal to have more than one "gun" (there refernce, not mine). It is my understanding that a lot of drillings are confiscated during duck season because of this law.
On the other hand, MI law allows a CPL holder to carry while hunting, even though he may not use that gun for a particular hunting purpose (i.e. bowhunters with CPLs may carry concealed; they can't use anything but a bow to harvest game).
I guess where I'm having some trouble is whether or not this handgun falls under the "2nd gun" rule.
As far as leaving the gun at home....would like to, but there are several reasons as to why I am concerned enough to carry a sidearm so I have something at the boat launch and in the boat to and from the hunting area.(and no, I really rather not go into it right now).
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