Deer Hunting With an Air Rifle?

Can you hunt deer with an air rifle?

..short answer is YES.

The Epox Badger is a .40 cal PCP air rifle that shoots 180-252 grain hollow point pellets and can take deer out to 75 yards. The 180 grain pellet does about 800 fps while the 252 grain pellet does 700 fps. The Badger can shoot 3 pellets without a recharge. The 40 cal Badger retails for $700.00

Watch this deer hunt video featuring the Epox Badger .40 cal air rifle.

Hunting Grey Fox with the Crosman Nitro Venom Air Rifle

So what kind of game can you hunt with an air rifle?

What about in .177 caliber?

How about Grey Fox?

Watch….

The Crosman Nitro Venom air rifle is very powerful and capable of taking small to medium game like rabbits, raccoons, fox, skunk, squirrels, birds, reptiles, etc. If you are interested in a really good hunting pellet rifle then check it out….Crosman Nitro Venom Air Rifles at Amazon.com

Best Pellet Gun for Hunting Small Game

Choosing the Best Pellet Gun for Hunting

The best pellet gun for hunting will depend on what you what to hunt and how much can you spend. There are cheap pellet guns, under $100, that are great for hunting small game and pests. If you can spend more like $150-$200 then you can get a nicer pellet gun with better sights, more power, wooden stock and maybe a scope. Let’s take a look at some of the game you can hunt with a pellet gun.

Bird Hunting with a Pellet Gun

Since birds are small and fragile, they are easy to take with a pellet gun. You do not need much power to hunt birds with a pellet gun unless you want to take longer range shots. Typical bird hunting ranges are about 25-35 yards when hunting with pellet guns. If you want or need to take longer shots like 75 yards or greater then you might want a pellet gun with 1,000 fps velocity or greater. For closer ranges, 350-650 fps pellet velocities are perfect. .177 pellets will need more speed because they are lighter. If you want to hunt with a .22 caliber pellet gun then you do not need the same velocity. .22 caliber pellets are heavier, so the velocity can be lower while still remaining lethal.

Small Mammal Hunting with a Pellet Gun

Small mammals such as rats, field mice, squirrels, ringtails, raccoons, opossums, etc can be hunted with pellet guns at reasonable ranges of 15 – 50 yards depending on the game size. Rats and mice can be taken out to 100 yards. Larger game like raccoons, opossums and ringtails should be taken between 15 and 30 yards. Head shots are best on larger game offering quick and humane kills. Scopes really make it easy to take longer and more accurate shots.

Best Pellet Guns Under $100 for Hunting

If you like hunting with a pistol then you definitely want to look at the Crosman 1322 or 1377 American Classic pellet pistol. It’s a powerful and accurate pump action single shot. The 1377 is a .177 caliber pistol while the 1322 is a .22 caliber gun. It retails for about $60 and is a real bargain. You can add a butt stock to it, turning it into a carbine. The sights are very good and it is well made. A pistol is easy to carry into the field and bring into action.

Crosman 1322 air pistol

The Crosman 2100B is another sub $100 pellet gun that is great for hunting small game. It too is a pump action single shot pellet gun however the 2100B is a rifle. It is very powerful with 10 pumps and accurate as well. You can mount a scope on it easily. It is part plastic and part metal but is still well made. It is a light weight gun and easy to carry long distances. It can shoot .177 pellets and BB’s. Pellets are much better for hunting because they are heavier and expand. Browse All Pellet Guns Under $100 at Amazon.com

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Best Pellet Gun $100-$200 for Hunting

The best pellet gun for hunting and for the money is, hands down, the Gamo Whisper Silent Cat Rifle. You can buy it online for about $130.00 even though it retails for $269.00. This is a super pellet gun for hunting. It is very powerful, up to 1250 fps with PBA pellets which means you can hunt larger small game or shoot at longer distances. The Silent Cat is a synthetic stocked, break barrel single shot rifle. It is light weight and very ergonomic. The stock is fantastic. It fits really well and is comfortable. It has a rubber butt pad too…ohh and it comes with a 4X scope too!!  Let’s also mention that it is QUIET. If you keep the pellet velocity below the speed of sound, it will remain quiet but if you use light PBA pellets and the velocity hits 1200+ fps then it will sound like a .22 rifle. Buy the Gamo Whisper Silent Cat Rifle at Amazon.com

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Best Pellet Gun Over $200 for Hunting

Gamo makes some of the finest pellet guns for hunting period. The Gamo Whisper Fusion Pro .22 caliber pellet gun is the tops for hunting small and medium size game. The Fusion Pro in .22 caliber has a muzzle velocity of 1,000 fps with .22 caliber PBA pellets and about 850 with lead pellets. This is an awesome hunting pellet gun! Its a synthetic stocked, break barrel single shot with the famous Gamo Whisper noise damping technology. IT IS THE QUIETEST pellet gun in its class. The Gamo Fusion comes with a 3×9 -40mm scope and mounts. This gun is very close in power to a .22 LR rifle. The Fusion Pro .22 retails for $329.95. Buy it at Amazon.com for $255 now.

Gamo Whisper Fusion Pro Hunting Pellet Gun

Turkey Hunting with Benjamin Trail NP2

Turkey hunting can be very challenging but it always promises to be fun and it’s even better with a pellet gun. Low noise and lighter weight make a pellet gun a pleasure to hunt with.

Turkeys are typically taken with a shotgun at distances of around 30-40 yards. The Benjamin Trail NP2 air rifle can take a turkey at the same distance and without the muzzle blast. One shot from a 12 gauge 3″ shell and any game in the area will be long gone but with an air rifle, game barely notices anything and does not head for the hills. You get a second chance or can take another turkey if you’re first shot was successful. Air rifles are SWEET to hunt with.

Watch this exciting Turkey hunt with the Benjamin Trail NP2 pellet gun. Notice how quiet it is.

African Warthog Hunt – Bulldog .357

It doesn’t get any better than this….hunting in Africa. The Crosman/Benjamin Bulldog .357 air rifle is up to the challenge. It was designed for big game and the African Warthog is perfect.

One side note on hunting with air rifles….you DO NOT NEED HEARING PROTECTION.

Watch this spectacular South African Warthog hunt with the 2015 Crosman Bulldog .357 Air Rifle.

Big Bore Pellet Gun Hunting – Catalina Goats in Texas

Pellet guns are getting bigger and bigger…and more powerful. Birds and frogs used to be the only game you could hunt with a pellet gun when I was a kid. But now you can hunt big game with a pellet gun.

So how big are they?

Crosman makes the .357 Rogue. It fires a 145 grain bullet at 700 fps. There are some custom guns that are .45 caliber and .72 caliber. They shoot huge pellets/bullets at 700 – 800 fps.

Here is a video taken at the Texas Hunt Lodge where exotics roam. The Crosman Rogue takes Catalina Goats easily.