.........................Your allowed to use a rifle. The season starts the first week of November and the woods are quite bare. Rifles prove to by very effective, since the season is only in three counties and all of which are mountains. Your able to take a longer shot and effectively kill birds out as far as you feel comfortable. Any 22 caliber rifle will do, and some smaller deer calibers. Shoot the middle, base of the neck and you shouldn't waste any meat. Finally got something to hunt with that AR15, .223 !!!