Slingshot can't be used for hunting

I have recently modified my wrist rocket into an arrow-propelling device and shoot with 9/16-inch speargun rubber. It's about as strong as my 75# bow and I would like to try it out on big game.

Only problem is, I don't know the rules or regulations or if there even are any. Anything you could tell me?

— Nick S., via email submission

Slingshots, modified or not, cannot be used to shoot at any game species under Oregon hunting laws, so you're out of luck when it comes to trying your contraption during deer season, Nick.

However, Oregon State Police Lt. David Gifford says there are still some hunting avenues open to you and your invention.

You can use it while hunting for unprotected wildlife or nongame wildlife.

Animals such as rock doves, Eurasian collared doves, ground squirrels and starlings all fall under those categories, Gifford says. Silver-gray squirrels, however, do not, he says.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to We're sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering them all.

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