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Old 09-17-2012, 01:44 PM
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:45 PM
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:16 PM
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I would suspect so but you better call the DNR direct. I would find out if this is a probabtion violation as well... the crossbow that is.\
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:16 PM
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Crossbow is not considered a firearm so yes you can.
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:17 PM
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Yes but what about if your friend has a firearm? hmmm
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:18 PM
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Crossbows and regular archery equipment are not "firearms" under federal law or Georgia law.
So it's not a violation of those laws for a felon to possess them or use them for hunting.

But, if you're still on PAROLE or PROBATION, or even out on BAIL or BOND on a serious charge, it might be a violation of the conditions of those things to possess any weapon. And I would say YES, a crossbow is a "weapon" even if you only intend to use it as sports equipment.

P.S. nobody cares if felons use non-firearms for hunting with friends and the friends have firearms. That's not illegal. I doubt its a condition of probation or parole either-- "don't associate with people who possess guns."
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:53 PM
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Nope - Have to use rocks!
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Old 09-17-2012, 02:56 PM
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As far as I know, it is legal. I had a close friend that was convicted of a felony and his jail sentence was delayed through Christmas. He was allowed to hunt with a crossbow.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:00 PM
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I don't know about Georgia but in Tennessee ,I think you can hunt with a muzzle loader as well.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:04 PM
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They won't let me bring it in the bank with me, but they'll let me climb a tree with it.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:21 PM
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Do you really want to take legal advice from strangers on an internet forum ???

If someone is a felon he/she knows to how to contact their probation officer with this question.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:24 PM
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Yup. I have a friend that hunts with a bow. He said he was told by probation officer that as long as it wasn't a firearm (gun) he was good.

But he was also told that he needed to be careful who he was with. If he was in vehicle with someone with firearm, they(law enforcement) could make it hard on him if they so desire. Not saying anything could be done. They may try to prove he was in possesion of it.
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Do you really want to take legal advice from strangers on an internet forum ???

If someone is a felon he/she knows to how to contact their probation officer with this question.
Indeed.
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Btter not be caught with it in your vehicle. You know the police can say or do "whatever" the want. Just be careful.
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Yes a felon down the road from me hunts with his gun.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:55 PM
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I would err on the side of caution and ask the PO. My neighbor has a friend that is now a felon because he gave him a few of his prescription valium. They threw the book at him, and he is no longer able to hunt even with the crossbow to the best of my knowledge.
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See page 17 of the current regulations.
"Convicted felons may not possess any firearm (including primitive weapons) while hunting unless the individual's right to carry has been restored. This does not apply to archery equipment."
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:57 PM
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I am a state probation officer Special conditions in some circuits use to say you can not be in possession of a fire arm. But Special conditions now states you can not be in possession of a dangerous weapon if the person that has a felony conviction is on probation/parole they should talk with his/her PO for authorization. Even though the state regs say felon can hunt with archery I would ask the PO just to make sure.

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