Most hunter don't care to use a rifle even if it is legal, safty reasons for one reason, you can shoot farther that you can see clearly, and you may miss seeing a hunter in full camo. The biggest reason most don't like rifles is because of Hunting Ethics that's why most hunters won't shoot a bird over 40 yards, yes you can, but most won't. Myself I would like to try and take one with a rifle, but the only rifle I'd be using would be a 32 or 36 cal. muzzleloader with open sights, your short range effectiveness would make it a lot more fun and a lot safer, but it is a safty issue anyway you look at it.
WI Youth & LTH Mentor
Dodge Co. NWTF