The Lajnah ad-Da’imah was asked the following question:
Q: I enjoy hunting, but it is mentioned in the book of (Mukhtasar Al-Fatawa Al-Misriyyah), p. 520, that it is impermissible to eat from birds or animals which are hunted using guns unless they are first slaughtered. Please clarify this matter for me as I can only approach my prey after it dies. Moreover, what is the ruling on the meat of such animals or birds that I have already eaten? Please provide us with your beneficial answer. May Allah reward you with the best.
A: If a person shoots an animal or a bird using a gun while mentioning the Name of Allah upon doing so, and they are able to reach that animal or bird while it is still alive; it will be Wajib (obligatory) for them to slaughter it. However, if the animal or the bird dies before it can be reached; its meat will be considered Halal (lawful).
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.
AbdulFattaah Bin Uthman