I recently came across a Shafi'ie fatwa that says it is haraam to hunt with a firearm!
Ibn Hajar al-Haytami was asked regarding using guns which use gunpowder and fire, and he stated that it is unlawful to use such for hunting. (al-Fatawa al-Kubra al-Fiqhiyyah v. 4, p. 250) In Tuhfat al-Muhtaj, he also mentioned that it is unlawful. (v. 9, p. 329)My question is for Shafi'ie users on this forum, why does your madhhab forbid using firearms for hunting and what is the rationale for this?In conclusion, the Shafi’i School does not permit using a firearm for hunting
Also, the Prophet [sallallaahu alaihi wasallam] permitted hunting and eating animals by saying the name of Allaah and then releasing the hunting dogs, or saying the name of Allaah and then shooting your arrow to kill the animal. Firearms are basically just a modern version of the bow and arrow, so how could it be haraam to hunt with them?!