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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #100 on: November 02, 2017, 11:47:59 PM »
I feel pretty safe in the woods with my rifle. Maybe I don't even own a handgun? Seriously it really has never even crossed my mind to carry a handgun when I'm deer or elk hunting. I bring the tools that are needed for the job, and that's it, nothing more. Yes I have a cell phone, which I feel is more beneficial for my safety than a second gun would be. With my phone, I can call 911 if necessary. Or I can text my hunting partner when I hear a shot and find out if he's got an elk down.

But you're right about one thing, I AM old.  :tup:  But not quite decrepit- yet.   8)

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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #101 on: November 03, 2017, 06:04:42 AM »
My handgun is part of my body when hunting, heck, Im carrying it more now when Im not hunting than ever.
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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #102 on: November 03, 2017, 06:06:17 AM »
I carry my 41 whenever I hunt or shed hunt or camp
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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #103 on: November 03, 2017, 06:22:42 AM »
In over 40 years of hunting Don't need it I got a bow in my hand  :IBCOOL:
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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #104 on: November 03, 2017, 06:37:31 AM »
i'm not trying to bash anyone...i'm here to say anyone can do anything they want but i can't think that anyone would say that packing a 2-3 lb pistol would limit them from being able to hunt the way they want..

Sure sounds like you're in an "Us vs. Them" mode on this topic.  I don't think anyone said "I can't hunt with a sidearm strapped by my waist".  People just prefer to go without.  No need to pick sides.  The OP just asked a simple question about what people do, now whether there should be wolves in WA. 

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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #105 on: November 03, 2017, 08:01:46 AM »
I go nowhere without a pistol. No I'm not paranoid but, I would much rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #106 on: November 03, 2017, 08:08:20 AM »
I go nowhere without a pistol. No I'm not paranoid but, I would much rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #107 on: November 03, 2017, 08:15:21 AM »
curious---who doesn't ?
Several people posted they don't.
i'm sure they have but what is there reason for not doing it ?  until i hear a credible reason for not carrying a handgun while hunting all i see are individuals that are limited to defend themselves from either 4 legged  or 2 legged preadators

My reason, which I believe many others stated as well, is just the extra weight was something I don't want to carry. When I've  already got a rifle I don't feel the need for a second gun. I have enough other things to carry as it is- binoculars, rangefinder, cell phone, GPS, etc. Plenty of stuff and I just don't need one more thing that I most likely will never have a use for.
hey if you're that old and decrepid enough to where carrying an extra 2 lbs is gonna stop you from either hunting or packing out an animal that you have shot than i'm glad i know it now rather than when we are in camp together...i've got an idea...how about leaving your cell phone in camp and packing a sidearm so i'm almost guaranteed about getting back safely rather than you being able to post your hunt/pics via face time or what ever the hell they use these days...its almost like the person who posts it quickest on social media wins...if you are that worried about packing a sidearm that weighs a couple pounds is gonna slow you down then thankfully you have never felt the need to use it-until you do

I have much higher odds of needing crutches or a splint to get back to the vehicle because I twisted my ankle in the rocks than I do needing a pistol most of the time. And when I'm rifle hunting, 99.9% of the time I'm carrying a single shot rifle. Oh the horror.


 
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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #108 on: November 03, 2017, 08:17:10 AM »
I will always carry while bow hunting. After shooting a big bear this year during the shot my rest did not drop. As I shot it broke the prongs. ( never had this happen, even shot a dozen times the night before) thankfully the bear was close enough to still have a lethal shot. But let me tell you this blood trailing a big bear with no way to make a follow up shot in thick brush was not fun. I guess my point is I will carry because of the crazy unthinkable events that can happen. You dont know when a curve ball will come your way.

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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #109 on: December 17, 2017, 09:11:51 AM »
Used to carry  .357 MAG dual purpose (Self Defense and Defense Against Critters).  Then I met and old guy at Cabelas while I was looking into a .22 Buckmark and during the conversation this very wise gentleman told me he always carries his .22 Ruger for those times when he comes across a grouse...there's dinner at camp.  Well, needless to say I thought about it and now I carry my .22 Buckmark and, as a matter of fact, got a grouse this season  :IBCOOL:.  And it was delicious.

So, after thinking about it, why would I need a sidearm :dunno:.  My rifle should be able to provide adequate Self Defense / Deterrent and Defense Against critters.  And, my current sidearm "BUCKMARK" provide an alternative outdoor treat.

And yes, I have always had a combo license 8).

Side note...stop striping the breast meat out and tossing the rest.  Leg, thigh, scapula, heart, liver, gizzard, and yes the neck are all good eats (think Cornish Hen) :twocents:.

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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #110 on: December 27, 2017, 09:41:07 AM »
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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #111 on: December 27, 2017, 01:39:40 PM »
I wonder what some guys did before it was legal to pack a handgun while bowhunting or ML hunting?  It hasn't been that long that it's been legal to pack a handgun while archery or muzzleloader hunting.
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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #112 on: December 27, 2017, 01:42:20 PM »
I wonder what some guys did before it was legal to pack a handgun while bowhunting or ML hunting?  It hasn't been that long that it's been legal to pack a handgun while archery or muzzleloader hunting.
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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #113 on: December 27, 2017, 01:43:27 PM »
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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #114 on: December 27, 2017, 01:51:54 PM »
 I bowhunt, and yes I do carry a handgun. A Ruger 357.  I MIGHT have carried before they passed a law that said we could. Also carry when I hunt ducks & upland.

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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #115 on: December 27, 2017, 01:57:49 PM »
I wonder what some guys did before it was legal to pack a handgun while bowhunting or ML hunting?  It hasn't been that long that it's been legal to pack a handgun while archery or muzzleloader hunting.
Only a handful survived to tell their stories.
For muzzy you could carry a muzzy pistol as long as it met the regs. 

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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #116 on: December 27, 2017, 02:10:15 PM »
I wonder what some guys did before it was legal to pack a handgun while bowhunting or ML hunting?  It hasn't been that long that it's been legal to pack a handgun while archery or muzzleloader hunting.
Only a handful survived to tell their stories.
For muzzy you could carry a muzzy pistol as long as it met the regs.

Yeah.  I never did back then and I still don't.  Just never felt like I needed a sidearm.  :dunno:

I did pack my .357 S&W when I hunted the Bob Marshall almost 30 yrs ago.  I did decide it was extra weight that just wasn't necessary though.  I can't remember packing it around on other occasions.  It might have a little bit to do with the law not allowing it in this state, so I just got used to not being able to take it?
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Re: Curious. Who Packs a Handgun While Hunting?
« Reply #117 on: December 27, 2017, 06:12:03 PM »
Always felt comfortable with a 5 round internal mag. This BAR with a 3 rd box mag and not being super easy to load singles is giving me second thoughts on backup tho

 

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