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Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« on: November 26, 2022, 03:03:40 PM »
OK, I know it sound stupid, but I've not found anything that says you can't have your muzzle loader capped and ready to go while your riding a horse, only a motorized vehicle.  And for clarity, I'm not talking about shooting off a horse, just wondering if every time I get off and back on, I need to remove my cap. Anyone else come across any information?
« Last Edit: November 27, 2022, 07:57:58 PM by BR549 »

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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2022, 03:16:31 PM »
A horse is not motorized so you should be able to load up!
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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2022, 03:20:34 PM »
When we ride into the high county we have had rifles loaded while in the scabbard . Never was a problem
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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2022, 03:34:31 PM »
Good way to go for a helluva ride too  :chuckle:

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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2022, 04:31:08 PM »
Lol! Elk don't know how many feet a horse has!

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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2022, 04:42:58 PM »
Lol if you ain't been on a panicked horse ride down a mountain you ain't been riding!

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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2022, 04:50:32 PM »
I know an old fella who used to pack into the blues when they first started planting elk and one time he brought a new mule and he said they were at the top of a bluff and it panicked on them and was trying to pull the string backwards off the ledge so he had to shoot it. He said he unloaded everything off of it afterwards and pushed it over the side of the ledge for the bears.  :dunno: He said it was that or the rest of the string would have been pulled with it and maybe even him. He had other mules so it was not worth it to him.

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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2022, 04:53:57 PM »
I've never really been around mules that much even though my grandad was a mule skinner (cotton fields) and my dad drove the teams, was all before my time

I did grow up on ranch horses doing cow work, so that's my background but been a long time..switched to quads like most every other rancher lol

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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2022, 05:51:31 PM »
We had lots of horses when I was growing up and did a couple of pack trips into the back country every year. Dad always had the model 99 in the scabbard and his pistol on his hip both loaded. When folks would ask him if he could shoot off the back of his horse he always had the same answer - "once".
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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2022, 05:57:36 PM »
We had lots of horses when I was growing up and did a couple of pack trips into the back country every year. Dad always had the model 99 in the scabbard and his pistol on his hip both loaded. When folks would ask him if he could shoot off the back of his horse he always had the same answer - "once".

Funny, a friend out in MT told me the same thing.  "Once"
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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2022, 06:54:47 PM »
Just remember you can shoot off any horse, once.

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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2022, 06:59:33 PM »
Back when we had horses I’d shoot my recurve off the back of Holly, our calm Appaloosa. Gave me a new appreciation for Indians shooting running Buffalo from a galloping bareback mustang!

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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2022, 07:12:53 PM »
A better question may be related to how the horse is going to react if/when you do shoot off of his back.
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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #13 on: November 26, 2022, 08:33:24 PM »
Only if your loaded.
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Re: Can you hunt with a loaded gun while riding a horse?
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2022, 07:15:59 AM »
I don't think he is talking about shooting off the back of one.  There are plenty of horses that will tolerate it but you never know, even if they are trained to it.  It's one thing to do it in an arena, another to make the long walk back to the truck.  Load up your rifle or ML, if you want too.  Personally, I would keep an empty chamber on a rifle but if you want to load it up or cap it, let'r rip. 

 


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