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Title: Do you carry a sidearm?
Post by: tmaggie50 on August 21, 2018, 05:39:47 AM
I'll be in North Central Colorado in 7 days for a bow elk hunt. This is not grizzly or wolf country, but there are black bears and mountain lions.


Do you carry a pistol with you on your bow hunts? I have a Texas CHL. Does that allow me to carry in a wilderness area during bow season?
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Post by: Bowhunter65 on August 21, 2018, 05:47:44 AM
I carry a glock 10mm, I use to carry a 44 mag. The glock is lighter and more bullets. it is in comparison to a 41 mag.
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Post by: cohunter14 on August 21, 2018, 07:06:26 AM
I carry as well when bow hunting in Colorado. And to answer your question, yes you can carry as and you don't need your CHL to do so in the woods.
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Post by: jbmartinez03 on October 28, 2018, 01:43:11 PM
I do carry a pistol during bow season. I really don’t feel like having a close encounter with a predator or black bear with only a bow. To my knowledge there are not any grizzlies where I hunt but one should always have protection.
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Post by: YetiFreddie on October 28, 2018, 01:57:35 PM
I bought a S&W Shield 40 subcompact after almost walking into a 350lb black bear who “woofed” at me from 15 feet away during archery. This year I saw a large tom Cougar following the 6 point bull I was hunting down a ridge. I know lots of folks who have had predators on their kills within 30 minutes.
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Post by: krojemann on October 28, 2018, 03:01:58 PM
Depends what State, or more so, which area of which state.  I probably should, but don't feel the need to around black bears.

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Post by: matman on February 01, 2019, 08:23:22 PM
If you feel as though your life is in danger from predator animals then check the state regulations for carrying a sidearm during archery seasons. I personally don’t care about the regulations, if there are predators in the area, and I am concerned, then I carry discreetly behind my bino harness with a Kenai gunfighters holster.


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Post by: 87TT on February 01, 2019, 09:05:38 PM
Carry "Every where" period.
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Post by: strut22 on February 02, 2019, 01:48:16 AM
Hunted Colorado last fall and had 3 sets of eyes approaching our elk kill in the dark. Not sure if it was bears or mt. lions but they wouldn't back down no matter what we did. I believe a few gunshots probably would have scared them off a little bit. I will carry from now on especially with a young kid by my side. Dont want to be caught between mom, the young ones and there next meal without a gun again.
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Post by: Wenzel747 on February 02, 2019, 06:32:03 AM
I always carry. I use .45acp hardball ammo usually in griz country i know its not optimal but if you are using a sidearm its up close and personal plus i have extensive training in pistol craft.
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Post by: hotelhardwood on February 02, 2019, 07:32:42 AM
Be sure to check local regulations regarding resiprosity for concealed carry. Some states allow open carry without a license. For bear protection, consider bear spray by perusing the literature behind it. Also, keep in mind the maker of UDAP turned to designing and manufacturing bear spray after surviving an attack, not into firearms.
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Post by: Elk Arrow on February 02, 2019, 08:10:16 AM
No firearm for me I don’t want the extra weight. If needed I stick to bear spray.
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Post by: PNW Hunter on February 02, 2019, 03:57:53 PM
I carry but it depends on where I am hunting.  In some places just bear spray, others both and some just the 44 mag.  I have had several close encounters with black bears and a cougar or two.


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Post by: Jmcbowhunter82 on February 03, 2019, 02:14:31 PM
I carry a Springfield XD 40. Good performer and reliable
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Post by: Talon on February 03, 2019, 04:55:34 PM
I'll be in North Central Colorado in 7 days for a bow elk hunt. This is not grizzly or wolf country, but there are black bears and mountain lions.

I dont carry a sidearm but I will carry bear spray in grizzly country.



Do you carry a pistol with you on your bow hunts? I have a Texas CHL. Does that allow me to carry in a wilderness area during bow season?
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Post by: cohunter14 on February 03, 2019, 05:16:14 PM

Do you carry a pistol with you on your bow hunts? I have a Texas CHL. Does that allow me to carry in a wilderness area during bow season?

I believe all states vary. I would confirm with the state you plan on hunting.
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Post by: Baileyjk on February 13, 2019, 12:13:39 PM
Definitely check the regs for the public land you are hunting, but most places you can carry whatever you want, however you want without a permit.
My main concern is at night around camp or when an animal is down. 
If hunting solo during archery and camping in the backcountry, I usually carry a small frame .357.  Theres no telling what you'll run into (human or animal). Plus you can load some bird shot if the regs allow for small game hunting. 
If hunting with others, I usually like to shed the extra weight and assume there's strength in numbers.
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Post by: kykid33 on February 18, 2019, 07:04:30 PM
I find myself trying to decide between the risk of not carrying and the added weight if I do. Been going out west for the past 10 years and thankfully I haven't ever threatened even though I've encountered Black Bears and Lions. I usually defer to letting the fresh sign dictate what I do. 
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Post by: nels1009 on February 19, 2019, 12:29:26 PM
I carry a .40 cal springfield xdm anytime I'm out in the woods. I've had too many run ins with predators and like a little backup on my hip.
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Post by: Tecumseh on March 30, 2019, 05:28:47 PM
River Alaskan loaded with 300 gr cast bullets.
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Post by: Rdub on March 31, 2019, 01:53:40 PM
Hunted in Colorado for many years and never felt the need to carry a sidearm even deep in the wilderness areas. Always thought it was just extra weight to pack. More worried about two legged varmits than cats or bears. Do carry bear spray for just in case.
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Post by: WW on April 01, 2019, 07:17:10 AM
I used to laugh at guys that packed a side arm while hunting in Colorado. But after working at a National Forest campground for several years and seeing some of the shady characters that go there, I won't leave home without one!
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Post by: Sweetmeat on April 23, 2019, 06:22:17 AM
Hunt Backcountry Podcast EP 121 is about grizzly defense, and it has some pretty interesting information on defense calibers and penetration.  Might be worth a listen... 


After a scary encounter in the dark one morning, I carry a side arm every time I leave camp.  I never want to feel, "Damnit, I knew i should have brought that gun" again.  haha
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Post by: Okieelk on April 27, 2019, 02:40:35 PM
Carried a Glock 9MM with me last year as I was planning on solo hunting. The added weight was a hassle. I had the pistol attached to my pack belt, so every time I would take off my pack it would pull down on the waist straps. If I go with another person this year I will likely leave the pistol in the truck


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Post by: jstephens61 on April 27, 2019, 05:07:45 PM
Cleaned the 1911 today for the trip to Wyoming. A .45 ACP makes a nice hole in anything.
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Post by: Elktag on June 03, 2019, 03:50:34 PM
I carry a .44 Mag in a Lobo Tactical Sportsmen thigh holster. I love the holster. It doesn’t interfere with my backpack hip belt at all and it is very comfortable. I’d rather have a pistol and never need it than need it just one time and not have it.
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Post by: ozzy on June 12, 2019, 09:37:17 AM
I would if I could... In Canada, pistols are "restricted" firearms and can only be carried and used at specially licensed gun ranges. If I could, I'd carry a Glock 10mm.
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Post by: cohunter14 on June 12, 2019, 11:02:46 AM
I would if I could... In Canada, pistols are "restricted" firearms and can only be carried and used at specially licensed gun ranges. If I could, I'd carry a Glock 10mm.



Wow, that's crazy. I hadn't ever heard that.
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Post by: Fullabull on June 12, 2019, 09:18:13 PM
If I hunt Washington I don't carry. If I hunt Idaho where there are no Griz, I carry my Kimber micro nine just to scare wolves if they get close.
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Post by: BuckyHunter13 on June 12, 2019, 09:39:44 PM
I never have, never felt the need. Still don't, really, but going solo this year I will.


Last year was pretty exciting, and that was without the camping I'm doing this year.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKN3woYWRgw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKN3woYWRgw)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e-Cvgjg5XE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e-Cvgjg5XE) (not that a 9mm would do much in a moose situation...)
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Post by: westbound on September 28, 2019, 11:56:29 AM
If you are hunting in grizzly country you should carry. Don’t rely on bear spray alone. Bear spray is good in certain situations but if the bear surprises you then it’s to late for bear spray. Carry a postal, know how to use it and make sure you have ammo designed for a bear.  There have been 4 attacks in 10 days on hunters in Montana.
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Post by: Bareassassin on September 30, 2019, 02:03:34 PM
Started hunting a few years ago and never go out without one. Oregon has so many mt. Lions that no longer fear people it was an easy decision, especially since I'm not going deep in the Backcountry.
Done a lot of homework and If you are in grizz country a high capacity 10mm is the way to go. Glock (not a Glock guy at all) there's also a double stack 1911 from Rock island maybe in 10mm.
A big bear walked up on us during lunch one time and my pack/gun was not in arms reach. So I have it, with rf and wind checker on a separate, under the pack rig.
While attacked people naturally go to fetal position and this is still accessible. This was diy but modeled after a kenai. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190930/14e1ab021816c93aeda0178929f2d24c.jpg)

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Post by: westbound on September 30, 2019, 06:19:59 PM
I think the ammo you are shooting is just as important. My friend shot the grizzly 4 times in the face/neck area with a 45 long colt While it was chewing on his foot.  So maybe 12” from the end of the gun.   The bear lived. I think maybe wrong choice of ammo.   
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Post by: Bareassassin on October 01, 2019, 01:16:35 AM
I think the ammo you are shooting is just as important. My friend shot the grizzly 4 times in the face/neck area with a 45 long colt While it was chewing on his foot.  So maybe 12” from the end of the gun.   The bear lived. I think maybe wrong choice of ammo.
Whoa!

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Post by: WW on October 01, 2019, 12:00:38 PM
That's a pretty cool contraption you have strapped on Bareassissin! Might be OK for a rifle hunter but I'd be concerned about getting my bow string hung up on all that stuff. Then again, if you are a rifle hunter, why would you need a hand gun in the first place.
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Post by: Bareassassin on October 01, 2019, 01:43:21 PM
That's a pretty cool contraption you have strapped on Bareassissin! Might be OK for a rifle hunter but I'd be concerned about getting my bow string hung up on all that stuff. Then again, if you are a rifle hunter, why would you need a hand gun in the first place.
If have too many more years without success I may pick up a Rifle. But I've started off with the goal a roosevelt with a bow, dumb move haha.
 No string interference, not really that close. I was surprised at the clearance. My ata is 33" and something would have to be high up on my shoulder strap to be in the way, like a radio or bladder mouthpiece.
I kept fussing with my gun on my pack belt and felt like if something ever did happen it'd be when my gun isn't accessible, Murphy's law. So now it's always accessible. I take my pack off I've still got rf, diaphragm, wind checker and sidearm.
I recently bucked my binos over top of the gun so you can't really see it.
This was a project a project that casually took 9 months or so. Stained/sealed the leather, firmed the kydex, ect. But it's all modular and I can swap a new shell on it for a different gun.
I'm cheap and enjoy making things so there are options out there to purchase.
Long story long, if you carry, chest is the best, no string interference if centered or right of.


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Post by: ‘Ike’ on October 12, 2019, 09:21:14 PM
No, no reason to so far...Some areas of AK or WY, maybe!