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    In Minnesota, you may not carry any firearm while bowhunting for deer, for any reason, thats a game law violation.

    See the MN Hunting & Trapping Regulations:

    Handguns:
    "Persons age 18 or older may carry a handgun in the woods and
    fields or upon waters to hunt or target shoot. Persons under age 18
    may carry handguns for hunting if in the actual presence or under the
    direct supervision of the person’s parent or guardian, and if they meet
    firearms safety requirements (see page 20). A person may not
    possess a firearm while bowhunting for deer. A person may take bear,
    elk and moose by archery while in possession of a firearm."

    The “Concealed carry or permit to carry” provisions apply to certain
    hunting activities. Persons with a permit under this law generally
    may carry their handguns uncased and loaded while hunting, and
    while traveling to or from hunting locations by motor vehicle under
    the hunting firearms transportation laws. However, possession of the
    handgun while 'shining' or while hunting deer by archery would still
    subject the possessor to the provisions of these laws.



    Four years ago, 8 deer hunters were shot in Wisconsin over a deer hunting dispute in the field. Six of the hunters were killed by a Hmong named Chai Vang. The shooter was sniping these Wisconsin hunters with an SKS from a distance as help was trying to arrive to the first hunter that was shot.

    A handgun would not have helped these hunters at all.

    Chai Vang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rcher View Post
    .... Four years ago, 8 deer hunters were shot in Wisconsin over a deer hunting dispute in the field. Six of the hunters were killed by a Hmong named Chai Vang. The shooter was sniping these Wisconsin hunters with an SKS from a distance as help was trying to arrive to the first hunter that was shot.

    A handgun would not have helped these hunters at all.

    Chai Vang - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Just to clarify, the dead and wounded hunters were on ATV's , WI law absolutely forbids any firearm in or on any motor driven vehicle, UNLESS that firearm is unloaded, (including magazine) and in a case "designed for it and either tied or latched so as to prevent ready access." I'm paraphrasing here, but that's the gist of the Law. That law is rigidly enforced. Fine, seizure of firearm AND vehicle is VERY possible and not uncommon!

    I have been on hand when hunters were arrested and charged for leaning their rifle against a vehicle while they got the case out to put the firearm in. $4000 fine, loss of vehicle, firearm and ten year suspension of hunting, trapping and fishing privileges.

    In the Vang Murders, it was lunch time, the hunters were 'scouting' the area on their ATV's as they headed back to their hunting cabin. there was only one rifle among the 6 and it was legally empty and securely encased.

    Two people were Murdered and another severely wounded in the time it took to get the firearm uncased, loaded and one return shot fired (missed) before that Hunter was shot a second time by Vang.


    The Murders all occurred on private, posted property and began when one of the owners told Vang to get out of the family's tree stand and off their property, Vang walked off about 50 yards, turned and began shooting.

    My information comes from friends in the area and conversation with Deputies who investigated as well as newspaper accounts.

    Handguns would have been useless, not because of short range, I've taken many a WI whitetail at 50-100 yards with my SBH. Rather because any handguns would have been required to be unloaded and encased (not holstered, securely cased, same as rifles or shotguns).

    WI is a very Authoritarian, socialist (progressive) state with the plethora of rules, fines and fees usually associated with such.

    Major part of the reasons, that led me at 70 to leave my home state and move to where I'm at now. Self defense is extremely limited in WI and at my age I'm starting to look like a potential victim to some types.

    Rather a different story here on the Western Slope in Colorado.

    Probably has something to do with the bulge under my vest or the .44 on my hip!

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    Mostly because I hunt with a handgun... Scoped T/C Contender in .44 Rem Mag
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    Wasningt hunting regs.
    http://wdfw.wa.gov/wlm/game/hunter/huntregs2008.pdf

    See page 67 about carrying a pistol while using Muzzleloader and Bow. you will need to download pdf on regs.

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    Not legal on the north side of the 49th parallel.

    Although I would like to. While grouse hunting a few years back my buddy and I were surrounded by a pack of wolves. We saw six, but there were probably more. I had my over under and he had his side by side. If the SHTF even with the quickest reloads in the world, the math wouldn't have worked out well. Thank God they dispersed with a couple of spray of #4.
    CCW permit holder for Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maine and New Hampshire. I can carry in your country but not my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Although I would like to. While grouse hunting a few years back my buddy and I were surrounded by a pack of wolves. We saw six, but there were probably more. I had my over under and he had his side by side. If the SHTF even with the quickest reloads in the world, the math wouldn't have worked out well. Thank God they dispersed with a couple of spray of #4.
    Are you allowed a pump-action? Seems like a good idea if you are.
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    Gotta be plugged to hold two only.
    CCW permit holder for Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maine and New Hampshire. I can carry in your country but not my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GunnyBunny View Post
    Gotta be plugged to hold two only.
    Ugh.
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    I carry my glock 22 in a Blackhawk serpra tactical drop leg holster when I go deer hunting, always wanted to shoot a deer with my pistol, but tonight I have a whole new appreciation for carrying my pistol.

    It was about 1445 hours todays date, I just parked my truck and got my pack and rifle out of the truck and started to walk into the property to the stand I decided to hunt. I was approximately one hundred yards into the field when I seen something move on the other side, I pulled up my binoculars and low and behold I was staring at a mountain lion walking past the stand that I was going to hunt at twenty yards. I took my rifle off of my shoulder and as I was pulling up to take a shot the mountain lion slipped into the brush about thirty yards behind my stand.

    I was shaken up to say the least, and am still shaken up a bit over it now. what got me the worst about the situation was yesterday morning I was sitting on a log right below that tree stand.

    Now, I will be carrying anytime I go onto this place no matter what i'm hunting or what method i'm hunting with.
    Give me my guns and my right to keep and bear arms, and they can keep their change.

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    Glock 27.

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    Allways have my 7 shot alum. .22mag on my side. Good for a final if needed, good for signaling that I am lost (never admit it), and its so light and sweet why not carry one.
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    Oh yeah, I carry all the time and especially when I hunt. My Glock 29 just has loads that can finish the animal off instead ;)
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    Five inch Vaquero 45LC. Used it to dispatch a deer last year. It's also very reassuring to have when the coyote packs come sniffing around camp just to see if we left anything good to eat out.

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