Carrying concealed while hunting

Carrying concealed while hunting

This is a discussion on Carrying concealed while hunting within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Saw this on an archery site I belong to and borrowed it. I hope he does not mind me sharing it with y'all. Exclamation This ...

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    Carrying concealed while hunting

    Saw this on an archery site I belong to and borrowed it. I hope he does not mind me sharing it with y'all.


    Exclamation This is why I carry concealed while bow hunting!

    I took Monday off to hunt my lease. I'm after this very wide mainframe 10 that's been popping up here. I get a txt from Stinkbelly asking if I was ok. Apparently, the workers on the ranch ran into a guy all bloodied up sitting in my truck. Rancher called to see if it was me. Maybe I fell outta tree or something. I got out of the tree and walked back to my truck. I get about 70 yards away and noticed my passenger side door open. I grabbed my "gat", cocked the hammer and hid it behind my back. Then, I see a head pop up and get out of the truck. He comes towards me and I train my weapon center mass and tell him in a "loving way" to get his behind on the ground and keep his hands where I can see them. The guy had androus burns all over his torso and caked blood everywhere from running inthe thickets. I called the sherriffs (he begged me not to becuz he had warrents). I had to remind him a few times while talking to the dispatchers that I'm finna plug him if he kept reaching. Dude was making me nervous. To make a long story short, the po-po's came and cuffed him. He claimed that I beat him up. And he's Hep. A positive! So after a loong interview with tha fuzz, I'm finally back in the tree. Everyone seem amazed on my cool headedness during this ordeal. sherriffs even commented to him that he's lucky I didn't blaze him up. Authorites are looking for the lab even has we speak. Typical Monday....smh

    UPDATE for rancher:

    THe guy was stealing anahydrous ammonia (fertilizers) to cook meth with. THis stuff leaves nasty burns when it contacts skin. When his buddies dropped him off to cook meth, something happened and the freaked out and left him out in the boonies. He had been running thru catus and mesquite thorns all night. That would explain all the bloody scratches and burns on his stomach.

    So, for all of yall who disagrees with bowhunters carrying a pistol, I'll reconsider that position. I'd never thought that something like that would happen in a town of 400 people. And did I mention I bring my 2.5 year old son out there a lot?
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    Barring legal confllict, I would and did always carry while bowhunting.

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    I hunt on my FIL's private ranch and I still carry concealed. Every blue moon or so you get a poacher, and the standing rule there is if you see a poacher, they drop their gun and leave, or we call the warden. One way to get a free deer rifle I guess. I've never considered a fugitive running around. Interesting story.
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    AZ Fish and Game recently amended their policies to allow the carrying of defensive handguns by archery hunters. I think you'd be OK with a big-bore magnum, but not if it's scoped - i.e., there's still some room for interpretation. The recognized threat is primarily from bears and occasionally from mountain lions, but there's always the 2-legged predator to deal with as bps just related.
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    Good gosh! See....you never know what could happen anywhere.

    The laws change so often, hard to keep up with. Thing is, I'm licensed to carry in my state. If I'm hunting private property on regulated game, I can carry legally. Thing is, I don't think I could carry a modern firearm that's allowed for hunting that particular state regulated game during a regular firearms season during a non-modern firearms season or when bow-hunting or black powder only season is open. State land also allows CC on property now, but that comes and goes with the territory and I myself need to check more into the hunting aspects of this. Most of my CC pistols don't meet the requirements for hunting with modern firearms depending on zone or county. If I went into the woods with just my CC pistol and no firearm that met the criteria of hunting for the season, it may be considered prima facia evidence that I was out hunting with an illegal firearm if a game warden was to question. Thing is CC is concealed carry, and when I'm legally carrying, there will be no evidence I'm doing so. If I'm asked a direct question from the game warden as to if I have any weapons on me at the time, I'll have to answer honestly. After that point, we'll determine what happens after that, the legalities, and the interpretations. I would hope it never got to that point. I don't do non-firearms seasons any more. Thing is.....you never know what you'll come across while trekking through open territory. The archery equipment is for the game, and the personal protective device is for the unexpected. Never know. Make sure you're following the local laws, and in the outback there seem to be less to deal with. One thing's for sure, your survival and coming back from a hunting trip demands you be prepared.
    Great post even if it was borrowed. Makes you think a bit more about it.

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    I always carry while hunting.

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    It'll be legal in MO next year.

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    Several states, Arkansas included, have amended their laws to allow the carrying of concealed weapons during hunting season.
    Here, it is perfectly legal to carry your concealed handgun during bow season, duck season,turkey season, deer season and any other season and as long as you dont try to hunt with it the legal requirements for hunting with a handgun do not apply.

    It was changed that way a couple of years ago because of the problems described, meth labs out in the middle of nowhere, where the only "law" present is what you carry with you. Even the game wardens here advise not to go out in the forest unarmed.

    Its a shame that things have gone this way, but thats the way it is.
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    We can't seem to get NC on board with this. Seems they think their no carry during bow and muzzleloader season cuts down on poaching. Like gun control cuts down crime.
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    In Texas, you have to have your CHL to carry during bow season.
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    Colorado you can carry while hunting with no permit but I think its supposed to be openly carried.

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    You know I never even thought that I couldnt carry while hunting. I just assumed a LTC is a LTC aside form the usual prohibitted places. I'm glad this came up, becuase I don't think I would have thought that I possilby couldnt. Anyone know the laws for PA? Is this just for Bow Hunting? Can you carry while hunting with a rifle or shotgun?

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    I have carried every day bow hunting since I got my CPL. Some times I carry while gun hunting, but my semi auto or pump .30'06 is a little more convincing than my 9mm. You can't predict trouble, but you can prepare for it.
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    It's not a bad idea if it's legal... It is not always about the 2 legged predators, especially in my neck of the woods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwalker497 View Post
    You know I never even thought that I couldnt carry while hunting. I just assumed a LTC is a LTC aside form the usual prohibitted places. I'm glad this came up, becuase I don't think I would have thought that I possilby couldnt. Anyone know the laws for PA? Is this just for Bow Hunting? Can you carry while hunting with a rifle or shotgun?
    Apparently there is a new law in effect for PA but I have yet to find it on paper. The new law is supposed to restrict what you can carry with you. New law is "supposed" to be that you may only carry a revolver. But then again, how could they apply that law to someone who holds a LTCF? DCNR shouldn't be able to tell me what I can and cannot carry with me into the woods. Like I said though, I've heard this but I have not seen this on paper yet. Something you may want to bring up with one of your local rangers.
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