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Carry Sidearms during Archery Season

I'm looking to gather information about which states have wildlife departments that allow archery hunters the right to carry sidearms during an archery hunt. Does your state allow carrying sidearms for personal protection? If so, are the rules restricted to only those individuals who have a current Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit?

Please indicate the state your reporting from, and any specifics about the rules there. Thank you for your contribution and involvement.

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We can't carry any type of firearm in alabama during bow season. I can understand why; but it does leave a person in a vulnerable position with only a bow. Think

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Thanks for the reply bnow0707. Wow, 35 reads, 3 votes and only 1 reply? Brick Wall,)

Man, tough crowd. Is this thing turned on? ...tap....tap....

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I'm guessing most people do not know what their state allows. Even though my husband & sons have bowhunted, they never carried a sidearm. So I decided to check the Colorado DOW website & their printed big game brochure for info and couldn't find anything.

Since you've posted the question, its gotten my curiosity going... so I've written to the DOW and hopefully will get a response. As soon as I hear back, will post it here.

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Carry Sidearms during Archery Season

In Florida we are prohibited from possessing firearms while hunting in an "Archery only" season or area.

I voted no.
I believe that the risk to personal safety is one of the components to a "Primitive Weapons" hunt.

But then we dont have alot of dangerous critters roaming around here !! lol

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Thought you all might find this article interesting. There were many other stories of similar nature on the Web, but the links have since been removed or are inactive. Check it out.

http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=3738145

AZThunder

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Its a problem here in Colorado as well. If you innocently stumble upon one of these "farms" you're in big trouble. Most post "guards" and are not afraid to shoot.

http://www.summitdaily.com/article/20050805/NEWS/50805011

http://www.newwest.net/index.php/city/article/2855/

There are many more articles. Just do a Google search, you'll find its a problem throughout the western states.

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Not just limited to western states. The county has a spot that they burn the plants when they find them. They have a helicopter that they spot it with and then send in the DEA agents to pull it out.

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You can carry a sidearm in WI while bowhunting.

My brother was charged by a bear while we were out scouting a few months ago. For that reason I carry a .357 when I hunt that land now. Although it really doesn't matter if its legal or not. I'd be carrying one anyway. Thumbs up

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AZThunder, I heard back from the Colorado DOW today.

Yes, its legal to carry a sidearm in Colorado during any hunting season, including archery season. It must be for self protection, and if not concealed, you do not need a concealed weapons permit. I'm assuming if you do have a permit, then concealment would not be a problem.

Hope that helps some...

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Illegal to carry firearms during archery only season in TN.

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