Tactical or not, it's always good practice to carry on your person a good locking folding knife or multitool when venturing out into the outdoors. I make sure I'm never without one, even if I never get very far from a road or my truck.
I was stopped at a roadblock a few years ago in Arizona and since I kind of looked like the suspect that they were looking for they asked me to get out of the vehicle and assume the posistion. When the man with the badge came up to me he asked if I had any of the normal things in my pockets such as guns, knifes, needles, hand gernades, or atom bombs. I didn't know what was going on but I told him that I had 3 or 4 knifes on me along with a couple of guns in the back of the truck. He did a double take and asked where they were? I told him that one or two were in my pockets and two on my belt, a pocket knife, leatherman, a Gerber Gator, and a small multi tool with the guns being in a box in the back of my truck. He couldn't believe it when he frisked me and asked me what I was doing with all these knifes. I told him that since I was going hunting that I had an extra 2 on me at that time.
Needless to say after a half hour of answering questions and them checking me and my passenger out we were free to go back to traveling to our hunting destination at 2am
Were the police officers polite and professional or did they treat you like a criminal? I think we can understand and tolerate the intrusion in our life as you described when the police are professional, but when they treat us like criminals for simple legally carrying a tool then it crosses the line.
They were quite professional about it while treating it like a felony stop and being safe. I was just glad that I did as they said through the whole thing. Once they confirmed that I was who I was and not who they thought I was they told me what was going on and sent me on my way.
It was quite a experience that I don't want to do a second time. The interesting part was that one of the officers even started to BS with us about where we were going hunting along with what we were hunting. I don't know if it was to see if we were who we were suppose to be or not but he actually sounded interested.
Well that is good to hear. You can't fault law enforcement for taking the necessary precautions to be safe. Their job is dangerous and I want them to be careful. I got a speeding ticket a few years back and the cop was so polite and professional that I almost felt like thanking him for giving me the ticket.
Maybe TSA should take a page from these professionals?
I have no problem with cops or game wardens wanting some distance between me and my weapons when they stop or check. Just as long as they don't make me out to be a criminal just because I have a firearm in a vehicle or a folding knife on my person. I've had DOW officer and State Patrol pull in off the road next to my parked truck. Most have been polite and didn't seem scared that I was armed. I just made sure I set the rifle or shotgun down with the action open. Most of the time they were just making their rounds on patrol. I think these guys tend to get a bit on edge if you act like or behave guilty of something. I simply enage them in conversation when they do stop, asking about the area and picking their brain a bit. I've had a couple of wardens that were just plain jerks for no reason. Just abrasive and directing, seemed like a control thing with them or maybe they were just having a bad day. Either way, it's best to keep the situation defused. In the ourdoors or in any wilderness most law enforcement realise that having a knife on you is a normal and smart thing.
I think you will find jerks in all walks of life. Game wardens tend to be, in my limited, experience pretty decent guys and certainly aware that you are most likely armed and legally so if you're hunting.
If you're lucky enough to be on private land and can leave your stand up during the off season you can tie an old piece of cloth or something of the sort to your stand. I like to use an old camo bandana that I have. That way the deer get used to the movement and eventually don't bother even looking up when there is slight movement. This may just give you the time to draw your bow or raise your gun without being detected.