Is someone allowed to carry a sidearm in Colorado during a scouting trip without any hunting licenses? Is it legal to have a sidearm with a red dot scope? Appreciate any insight you can give since we leave for Colorado in about a week. Thanks!
Your allowed to carry a sidearm at anytime in colorado as long as its visable.(inside a vehicle might be different i'm not sure) Some designated campsites and parks wont allow them but your fine in national forest and BLM public lands. The red dot sight is fine as long as its not on your bow or muzzleloader during the appropriate season. This is straight from the rules and regs check for yourself at the dow site.
Not sure if Colorado is the same but in Utah you are not allowed to have a centerfire or rimfire firearm in your possession, in your car, or in your camp during an archery or muzzleloader season. Only exceptions are if you have a concealed permit or if you have another in season permit, such as grouse or something similar. If you are outside of an archery or muzzleloader season meaning you're in a centerfire season or there is no season at all then it's ok.
Understanding wind currents and thermals in hilly, broken terrain can often be incredibly frustrating. I've found that collecting and storing milkweed seed pods during the late summer has made me a better hunter in the bluff country that I hunt. These little feather like seed dispersers will float on the lightest of air currents and will show you what the wind is not only doing right at you're location but more importantly down range. I like to use the off season to float them...