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.
One of the best ways to scout your hunting area is to look for signs that mature animals leave behind. Wallows, scrapes, rubs and areas littered with tracks are great evidence that game are using your area. But why not look for the single piece of evidence that you are hunting for when fall rolls around anyway... antlers. Game animals in the family cervidae shed their antlers annually. Why not use these unique souvenirs as a way of helping you fill your tag next fall?
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