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side arm in the field

Did some scouting last week, and knocked on some doors. I was pretty pleased to get permission on some nice private land, and access to blocked of NF land. Maybe I'll get my first elk.....

Anyway, while I was up there I had a friend ask if I pack a sidearm in the field. I hadn't really thought much on the topic, I know there are mountain lion's in the area I hunt. What do you guys do?

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If I am just scouting then I

If I am just scouting then I will usually pack a sidearm, but it isn't intended for the 4 legged critters but 2 legged ones. Now if it is during the hunt I figure that I am safe with my rifle or bow.

As for mountain lions I have never had a problem with them. I have seen where they have followed a hunter or sat and watched a hunter with nothing happening. Usually when they notice that you have seen them they will leave.

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Great news on securing

Great news on securing permission on the private land. We look forward to the pictures of your elk!

As for sidearm - I carry a 9mm while scouting or hunting. If you decide to carry a sidearm I highly suggest practice shooting it just like your rifle.

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I always scout with my

I always scout with my hunting rifle. It's part of staying in shape, and i'll kill a coyote if I see one. I always have a small game license.

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Sidearm in the

Field can be tricky if you intend to dispatch the Big game you are hunting after you have the animal down!! Archery, do not use!!! Muzzy, has to be Black powder and the right Cal. and weight of bullet. Rifle, has to be the right bullet weight and energy and caliber just to end the hunt if you know what I am saying!!! Pistol has to be at least .24 (6mm) and have 550 ft. pounds at 50 ft. rated by the Manufacturer! Even to dispatch the animal!!!! If just scouting no problem if is not concealed ,unless you have your CC license! Here in Colorado it is a open carry State!!! Good question Aaron

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BleuBijou wrote:

Field can be tricky if you intend to dispatch the Big game you are hunting after you have the animal down!! Archery, do not use!!! Muzzy, has to be Black powder and the right Cal. and weight of bullet. Rifle, has to be the right bullet weight and energy and caliber just to end the hunt if you know what I am saying!!! Pistol has to be at least .24 (6mm) and have 550 ft. pounds at 50 ft. rated by the Manufacturer! Even to dispatch the animal!!!! If just scouting no problem if is not concealed ,unless you have your CC license! Here in Colorado it is a open carry State!!! Good question Aaron

You can't shoot big game with a BP pistol, so I wouldn't even carry one for ML season. BP pistol/revolvers are only legal for small game.

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Still Hunter wrote:

BleuBijou wrote:

Field can be tricky if you intend to dispatch the Big game you are hunting after you have the animal down!! Archery, do not use!!! Muzzy, has to be Black powder and the right Cal. and weight of bullet. Rifle, has to be the right bullet weight and energy and caliber just to end the hunt if you know what I am saying!!! Pistol has to be at least .24 (6mm) and have 550 ft. pounds at 50 ft. rated by the Manufacturer! Even to dispatch the animal!!!! If just scouting no problem if is not concealed ,unless you have your CC license! Here in Colorado it is a open carry State!!! Good question Aaron

You can't shoot big game with a BP pistol, so I wouldn't even carry one for ML season. BP pistol/revolvers are only legal for small game.

Was informed it was legal( Ft. Collins DOW ) Informed not legal ( Denver DOW ) Interpretation of the rules are always trouble when they are not clear!!!! So,,, Got the latest!!! Illegal!!!! Evidently in the DOW Rules that we do not see in the brochure! It states that Muzzleloader must be shot from the shoulder making dispatching animals illegal with a pistol!!! Got 3 calls back and they all said the definitions under Muzzy rifle are at best confusing and not crystal clear! They will address it in the brochure next year!!! We will see!!! Was told I would not of got a ticket for using a pistol to dispatch my animal because of the clarity of the definition !!! So do not use!!!

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when scouting

I typically carry a handgun when I am scouting but don't carry when I am hunting.

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Carry Gun

I carry a concealed handgun off duty no matter where I am, or what I am doing, unless I am at home for the night. Then I may just have it within arm's reach.

Given that I hunt an area where one has to deal with illegal alien smugglers, dope smugglers, and various other felonious critters I usually scout with not only a handgun but a rifle too.

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Like most of the others I

Like most of the others I only carry when I'm scouting or hiking. Glock G29 or Colt Delta in 10mm. If I'm hunting it's just more extra weight that I can do without.

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I generally don't carry a

I generally don't carry a sidearm while scouting, hunting, backpacking or camping.  Once grouse season opens I'll carry a .22 revolver on scouting trips, but I suppose that's technically for hunting.  

Perhaps if I was scouting or hunting in areas where there was a lot of illegal activity and smuggling I'd place a higher priority on protecting myself with a sidearm.  In Colorado, I don't feel the need to carry a sidearm for protection.

And, per BlueBijou's comment.  If you plan on using your sidearm to dispatch a mortally wounded animal it's best to know the regs and be very careful that your sidearm use is legal.

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