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return to carcass

One scenario we discussed is returning to a carcass while in the packing out process. Has anyone come back to find an animal - bear, lion, coyote or otherwise at the site? No wolves here in CO, but I'm sure they could be a real problem in other spots.

I figure vigilance and a high powered rifle would still be enough if I ran into this situation.

 

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I have packed out a lot of

I have packed out a lot of meat here in Colorado and I have never had any problems with bears, cats, or coyotes. Your problem with a handgun there would be that it would be unlikely that you would have a tag for the bear or cat, so legally you could not shoot it.

My suggestion if you are worried about something like this is to pack some bear spray.

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Not to say packing pepper

Not to say packing pepper spray isn't a good idea.  But, isn't it legal to shoot a bear or lion if you are protecting yourself?

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Yes, it would be but just

Yes, it would be but just because a bear or lion is feating on your pile of elk or deer meat doesn't fall into that category. You would also have to prove to the warden that you were protecting yourself and not just trying to shoot the animal.

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While bowhunting

I do pack a sidearm. This year a 44 mag loaded with 305 gr HSM Bear loads . It's not for dispatching wounded animals I may shoot with my bow. Only for the one in a million chance I could run into a bear, lion, or human, with ill intent intent. If one of those extremelly rare encounters ever happened I want everything at my disposal I can fight for my life with. If rifle hunting I dont pack a pistol, to much unneeded weight, unless predator calling in bear country. I wouldn't want to depend on a 22 cal rifle to save my hide from a bear. If packing out, just hiking, or scouting, I'm  most definitely packing a sidearm if not the rifle.

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