Archery hunters allowed to carry firearms (WITH CCW)

invisible man

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Sorry longbow. I don’t mean to be so harsh about it. I just feel very strongly about it .we hunt small pieces of property in SoCal and it’s not about gun control it’s about self-control, and so many hunters don’t have that and you hear stories of people setting up 50 yards from somebody else’s tree stand and they would be fighting and arguing and somebody would get shot and it would just be more of a mess then it is and make us all look worse then we already do to the antis who already hold all the cards.
 

longbowhunter2

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Sorry longbow. I don’t mean to be so harsh about it. I just feel very strongly about it .we hunt small pieces of property in SoCal and it’s not about gun control it’s about self-control, and so many hunters don’t have that and you hear stories of people setting up 50 yards from somebody else’s tree stand and they would be fighting and arguing and somebody would get shot and it would just be more of a mess then it is and make us all look worse then we already do to the antis who already hold all the cards.
No worries invisible Man.
I know there are idiots out there.
To your point, something like that could happen..
 

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Yea, stupid law. poachers don't follow regs regardless of whats in them, just Hunters do.

Just hunt coyote, disarm yourself and regear at a waypoint, and start deer hunting. You can always come back for your coyote gear.

If you are doing area specific hunts I could see it, they are more like golf courses and you are more likely to get chased by a grazing cow. Any predators in those areas would of already been depreded for attacking the live stock so no need to carry.
 
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I vote no to fireaams with a archery only tag. I hunt in and close to the most mountain lion infested areas of SoCal. Other then trail cam pics I have never seen or had a problem while hunting. I spend a good amount of time in the dark on the same trails as the cats. Some times I get images on my phone with in minutes of being on the same spot where a cat walked by. They know your coming, they know your there, and they will get out of your way.
The only way to get a shot off in that fight is to walk with your pistol drawn, and hammer pulled back, no thanks!!! If you have the chance to ID him, draw you pistol, aim and fire then you were not being attacked and could have ran him off with intimidation tactics. Stay home if You are scared.
I know, just my opinion.
The argument that a handgun would be useless if you get attack by an animal (in this case a lion) is nonsense. It is like saying.."hey man if a lion attacks,you are already dead so why bother" Are you kidding me? You fight that lion with everything you got and if you had a pistol you pull the trigger the best you can. At least you gave yourself a chance. Perhaps the sound of the shot alone gets the lion of your back.

Stay home if you are scared? What an insult. Why are you scared of hunters carrying a side arm?

There is nothing wrong with a bow hunter wanting to take extra precautions. But then again some people valued their life more than others.
 
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invisible man

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It’s not that I’m scared of getting shot myself. I just think archery only tag should be left archery only. I think if you want to carry a gun for your protection while bow hunting then you should be bow hunting with a general season tag. I might be wrong but I believe you can bow hunt with the general season tag and still carry a handgun and be totally legal as long as you’re not in archery only areas.
 

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It’s not that I’m scared of getting shot myself. I just think archery only tag should be left archery only. I think if you want to carry a gun for your protection while bow hunting then you should be bow hunting with a general season tag. I might be wrong but I believe you can bow hunt with the general season tag and still carry a handgun and be totally legal as long as you’re not in archery only areas.
Well now, that's an interesting grey area. I wonder if it's allowed... (Not that I care because during general season I'm using my rifle)
 

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RE: Being scared.

Personally... I like pushing my boundaries of what I'm comfortable with. Most of you guys have probably been doing this all soo long you've possibly forgotten what you felt like in the beginning when you first started going out Solo. If so, hey, cool for you. I hope to get there one day.

I had a Bobcat get too damn close to me before and I did NOT hear him approaching. It startled me when I saw him soo close, and that weirded me out. It demonstrated for me and made it very apparent that no, you're probably *not* going to hear them approach. It showed me my limitations.

Ever since then... I make sure I always have a sidearm on me in the field. Usually it's in my rt side hipbelt zippered pocket. And if I leave the pack...at all.. I then transfer it into my rt hand pants pocket with pocket holster on it. It's a lil 1911 .380 that I carry it "Cocked-and-Locked". But that's only when I'm in country with no bears and just MtnLions. When there are bears, .357 Mag center-chest rig is always on me.

You can talk all the isht you want... but like the saying goes "A man's got to know his limitations.". I know my limitations, and there are quite a few of them. So I wanna stack the odds in my favor any possible way I can. That doesn't make me scared, that makes me wise. So you know what you can do with deez.
 

longbowhunter2

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My thoughts is this.
When a person gets overconfident.
In any situation, work, casual hike,
Shopping. Situations happen.
A crazy fox with rabies can ruin your day. One in a million you say.
People disappear all the time in the woods. And it's a mystery why.
 

ivhunter

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If I could carry I would, since the law says I can't I will abide. On my rookie year of deer hunting I heard that a lion was in the area I was going to hunt. Since I couldn't carry I had like 3 knives with me...kinda funny now but it calmed my nerves at the time. Now i'm down to my belt knife but that I always carry anyways.
 

TheGDog

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If there are deer there... there are things which eat deer there. Things besides just You and me.
 
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HATCHET1

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Still wont do the frightened archery deer hunter any good from his fear of el gato as this new rule does not apply to him....poor fella gonna get ate!