No worries invisible Man.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.
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.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.
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)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.