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I always carry a pistol with my NYS permit, hunting or otherwise. My experiance over the years has been that the ECO's I have dealt with, have no issues with you carrying a reasonable personal defense handgun, with a legal concealed carry permit, while bowhunting. Usually they are more interested with my Bear T/D & cedar arrows, than the little S&W .38 on my hip.
(My Ruger .44mag may be looked at differently though?)

There is a fine line between Hunting, & Sitting there looking Stupid...

May The Great Spirit Guide Your Arrows..... Happy Hunting!!!

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David McLendon
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I had a Ruger Alaskan in .454 Casull. .454 is not fun to shoot period but a 2.5" barrel is ridiculous. I got rid of it and replaced it with a 629. I do recommend Garrett Cartridges ammo for your bear deterrent, I also carry their 540gr Hammerheads in my 45-70.

Lefties are the only ones who hold the bow in the right hand, and my fletching is about as left-wing as I get.

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Legal here in Texas. I carry a gun anyways after getting a knife pulled on me as I was leaving a restaurant. It's part of my hunting kit as well. Never know what you'll run into. A friend of mine found a man, with arms and legs bound behind him, hung from a tree.
I have a couple of guns I switch between depending on what I feel like.

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mark Willoughby
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Never leave the house without it ..... for anything ! To many crazy people out there these days

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If you want something you've never had , you must be willing to do something you've never done ,... Thomas Jefferson

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Ron LaClair
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One of these is usually with me most times. Top- down, .44mag, .357, .357, .38 special

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I almost always have a S&W 642 in my front pocket regardless of what else I am carrying.

Most days there is a 1911 or Glock on my hip as well.

There is usually an M4 in my truck.

When I am hunting I MIGHT change that up to a heavy revolver, but usually not. I am not carrying as protection against 4 legged creatures. It's the 2 legged type I look out for.

"I think wolves would find me stringy, of high cholesterol, with an Irish whiskey aftertaste" What the heck is an Arrow Canoe?

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Never carry a pistol while bowhunting. And I've never needed one. I encounter a lot of black bears each year, at close range (last year I could've poked a sow and 2 cubs with my bow, and this season I saw 8 bears in one afternoon on the same hillside). And we rarely see a puma, but know they are here from their sign.
Part of being a woodsman is understanding animal behavior, and with bears most situations can be peacefully de-escalated with the proper body language and reactions.

If I was in grizzly country I'd carry bear spray. I did like what Mike Mitten said in one of those recent podcasts, something to the effect of "...if I needed to I could hunt with my handgun and I can't hunt with bear spray..." That is a good point. But he is talking about long trips in big wilderness and survival.

From the perspective of personal safety I think a handgun could be more of a liability than protection in a lot of situations. You pull a gun out on a cartel grow site around here and you're gonna disappear. You try to shoot a bear and just injure it, and you might provoke an attack that was never going to happen.

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