Do you carry a side arm?

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Do you carry a side arm?

YES
3
23%
NO
8
62%
Only when tracking a hit bear
2
15%
 
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby Singing Bridge » Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:31 am

No sidearm, last year just my bow and a can of "bear spray" if I remember to take it.
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby PredatorTC » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:15 pm

I would just run like a little school girl and scream with my hands in the air! :D :lol: :lol:
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby Zap » Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:55 pm

I would if I had the opportunity.
Not sure I would charge a griz, though.

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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby PLB » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:15 pm

No I hunt black bears, not grizzlies :lol: Never gave it much thought, even baiting in the pitch dark before work and hearing them growling or running them off the bait! Or running them off the bait and the sow goes one way and the cubs go the other! I could go on and on! :lol: Maybe I should start :shock: My brother and his buddy did last year! They was packin some heat! :lol:
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby WiBowhuntress » Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:13 am

I always carry a sidearm when bear hunting. Unfortunately I'm not very good with it and would probably have to shove it down a bears throat to hit it if I were attacked! :shock:

Seriously though...I always carry one (if I am bowhunting bear of course)because you never know - when baiting, there always seems to be sows and cubs coming in and I don't like the odds if I'm just carrying a bow. I don't want to take a chance on my way in and out.
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby lungbuster » Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:27 am

No, you just gotta be faster than the guy you're with! :lol:
I never have, my Dad did the first year he bowhunted bears, but I didn't see any reason for it. (he has bad knees , so I know I could outrun him! :lol: :lol: :mrgreen: )
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby Hilts » Thu Apr 01, 2010 9:13 am

I always carry one one, but not so much for the bears as the other critters in the big woods ;)

I have only pulled it once with intentions of using it. Never pulled the trigger though. The bear stopped its charge about 10 feet from me and did a 180.
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:10 pm

Hilt's first comment is spot on.
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby AC Rider » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:29 am

I voted "no" but I should have voted "sometimes" because I have when my daughter has been with me. Not that I think anything will happen but because if it did and something happened to her, I'd never be able to live with myself. A good bear spray is more affective though.
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby Schultzy » Fri Apr 02, 2010 8:18 am

Nope
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby Mike Foss » Mon Apr 05, 2010 1:26 am

In the past I have carried a hand gun. I always carry bear spray when in the woods, even when im deer hunting in December, scared to death of those wolves.
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby magicman54494 » Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:27 am

Mike Foss wrote:In the past I have carried a hand gun. I always carry bear spray when in the woods, even when im deer hunting in December, scared to death of those wolves.


The first wolves I ever saw were within 10 miles of you. Right on the north edge of the national forest. There were 4 of them. one was white 2 were the typical gray color and one was black. The black one was spooky looking!
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby dan » Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:36 am

The 1st time I ever heard a wolf howl I was in the north woods of Wisconsin near Drumond. It was after dark and me and Dan Jr were coming out of the woods in thick cover from a bear stand. They howled close and all around us and seemed to be flanking us.
I remember Jr looking up at me with big eyes and asking, "Do wolves eat people?"
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Re: Do you carry a side arm?

Unread postby Dewey » Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:46 am

I had a pack of wolves follow me out of the woods when I was late season bowhunting in Vilas County near Boulder Junction and Escanaba Lake.
All I had was my bow and I was alone at the time. All I kept thinking was since that it was late season I sure hope they have been well fed. :shock: Luckily back then the deer population was very high up there so the had plenty to eat. When I hunt alone I really should carry a side arm in some areas but never really think about it.


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