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February 13, 2007

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Discussion Topic: Should Bowhunters Carry Guns?

From the Billings Gazette:

[Wyoming] Bowhunters would be allowed to carry firearms for self-defense during archery-only hunting seasons if legislation unanimously endorsed by a House committee Friday becomes law. The bill now moves to the full House; it already has been approved by the Senate.

Bowhunters currently are prohibited from carrying firearms during special hunting sessions.

Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, is sponsoring the legislation. He said allowing bowhunters to carry firearms is consistent with an individual's constitutional right to bear arms.

"I sorta think we should write laws that conform to the Constitution," Case said.

What do you think? Is this a good idea or does it open the door to increased poaching?

Comments

DLEET

WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT OURSELVES WHILE TRACKING WOUNDED GAME, ESSPECIALLY AT NIGHT. AS FOR POACHERS...THEY'LL DO IT ANYWAY. WOLVES ARE GETTING OUT OF HAND IN SOME AREAS, AND I'D LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SHOOT A GUN AT A PACK OF HUNGRY WOLVES NOT AN ARROW.

Canadian Bacon

i think this would be a great idea. poachers are going to poach, that is a fact deal with it. in canada hunting reg's have become stupid! there is no such thing a permit to carry a concealed weapon. this is all thanks to 20 years of liberals. Stand up america don't kill hunting like canada did.

CB

Canadian Bacon

P.S

In Canada u can't carry a hand gun or hunt with one

CB

rrhyne56

The law will not hinder the lawless, that is the whole point. if a poacher is going to poach they'll poach.

Let honest folks protect themselves. They will obey the law, that's why they are called honest.

Chris H.

Mike Diehl, I don't use the .22, I carry a .44 Mag and those shot shells definitely work on anything close enough to need it, snake, dog, etc. My .22 is an auto and the .22 shot shells will not cycle and probably are not good for the gun. I would imagine a .22 shot shell would work on a snake at the range you'd be using it, just use a revolver.

Chris H.

Hey Steve, have you ever seen a rabid dog or coyote? What if you did? Have you ever been treated for rabies? Have fun! I'll carry my side arm everytime, but I'll only pull it out in bow season if I really need it. Like I said before I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. If I don't need it what is the harm in having in on my hip?

Mike Diehl

Thanks Chris. I am also pretty sure they won't cycle in an automatic, but fortunately I have a Ruger singsix that I have been tempted to carry when my job puts me "in the field" doing surveys.

I've walked up my share of rattlesnakes, and most of the time I can go around. But on two occasions I had no choice but to go-around possibly within strike range. Fortunately the snakes were on both occassions satisfied to buzz and threaten, but not to close the distance.

Britton White

You know this is a touchy subject with anyone. Most people hate bowhunters because we have an early advantage to deer hunting, my response....bowhunt morons, it's fun relaxing, and plus it ain't how far you shoot it, it's how close it gets to you. Anyways, I sometimes pack a pistol when I go into the woods bowhunting, but I only do it on my own land. Why....coyotes of course. I either pack a 22 mag or a 357 mag. I don't poach and despise those that do. Really it don't matter to me either way.

Bob

I basically read every post and no one pointed this out. There is a huge difference in the hole a broadhead tipped arrow makes when perforating a critter that cannot be duplicated with a bullet. If a poacher kills something with a bullet and tries to "cover" the hole by sticking an arrow in it, any CO who is able to breath and have his/her heart beat at the same time will know the difference.

zach

matt mallery has lost his mind.for those of us who hunt and manage our own land, armidillos root up the greenfeilds you plant for deer and turkey.

Dave

Pack it, if You feel the need to do so. Damn the laws and all the Liberals who feel They have a better solution. Enough Said?




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