I've always heard from this forum and from hunting friends that carrying a sidearm while bear hunting with a rifle was completely unneccessary. I always hear about the "weight" issue, or a rifle will do the job better than a revolver...so "why carry both?" I've started to leave my sidearm at home while rifle hunting for bear, or anything else for that matter. In light of the recent bear mauling, where Lynn's rifle was knocked away from him after being jumped on by mama griz, I've changed my thinking back to the way I used to think...I'm going to carry both my pistol and my rifle while out in the woods. It may sound like overkill, but if Lynn had an accessible pistol, would it have made a difference, in life or death that is? Of course we are taking his hunting partner out of the equation. For those of you who thought that 2 weapons in the field was completely unneccessary, are you going to give thought on rethinking your positions now???