View Poll Results: Do you carry a sidearm while hunting with your rifle?

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Thread: Poll for Alaska hunters: do you carry a sidearm while hunting with your rifle?

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    Default Poll for Alaska hunters: do you carry a sidearm while hunting with your rifle?

    When you hunt with your rifle, do you also carry a sidearm? I will confess, that I do, and have used a revolver to finish a moose or two that were still alive and close-by on the ground, but could not stand up. Some other times the sidearm has been a .22-caliber pistol I sometimes use to kill a grouse or two on my way to my campsite.

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    Yes. For the same reasons you stated.
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    Nope... if I've got a rifle, I don't carry a handgun.

    I'm happy if there's one in camp for grouse or ptarmigan but I don't pack one around. I've got enough stuff to keep up with.
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    One firearm is plenty, so for me a side arm is redundant. Along the same line, I only carry one fishing rod when I go to the river.

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    Depends. Generally when hunting moose, sheep, or caribou, no. When hunting bears or hunting Kodiak for goat/deer, then yes, so not sure which one to select.

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    If I can't kill it with my handgun I don't want it so I don't carry a rifle
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    I always carry a side arm with me. I used to believe I didn't need one until one day I was putting a stalk on a moose through some really thick stuff and I was charged by a bear. Rifle got stuck on safety (no longer hunt with that gun) and there was nothing I could do. Brush was almost to thick to even carry a rifle through. Lucky enough it was just a false charge. Still I don't ever want to be that close to a bear again and not have a side arm. As far as having a 22 for camp. I always take a Henry camp 22. Everything fits in the stock and it is pretty light.

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    The only time I carry a "BACK-UP" handgun is if I am hunting with a .22 LR or .22 Magnum.

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    Put me in the sometimes, depends, maybe camp.


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    Sometimes +1
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    Some times I even have 2 hand guns, one on my hip and a 22 in my pack. While many have reasons for yes/no, my main concern is that while field dressing any game, that my rifle is not close enough to grab if an unwanted 'guest' arrives.
    I would rather have a hand gun and not need it, rather then need one and not have it.

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    Sometimes +1. Usually it's either a sidearm or pepper spray. Need to add "Sometime" to the poll.
    Sidearm of choice is a smallish .357 Mag with 180 gr. hardcast bullets.

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    I said "yes" in the poll, but it is not a 100% of the time thing. I frequently have a handgun with me, but not usually strapped on my hip when hunting with a rifle. Often it is in my pack. My intent for the handgun is either as a tool to finish off a wounded animal or, more likely, to have on me when butchering and packing the game meat. When packing multiple loads of meat, I would prefer to not need to carry my rifle back and forth all day. A good chest holster for my handgun frees up my hands/arms for the hike and still provides protection if/when needed, especially when returning to the kill site after taking a load to the boat/camp.

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    I carry my Redhawk when bow hunting. Always. I often have it in the truck with my pack boards and such when Rifle hunting. If I'm packing meat out, I will leave the rifle in the truck when I grab the pack boards and the Redhawk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RayfromAK View Post
    When you hunt with your rifle, do you also carry a sidearm? I will confess, that I do, and have used a revolver to finish a moose or two that were still alive and close-by on the ground, but could not stand up. Some other times the sidearm has been a .22-caliber pistol I sometimes use to kill a grouse or two on my way to my campsite.

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    I have found myself wishing it was o.k. to head shoot a down moose when bow hunting. I have had a few that were down, and never going to get back up, but not dead yet. (I've taken 16 bulls with my bow) I can head shoot them with the bow at point blank, right in the forehead, and the result is similar to a finish shot with a hand gun. But the arrow has to hit just right for that to happen.
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    Only reason for a handgun is to fight your way to your rifle!

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    Default Poll for Alaska hunters: do you carry a sidearm while hunting with your rifle?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny_reb View Post
    Depends. Generally when hunting moose, sheep, or caribou, no. When hunting bears or hunting Kodiak for goat/deer, then yes, so not sure which one to select.
    What he said. I like to have a handgun in my spike shelter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Only reason for a handgun is to fight your way to your rifle!
    Or to use if the bear swipes the rifle from your hands or attacks you while you are cleaning/butchering game while your rifle is propped ten (or too many) feet away, etc. etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redlander View Post
    Or to use if the bear swipes the rifle from your hands or attacks you while you are cleaning/butchering game while your rifle is propped ten (or too many) feet away, etc. etc.
    While doing up an animal I never have my rifle any further than an arms reach away......
    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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    Thanks for the votes and replies. Please keep them coming.

    By the way, here is an example of a rifle malfunction. I don't think that having a sidearm would have helped much since the bear was already dying, but the story still makes me wonder since he could not clear the rifle's chamber:
    http://www.fieldandstream.com/node/1005010648

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