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    does anybody carry a sidearm on sheep hunt.

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    I always carry sidearm. especially when bow hunting. I try to carry one if i'm remote hunting solo with rifle! I can draw a revolver alot faster than a rifle. The best thing about a sidearm is that it is always on you when you are skinning, and or packing game meat back out...K

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    No.

    The experienced hunters I know, seldom if ever, carry a sidearm. It not only adds several pounds to the total load, it is a much inferior weapon to a hunting rifle.

    Carring a handgun when bowhunting is actually a poor backup. Better to take along a buddy who carries the rifle.

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    Not any more...too much weight, I think my Casull weighs 54 oz.

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    Always carry a backup pistol. Someone stated they carry while bowhunting. Here in AZ, it's illegal to carry a firearm during a bowhunt... guess they want us getting eaten by bears and lions.

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    As most sheephunting takes place above treeline, I personally find it unneccessary to carry a sidearm. Any bear encounter will likely come with ample warning, as you can see long distances in sheep country. To each their own, I suppose, but I don't want the extra weight while sheep hunting. I don't carry one while doing any other hunting either, assuming I'm not bowhunting.

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    Talking hey KRS...

    so...uhh...how many archers are actually eaten by bears and lions every year??? sounds pretty dangerous (grin)
    btw, i don't carry a sidearm exept when i'm mushing...and that's for moose.
    but i make a point of being able to reach my rifle all the time, too....
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    Default well, actual numbers are zero

    Bears here are black and smaller than what you might encounter up there. It's the mountain lions that make my hair stand up on my neck.

    Hunters eaten are at zero, but the mountain bikers and hikers have had a few deaths over the last few years.

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    When I am above treeline, I feel safe with just a rifle, awake or asleep.

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