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Hiking with a firearm

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by IlikeSA, May 31, 2011.

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  1. IlikeSA

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    Some friends of mine and I were chatting yesterday about firearms, hiking, and the general outdoors, and one of my friends was super surprised that I carry a pistol while hiking. It made me think, if he, who also enjoys the outdoors, was that surprised, what would the surprise be if he were on the trail?

    So, here are the questions: if you were hiking, and assuming it was legal, would you:

    a: be utterly shocked to see someone else open carrying on the trail?
    b: treat this hiker any different from the last guy you passed?


    The next question deals with those in Fish & Wildlife. Would there be an adverse LE reaction to someone carrying a long gun while hiking, especially not during hunting season?
     
  2. Nushif

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    I'd not be surprised at all, especially not with a long arm involved.

    But then ... I'm no LE type.
     
  3. Navin R. Johnson

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    No big deal for me. I prefer to see someone else armed.

    The long gun is a bit weird (more for hunting then personal defense) but I still wouldn't think much of it.
     
  4. NavyLCDR

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    a. No, not shocked at all.
    b. Why would you treat them any differently?
     
  5. Ignition Override

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    Before I first began reading about gun issues a few years ago-for the first time-I might have asked the guy whether there was any hunting in the area. If this is far from any towns or cities, maybe it would seem normal.

    Anybody in a TN state park might risk a fine or worse (confiscation), if somebody squeals and rangers spot you or your car. I've never been on any very remote, distant trails more than two miles from parking, but would not risk confiscation of a gun or a fine.

    Have only heard about one specific state park (Chickasaw), just east of Bolivar in west TN where there is a small spot for rifle shooting, not requiring any hiking, with lots of fallen timber in a hilly spot.
    A friend on his atv discovered this very narrow area.
     
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  6. kingpin008

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    If you're looking for an accurate representation of whether the general public would be taken aback at the sight of a person OC'ing on a hiking trail, you might want to ask somewhere other than a pro-firearms message board...:D
     
  7. armoredman

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    Not really, unless I had accidentally stumbled onto a drug mule convoy - then there might be an issue...
    I think a long gun that can be carried easily is a definite plus in the backwoods, but I am in the minority mostly. A good handgun is a must, in my view.
     
  8. IlikeSA

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    I figuired such, but then we are rather rare in the overall scheme of things. What I consider "normal" vs what others consider normal are two different things. I personally wouldn't blink an eye at a pistol, but I have never seen anyone carry a long gun while hiking.

    I have considered carrying a rifle or shotgun here though, because I do not have a pistol/revolver I feel with enough oomph for the area. I just wanted some opinions, or experiences. Have any of you ever hiked with a long arm or seen others hiking with a long arm?
     
  9. FourTeeFive

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    Open carry is pretty common when hiking. I think nothing of it.
     
  10. Onward Allusion

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    Depending on the State, I may or may not be surprised. When passing, I would do as I always would - keep an eye out and say "hey there..."

    Reminds me of this past weekend... Wife and I went hiked off to a part of the park that was closed off to vehicle traffic (but not hikers). It was completely dead (on Memorial Day weekend!). I guess people just assumed that it was closed. About half way into it, it occurred to me that I was violating my own set of "S rules" (stupid places)... Felt a bit better that I was armed.
     
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    What the other hikers don't see can't hurt them.
     
  12. Shadow 7D

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    Um, most won't notice, you could walk past them with a slung rifle

    Mr and Mrs. Oblivious will **Assume** you slung your HIKING POLE, after all, why would someone have a gun, now it's any easy piece of trail so putting your poles up **Makes Sense**

    Never underestimate the power of people seeing what THEY EXPECT
     
  13. Ignition Override

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    Have never noticed others with a gun, but have seldom been on trails outside our large county recreation areas (Shelby Farms and Wolf River Conserv.) in this city.

    All I will say is that it is easy to believe that laws allow it;), when they often do not, at least in state parks.
    As to whether they are actually enforced might be difficult to determine, and could easily depend on the area and who sees/reports (?) a possible firearm.

    Who knows....would a ranger tell you one thing on the phone, but in person act in a different way?
    Would two rangers do their jobs differently?
     
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  14. Cosmoline

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    It's pretty common around here to see people hiking or even jogging armed. There's usually a spike in carrying right after a local mauling. I carry a Mosin-Nagant or a Winchester Big Bore most of the time. It seems like everytime I just carry the short gun, I run into bears.
     
  15. Ignition Override

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    Cosmoline:
    If you know where to read about the guy who stepped out of his car for a 'leak', and barely stopped a charging grizzly with four rds. from his Enfield #5, could you post it or send a pm?
     
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    most of the guys i hike TN trails with carry guns. none OC
     
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    I think you're talking about the incident in the NWT involving the rare hybrid polar-griz. The interaction between northward-moving griz and landward-moving polars means this may become a new species. Offspring are not infertile, apparently. A critter with the carnivorous taste of a polar but the ferocity of a barren ground griz is food for thought.

    http://www.fieldandstream.com/photo...ly-second-generation-polar-bear?cmpid=enews06

    Personally I've worked up a bear load for the Mosins using 215 grain Woodleigh SP's that I'm hoping will do the trick in a pinch. But most of the interactions around here are with black bear so I mostly just carry the rifle for exercise.
     
  18. Carne Frio

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    Out in the woods here, unarmed, marks you as a weirdo.
     
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    No. Like cosmoline said its pretty common up here to see hikers with guns.
     
  20. TheCol.U.S.M.C.

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    yep see it all the time but I live in Arizona no big deal here
     
  21. hermannr

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    WA state specifically provides for carrying a handgun (OC or CC, no permit required) for self protection while recreating.

    However, I would be very careful about carrying a long gun if you did not have a hunting license. F&W have some very funny rules: like you can carry a loaded handgun in a vehicle with a CPL for self defence, but you cannot carry a loaded longgun in a vehicle unless you have a special disabled hunting license. The CPL is just that, that is the "P" means pistol.

    As soon as you get into a long gun, you are playing with F&W instead of normal law...

    I don't know what state you are in, but.....Before you carry (OC or CC) any type of longgun when hiking I would very carefully read the F&W regs,,,Arrested for "poaching" is very ugly, and they will take and keep you longgun.
     
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    I've hiked with a cut down NEF 12ga. Then again, I haven't reached the magic handgun carry age, so it's my only choice if I want to be armed. I'm sure a handgun would be more practical, but I've never had any trouble with the shotgun.
     
  23. montanaoffroader

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    a: No

    b: No

    Lots of people around here carry firearms when outdoors. No one worries about it too much.
     
  24. Leanwolf

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    Here in Idaho, it is not at all unusual to see people out in the mountains, or in the back country carrying firearms. Whether hunting or not, a lot of people carry openly or concealed.

    No one seems to pay much attention.

    L.W.
     
  25. hermannr

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    KVA47. Your age might work as a good defence. "I'm sorry F&W officer, I am legally entitled to defend myself, but I am not old enough for a CPL..that is why I have a loaded longgun in the woods without a hunting license."

    I think that would work...even though it is a false premiss. You can carry, even CC (but you cannot obtain a CPL) a handgun when you are under 21 in WA. However, only when when you are recreating, and when you are traveling to and from where you will/have been recreating.

    You might want to read RCW 9.41.060 (8), then read RCW 9.41.042...B careful you do not trample on RCW 77 (F&W)
     
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