Missouri recently passed a law that, if you have a valid Conceal Carry Permit, you can carry while archery hunting which was previously illegal to do. Of course you can't shoot at deer with it, but after all, you are bow hunting. I like being now covered since, like I'm sure many of you, my son and I go into areas where a firearm could save your life. Dangerous animals aren't the only threat either. Hunting public land, the most dangerous critter out there walks on two legs. My son and I once came upon a guy berating a man in a wheel chair for hunting with a crossbow. He was threatoning to beat the man to a pulp and take his xbow and wheelchair and leave him helpless in the woods. My son and I quickly put a stop to that, without the need of a firearm, but it goes to show the idiot low life's that walk among us. However while sleeping on a gravel bar, during a float trip, a firearm did come into play. My brother-in-law and I were just dozing off when a boat pulled up quietly. A man got out and started rumaging through our gear. The sound of a 12 ga being pumped sent him down river mighty fast. Another time, while walking a creek fishing, my son and his friend came upon some guys with guns who warned them away from the area and not too politely either. They'd either gotten too close to a pot crop or a Meth lab and could have easily just came up missing dropped down one of the many abandoned wells in the area!
My main point is that many look at the outdoors as a peaceful and safe place to be. It very well can be, but it can also be as dangerous as any dark alley, in a bad neighborhood, of a crime ridden city if you traspe around unprepared and unaware. Like the old saying, better to have and not need than to need and not have.
Also, it's nice to think that they realise that if you are responsible enough to have a Conceal Carry Permit then you should be concidered responsible enough to carry while pursuing a sport where a firearm could easily become needed.
Edited by Spirithawk, 17 October 2011 - 07:59 PM.