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Old 09-12-2009, 10:09   #9
Ak.Hiker
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Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Homer Alaska
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Folks carry handguns while in the field for many reasons. In the area I live in quite a few do for protection from animals. I have had to run moose off several times when hiking. Once I had to cover three unarmed men that were up in a tree on a popular hiking trail in the fall. They had been chased up the tree by a pissed off bull moose. One of the first things they said to me when I came down the trail was I see you have a gun. Can you cover us while we climb out of the tree. If I was in the field in an area with wild hogs I too would want a lightweight handgun on my hip just in case. If you feel like taking a back up handgun and it is legal in your area than by all means do so.
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