Jonesee, you're absolutely doing the right thing. As I started to read this thread, I assumed you had a CHP and was kind of surprised at what you posted. Since you don't have the permit, I think it's quite obvious you're doing what's right for you. You're following the law, pure and simple.
When I carry in the woods, I'm not pretending or trying to be someone I'm not. But I also have the permit, so here in NC I'm doing what's right for me, AND I'm following the law, as are you.
Season's starting. Good hunting!
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