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Hiking with your personal weapon

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by reinerbs, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. being an avid hiker and living in northern california i have a lot of trails to choose from, but i've been googleing for a while now and still haven't found any clarification on if i'm allowed to carry during my hikes.
    i know there's a thing about carrying in national forests, but any info you all may have will be of great interest.
     
  2. BK63

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    It's kind of a grey area where I live that if you are in state forrest with a handgun it's evidence that you are hunting. In my state the only handgun you can legally hunt with is 22 and I don't carry a 22 when I'm hiking so I'm not too concerned about them accusing me of hunting with a 45. A lot of our state forrests have trails that a lot of people like to walk with their dogs. I also like to walk in the winter months when I can for exercise as I don't get much exercise in the winter. Some of these people are very irresponsible with their dogs and let them run loose and they are not supposed to. Some dogs are friendly and harmless and some like the pair of Rotweilers I encountered one day can easily kill you. I can't really give you advice on what to do legally or not, but if you are hiking in the woods some place, and need it and don't have it, you are going to be in deep doo doo. Just something to think about.
     

  3. rich e

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    Kinda like the saying...I'd rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.....or....You can get out of jail but can't get out of the grave...

    I'm not recommending anyone break the law,but concealed means concealed
     
  4. rollem

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    I live in Norcal also. Well not as northern as you. I know they just passed a law about carrying in national parks. I know if its like 100yrds of the road you can shoot. so why would carrying be different. As for concealing I would stay away from. I sure it is strait illegal here in cali. But if they dont know they just dont know..lol.. Your call on that one. I'm gonna look up some info cause Im curious aswell. Where I live in the bay area and where I hike I dont dare to carry. Theres alot of gun haters and I dont want to get into it with them. But I do carry a nice knife...


    In a nutshell:

    You can carry a loaded handgun EVERYWHERE so long as it is not a prohibited area or prohibited way to carry the handgun. You can do this because you are not prevented from carrying a handgun/firearm. Only restricted as to the PLACE and METHOD and/or LOADED STATUS when that handgun/firearm is carried.

    Prohibited areas are:

    School zones
    INcorporated areas
    Restricted areas
    National or State PARKS
    Government buildings
    Highways and roads
    Inside a vehicle
    NO GUNS or HUNTING posted areas of private property
    Private property in areas which are open to public access (such as common areas of multi-dwelling residential property)

    Prohibited methods of carry

    ANYTHING which conceals the handgun is prohibited (except locked container to/from car/range/etc**)
    ANY other method of carry except in a visible belt holster.



    I do most of my shooting in the wild. We drive to a desolate area pull off on a oldfire road go a mile or so set up camp and bang. So if your hiking in a similar loocation outside of a incorparated area than it should be o.k.
     
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  5. Zombie Steve

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    Man, I love Colorado more and more with every CA thread I read...


    :cool:





    I suppose if I was there, I'd call the park service, the ranger's office... whatever. They will tell you the deal. Heck, if you're worried about it, have them email or fax you the rules and carry them with you.
     
  6. kshutt

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    Steve,

    If you love Colorado, you'd love Oklahoma. We're a lot more conservative than Colorado. There's absolutely no way I could live in CA, and I don't even want to visit there. Too many libs and gun haters for me. :cool:
     
  7. rollem

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    Not all... There's pockets of cool people..
     
  8. DaveCharlie09

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    I live in Vermont so I always carry while Hiking. You never know what could happen out in the Wilderness, always be prepared.:wavey:
     
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  9. Ak.Hiker

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    I agree. We visited 2 years ago and found the locals to be very nice.
     
  10. azatrox

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    G20 when I hike here in Az.
     
  11. J. Parker

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    California provided me a living for twenty years in the SF bay area. Can't complain about that. There's just to many people in California plain and simple. Moved to WA ST in '92 and love it.
     
  12. CanyonMan

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  13. GVFlyer

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    Damn CanyonMan, I from a little South of you in Texas and your pictures are making me homesick.

    This is the rig I take into the woods.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. CanyonMan

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    Man, another won't post senerio???

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  16. GVFlyer

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    Nice looking rigs - I like the spurs, too.

    I bet you're a Lucchese boot man, right?
     
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  18. GVFlyer

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    That's a nice area of Oklahoma. We're from East of Waco - presently far from it.
     
  19. CanyonMan

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    Yeh, your a looong way from this part of Okla. And your right, this is nice. In fact I think it is the greatest part of the state. Well, take care of that hogleg, and stay safe out there... ;)


    Good shooting



    CanyonMan