Reminds me of a funny story…
Once, I was hiking and fly fishing in the Gila Wilderness for several days alone. You can go for days without even hearing another human being, but you will hear and often see wolves, mountain lions, bears, and what not. It’s not a good place to wander around alone and unarmed. NM is an open carry state.
On day 3, I run across an older man with a couple teenagers who were backpacking in the opposite direction I was heading. As we passed on the trail, he asked, “Why do you need to carry that gun?” I answered, “Predators.” He stopped…now he had to turn around to continue the conversation…and said, “That thing’s useless against bears!” I stopped, turned around to face him, smiled and said, “Yessir. I know that. But I’m not carrying it just for bears; and if I shoot you in the leg I don’t have to outrun the bear – just you.” His kids laughed. I laughed. He didn’t laugh. And we all went on our merry way. Several people like that dude die in the Gila every year. What he didn’t know was that what he thought was a 45 pistol was a 10mm. A 10mm loaded with FMJ is a good choice for the black bears, gray wolves, and mountain lions of the Gila Wilderness if you don’t want to carry a long gun. I was there to fish and my Rem 870 SPS gets in the way.
If it’s legal, I usually open carry while hiking, fishing, camping, etc. That’s the only person who has ever acted funny, much less said anything, because of it. But it has DETERRED a few encounters that I did not want to have. There are a few other good stories about those adventures.