Randy, my remote camping days are over. I’m an RV’er now, but my answer is still YES. I always carry, even when RV’ing. Caveat: I have a NC CC permit, and the campgrounds I go to allow permit holders to carry. I’m an options guy, and it’s good to have options.
lol depends on where, in my state … SOME areas (on the east half of the state) I wouldn’t risk “unauthorized” range time even in the woods…
Yes, I carry while camping. I also carry my Kukri blade and I tie my food and garbage at least 15 feet in the air.
Yes I would carry camping. I bought a Ruger GP100 .357 6" stainless for that very purpose…and 2 speed loaders to boot. I figure that covers anything…like lions and tigers and bears…OH MY!!!
Depends on where you are going, for how long, what season, mode of transportation, company, local laws/regs… What’s the right tool for the job? Do you know how many handgun rounds a full grown brown bear or bison can take while still closing distance to you at 30mph? There are lighter weight and more effective skills that help you avoid confrontation in the wild without a gun. That said, then take what you have trained with prejudice and makes sense for the mission.
For sure I would. Obviously it depends on where and how you’re camping but even then just carry. Because if you don’t, you’ll wind up looking like you’re from my neck of the woods with the movie Wrong Turn becoming a reality and wishing you had something
Funny movie I saw it.
I know its not camping per say, but it is definitely related to this thread. No matter where you are, stay prepared and stay alert. Thank god the boy is ok physically.
I live in interior Alaska. Carrying weapons on camping and hiking trips is not only common but recommended. Heavy caliber handguns and shotguns are recommended. Top of the food chain is sometimes in dispute, and 2- legged predators can occasionally be a problem.
Doug, i like the comment “top of the food chain is sometimes in dispute”…i want to take my mrs to Ak, on my bucket list, and fish for a few days. I caught a big salmon on the Kenai, years ago, was a rush! Loved Soldotna!!!
Glad you had a good time. I’m originally from Pennsylvania but now have lived in Alaska almost as long as I did in PA.
NOT Specifically camping, but I live in a very rural area. The last month has been very dry, ground just crunchy. Larger animals, Elk, cougars, bears coming down out of the hills looking for food and water.
Withing the last week there have been 3 separate/different cougars within a one mile radius of my place. We know this by their killing patterns. One rancher lost 3 sheep in 2 weeks, another two one sheep each the last 10 days. Everyone carrying arms when surveying their property. Also had 3 bears come down within a mile and a couple miles up the road a herd of maybe 25 large Elk are scavenging fields for food.