You’ve likely considered how you would defend yourself from a dog (see Self-defense against dogs), but unless you do a lot of hiking or camping you may not have considered what you would do for defense against wild animals and the legality of shooting an animal. Like all other gun laws, the laws surrounding use of a firearm against a wild animal vary from state to state.
Do you carry a handgun when you hike or hunt?
What are the laws in your state about shooting a wild animal in self-defense?
Find out more about your state laws on our Reciprocity Map.