Hunting, Concealed Carry and Preparing for Layers

The past few weeks I have been out in the woods of Colorado, hunting. I’ve been pursuing elk and now black bear. When out in the field pursuing bear, there are times you get into some pretty tight spots. Sometimes you may be crawling through, or sitting near thick brush or shrubs. These are the key areas where bears may be.

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The view from our hiding spot in the brush.
The view from our hiding spot in the brush.

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I’m sharing this with you because I want to talk about concealed carry. I carry my sidearm on the hunt, but it’s a little different than the type of carry than we often discuss. Or is it?

When I’m hunting, I don’t necessarily carry concealed because I’m out in the woods, and there’s nobody to hide my firearm from, and since I have a rifle, they already know I’m armed. So, open carry it is.

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This time of year it gets pretty chilly out. Therefore, you pack on a lot of layers. Just like every other day, we have to practice drawing our firearm. This time of year that means from beneath the layers. When I’m maneuvering through brush or tight situations in the woods, I make sure that my jacket and other layers aren’t binding or hindering my holster or my ability to get to it.

I’m sharing this is a reminder for you. Like it or not, fall is on its way. That means cooler temperatures, more layers. Which actually can help in concealing your carry gun, but also add to the bulk of clothing you have to burrow through to draw your weapon in a sticky situation.

Always think of where you’re carrying your firearm how you’re going to access it, and just like in these bear tunnels in the oak brush, you might be in a very tight situation. Actually, you probably will be in a very tight situation, if you find the need to draw your firearm. If you’re not, then your better option is probably to find a way out of there.

It’s time get out your layers and holsters. Start dry-firing or head to the range and practice that draw. Cheers to you from the woods! Be safe out there.

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