Rage Debate - Fire arms carrying while fly fishing

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Jason Hoffman, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Let me preface my reply with the obvious facts, I like guns. I have a lot of guns. I reload for fun. I have more shit than I will ever use when it comes to guns.

    But...

    I never carry when I go fishing. First of all I fish lakes 99.9 percent of the time. The wildest beast I've encountered was a snake (non-venomous). I doubt a bear, wolf, cougar, or other predator will attack me where I fish. I don't leave my car where tweakers have been known to frequent. I try really hard to avoid trouble. IF someone wanted my stuff, take it, I have more. Leave me and my truck, I'll even give you my cash, not my cards. Problems solved. No need to carry.

    I don't go to places I think I need to carry. But if I have to I carry...45cal, 230grains, spot frickin' on aim. No questions asked.
     
  2. G-spot4u

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    I hear you. I would say, worry about what's in their heads first, pockets second. You meet someone in the wild; they are armed or don't look right. What's the first thing you do? It's not draw a weapon, it's figure out their intentions. That's what makes this thread interesting.

     
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  3. Chris Johnson

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    The thought never crossed my mind until I read it on this site.
     
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    DanielOcean Steelhead Virgin

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    I usually am always carrying. However, if I want to kill someone quick, I just have my wife nag them to death.
     
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  6. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Sorry, no story-telling. My life is just that: Mine. "Brandishing" could be as simple as telling/threatening someone that you have a gun. It can also be displaying a gun in-hand/threatening without legal/legitimate justification to do so. To further clarify, as per WA State law, the mere act of carrying a holstered handgun in open carry DOES NOT constitute brandishing. Gotta go . . . I have flies to tie. And yes, even tho I'm in my house & it's light outside, there will be a means to defend myself at hand, should that become a reality. I'm a survivor; 66-years on earth aren't enough for me. I wish you well.
     
  7. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Did you ever shoot at somebody. It's a weird feeling. When I was a lot younger I was told by a cop how to do just that. If you shoot somebody, shoot to kill. That way all bases are covered. I was lucky that I missed him. No more problems after that. It scared the shit out of myself.

    I thought that I was protecting my ex-wife at the time. It didn't work as she went right back the SOB.
     
  8. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Appears that you were doubly-lucky, Jim.
     
  9. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Forgot one, Mr. Spot (and this is my #1):

    1) I may again someday be a targeted victim/prey, but I won't be a defenseless targeted victim/prey, aka "Personal Protection." You apparently missed the key point.

    My choice, my right.

    Now, back to tying leeches . . .
     
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  10. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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    It's none of my business what you do as long as you're within the law. I expect the same consideration.
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Not being one to get into these type discussions as a general rule, I say carry want you want... many of us do, it's our constitutional right.
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    That's priceless. Thank you. I like this popping in with a quick thought between leeches. Personal protection... got it. I'm in favor.

     
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    I have guns. I have never felt the need to carry a firearm while fly fishing, gear fishing, fishing from a boat on a lake or river or while bank fishing. I try to keep my pack lite and easy. I dont feel the need to pack a gun around while beating bush all day long. I am not worried about animal attacks or crazy people. I dont worry about much.
    I dont have a 'i need my gun to survive today' plan that some of you endure.
    Each his own.
     
  14. Mark Kulikov

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    Jason, as to your question if its ever reasonable to carry while flyfishing, I believe yes. I fish on one river well known for an abundance of rattlesnake. I carry and load accordingly. The other local rivers I fish are known for an abundance of grizzly bear. Encounters in NW Montana are not that uncommon. I carry spray #1 and my gun loaded accordingly. I've seen a few of the fuzzy buddys while fishing but nothing close enough that necessitated defensive measures, yet, which is fine with me. Wise: To have and not need. Foolish: To need and not have. Not exactly rocket science. Insofar as evil human encounters "while flyfishing" I've not found that to be much of an issue in this area.

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  15. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    I don't know if it is "reasonable" or not but it is your right for sure. Personally I've always thought that if I was going to carry a gun I had better be willing to kill someone, and I am just not.
     
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