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    Default Hand guns in the bush

    Do any of you carry a hand gun in the bush for protection? (wild dogs rabid animals) If so what is a good one to have?
    Thanks Brian
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    I carry 24/7 unless I have to go to a school, federal building, or somewhere else that doesn’t allow it. But that’s concealed carry.

    When I’m out in the woods for anything I usually have a full size sidearm. For me it’s principal. I have a lot of good honest hardworking friends that their state doesn’t allow “constitutional carry.” In originally from Maine and now am able to carry from VT right up through to Maine. Love it.


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    And just realized there was more to the question. I’d bring what you’re comfortable working with and shooting. A full size is nice for shooting but more cumbersome to carry. A concealed carry gun is better to carry but not as comfortable to shoot.


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    -Goal: 3 gallons
    -Season Total: 7.5 gallons - pulled taps after running out of firewood and time
    -Fear: Becoming a member of MT.com and getting bit

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    I donít take a firearm into my woods unless Iím hunting. Never saw the need.
    Now a brush cutter, axe, or machete? That is another story.

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    *preparing to dodge bullets* I guess it depends where you live both in terms of country and how dense a bush you're getting into.

    Up here in Canada, carrying guns around is basically only done by law enforcement, hunters and recreational shooters. You have to be pretty **** careful if you're a gun owner. Only time I've ever seen someone haul a handgun into the bush, they were on their own property shooting on their own little redneck range.
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    2014 - 18 taps/6 trees, 407l sap, 19l syrup
    2015 - 18 taps/6 trees, 424l sap and 20.75l syrup
    2016 - 18 taps/6 trees..701l sap, 24l syrup
    2017 - 17 taps/6 trees...474l sap, 15.75l syrup
    2018 - 17 taps/7 trees...819l sap, approx 28l syrup
    2019 - 18 taps/8 trees...585l sap, 28l syrup...21:1 ratio

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    i always carry. semi auto .45 or 38 revolver with impact tips. we have large populations here, you never know when youll run into someone on drugs or growing them.

    also black bears and coyotes, never know when one will turn on you especially with babies on them.
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    I always do when I'm out in the woods. Never know who or what you might run into. My side arm in the woods is a Ruger gp100 .357. enough stopping power if a bear decides to get frisky and easy enough to shoot.
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    a couple of years ago I had a coyote follow me around while tapping. this happened two days that year. he just stand a there and watch me go from tap to tap .so now I carry 45 with me. but he never got closer than 300 feet. now he has two more in his pack and I never see them any more. I think now he just needed a friend.
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    I never carry in the woods unless I am hunting. I realize each area is different, but I find it hard to imagine needing a firearm for protection in a sugar bush. I guess if your in an urban area I could imagine it, but in rural USA not really. The only bears in sugar producing states are black and they rarely ever attack. Coyotes almost never attack humans and 99.9% of all animals keep their distance from humans. Humans are the biggest threat and that is low in a sugar bush. I doubt there are many if any records of people being attacked while working a sugar bush. If it makes you feel safe then I say carry whatever you want, but for me I see no need to add anymore weight to what I am already packing. I have hunted and hiked all over the US and the only place I ever felt I should be cognoscente of animal threads was in the western mountains with grizzlys and lions.
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    I only carry when a black bear or coyote has been seen in the area recently. Buckeye, you might want to check the statistics, the last I heard there are more black bear attacks than grizzlies and brown bears annually, especially when you come onto them by surprise or sows with cubs and during breeding season. Make lots of noise and you will rarely see a bear.
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