I have a question, do you carry sidearm when hunting in Co.?
I grew up in CO and was a CO resident for 52 years and hunted all over the state. I have never carried a sidearm while hunting and have never understood why anyone would. Just more weight to lug around. If you are worried about bears and cougars, I have seen lots of both in the state and every one I saw was putting distance between me and it. They are not dangerous. Besides if you can't protect yourself with your rifle then what makes you think you can with a pistol?
Just my 2 cents worth. Feel free to disagree if you wish.