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Carrying Pistol during Bow Season #7295033 09/23/18 05:56 PM
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I think that it may not be legal but I wanted to check with members on this site. Is it legal to carry a pistol during archery season if you are the land owner? I am not a CHL holder. I was wanting to carry a pistol with me to and from the stand because I have seen a few coyotes hanging around my stand and feeder lately. Does anyone have experience with this law?

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It is only legal for LTC/CHL holders.


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If I choose to hunt in a coon tail hat, a pink tootoo and hip waders that is my fine...
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It is legal for anybody to take a pistol or a rifle now, it changed a few years ago. It was a silly rule.


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Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
It is legal for anybody to take a pistol or a rifle now, it changed a few years ago. It was a silly rule.

Really? I was unaware that it changed.


Originally Posted by txhuntingguide
If I choose to hunt in a coon tail hat, a pink tootoo and hip waders that is my fine...
Re: Carrying Pistol during Bow Season [Re: BB675] #7295088 09/23/18 07:27 PM
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37 states recognize the need for bowhunters to protect themselves. I believe Texas is included. Concealed carry isn't necessary I believe if you are a landowner because the law allows for carry by "keyholders" to carry anyway. Any vehicle, watercraft, your property or property you are in control of, law allows you to carry without permit.


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Re: Carrying Pistol during Bow Season [Re: unclebubba] #7295110 09/23/18 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted By: unclebubba
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It is legal for anybody to take a pistol or a rifle now, it changed a few years ago. It was a silly rule.

Really? I was unaware that it changed.

Really. You can hunt non-game species with firearms and WT with archery equipment at the same time during archery only season.

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Re: Carrying Pistol during Bow Season [Re: BB675] #7295131 09/23/18 08:27 PM
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The legislation considered running into bears and other dangers like drug dealers and such. It was determined that the need to defend yourself didn't end just because it's deer season. Righteous judgement I'd say!


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Re: Carrying Pistol during Bow Season [Re: BB675] #7295141 09/23/18 08:41 PM
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I'll repeat what a game warden told me.... If the game warden can't tell the difference between an arrow wound and a handgun wound, he ain't much of a game warden...

my understanding is CHL/LTC laws apply to them, and castle doctrine applies to landowners or others on "premises under their control"...

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Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
It is legal for anybody to take a pistol or a rifle now, it changed a few years ago. It was a silly rule.

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Agree. I support game wardens, the work they do and the laws they enforce. My dad was a cop and we grew up with an overstated application of game laws that I thought conflicted with logic. Like this law about carrying any gun while bow hunting. I get what some may be trying to pull, but that shouldn't prevent a bow hunter from carrying a rifle to a bow stand if he wanted to legally hunt with a rifle at the same time. A violation would only occur if a game animal was taken with illegal means.
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It is legal for anybody to take a pistol or a rifle now, it changed a few years ago. It was a silly rule.


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I'm glad that law changed because it's one that i would have to break, i have seen game cam pics of the predators on my lease and i will never be without my side arm out there.


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Yes, it is legal to carry a pistol during archery season. I'm not the land owner and not a CHL holder, and I carry a pistol during archery season.

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Just to add to this; every law abiding American, much less Texan, should have their LTC and should always carry as allowed by law.


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The only stipulation is that it must be visible at all times unless you have a LTC.

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Originally Posted By: PlanoPigHunter
The only stipulation is that it must be visible at all times unless you have a LTC.

On private property?

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Originally Posted By: tShawnB
Just to add to this; every law abiding American, much less Texan, should have their LTC and should always carry as allowed by law.


I believe every law abiding American should be allowed to carry without restriction or a LTC. But hey, Texas is pretty good about handgun laws, regardless.

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Originally Posted By: unclebubba
It is only legal for LTC/CHL holders.


LOL Incorrect statement and has been for a few years. Funny that people rely on websites other than those that provide accurate info. Google TPWD hunting regulations and it's right there if you make the effort.

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Originally Posted By: Mike Mathena
I'm glad that law changed because it's one that i would have to break, i have seen game cam pics of the predators on my lease and i will never be without my side arm out there.
What are these predators you are scared of?

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We cant have multiple weapons on us at one time on Ft Hood and no hand guns period. If your bow hunting you can only have your bow, if your gun hunting you can only have one gun. Ive never felt unsafe even just with a bow in the dark.

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I got my CHL years ago just because of the rules for bow hunting. Funny thing is I don't carry at any time, including when I bow hunt. I tried a couple of times, but I did not like the extra bulk and weight, especially considering I hunt from tree stands.

I really have not ever come across a rabid hog yet while hiking to my tree stand in the dark in the early morning. Just don't worry about it. But that IS why I got my CHL in the first place.


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We cant have multiple weapons on us at one time on Ft Hood and no hand guns period. If your bow hunting you can only have your bow, if your gun hunting you can only have one gun. Ive never felt unsafe even just with a bow in the dark.


Yea, kinda hard to feel unsafe on a large government military installation!

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What about hunting on public land, Archery only????

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What is so scary about the woods at dark? Carry a rifle for pigs but a pistol for protection against what? Other people would be the only real danger to me, so I could understand carrying near the border I guess. No predators in Texas scare me enough to carry everywhere I go at camp.

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I hunt public in Oklahoma. Came across a dude that was not hunting and was shady creeped me out pretty bad I had no weapons as I was just scouting. Like to keep a pistol on me now.

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