I've got a hunch that bear prob'ly laughed himself to death, she just shot it after.Shot placement. Shot placement. Shot placement.
Bella Twin, the .22 Used to Take the 1953 World Record Grizzly, and More (ammoland.com)
Do you need some type of permit to carry (concealed or otherwise) in the national park?While on vacation at Yellowstone, every day I carried my Taurus TH9C in my IWB holster. But if we were going to go hiking (which was most days), I brought along the Vaquero 45 Colt loaded with the Buffalo Bore +P rounds. I wanted to be able to carry it without attracting undue attention, so I attached a leather paddle holster inside of a single-sling backpack that I picked up at Walmart.
The pack has a padded back with a zippered compartment between the back and the main compartment. I was able to poke holes through the liner and literally bolt in the holster onto the internal divider. I used very large fender washers to pinch the liner and hold the holster in place. It actually turned out exactly as I had hoped. The holster is very solidly attached and not going anywhere. The revolver is friction-held into the holster, but won't slide out.
While hiking, I could easily slide the pack around so that it was on my chest. Pulling one zipper opens the bag. Maybe not ideal for a super-quick draw, but it was the best I could come up with.
Here's the bag closed up:
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Here's the inside:
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Lots of extra space in the bag meant room for carrying other necessities. The revolver was nicely protected inside the thick leather holster.
I had one surprising encounter with a grizzly while in Yellowstone. Seriously. It was a sow with 2 cubs in tow. She came into our picnic one day while we were just starting to cook. We had plenty of time to grab the food and throw it into the car, but had to leave the small portable gas grill on the picnic table because it was hot. She left the grill alone and dug around at a fallen tree and ate some termites.
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I'm standing behind my Jeep taking a picture over the hood. Notice the gas grill sitting on the picnic table, lol. My family is all in the car.
Then she moved on. We watched her move in and out of the tree line for a while, until she was pretty far away and upwind of us. At that point, we felt pretty confident we could start cooking again.
So anyway, like I said, she wandered pretty far away and we brought the food back out. We cooked, we ate, we were just thinking about cleaning up, when she suddenly came back out of the woods right behind us. That was a surprise! We all immediately moved to the car, leaving all the food out. But because she was upwind at this point, she didn't bother coming over.
It's completely legal to open carry in national parks. It's my understanding that generally speaking for concealed carry, the national park uses the rules of the state that it is within. Fortunately, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana all have a lot of reciprocity with other states. So, being from Wisconsin and having a Wisconsin Conceal Carry permit, it was also completely legal for me to conceal carry.Do you need some type of permit to carry (concealed or otherwise) in the national park?
You got me to wondering, so according to the National Park Service (which I wouldn't necessarily trust for legal information) they claim:It's completely legal to open carry in national parks. It's my understanding that generally speaking for concealed carry, the national park uses the rules of the state that it is within. Fortunately, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana all have a lot of reciprocity with other states. So, being from Wisconsin and having a Wisconsin Conceal Carry permit, it was also completely legal for me to conceal carry.
If that is the case, then open carry is only legal if authorized in the jurisdiction around the park.In areas administered by the National Park Service, an individual can possess a firearm if that individual is not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing the firearm and if the possession of the firearm complies with the laws of the state where the park area is located.
So I guess they don't want you shooting the bears.Visitors should not consider firearms as protection from wildlife.
And I certainly didn't want to have to shoot a bear, either. Especially a mama with 2 cubs in tow who were really just out doing bear things. I fully recognize that I was the intruder in her kitchen.So I guess they don't want you shooting the bears.