Legal to bring rifle into a Wilderness Area for bear defense?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by wmeyer116, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. wmeyer116

    wmeyer116 New Member

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    I'm going to Montana in the next month, Bob Marshall Wilderness. I have my Handgun carry permit, but I was wondering if it is legal to bring a rifle into a wilderness area, loaded, for self defense, not during hunting season.

    I will be bringing my .44 magnum, but was just curious if I could bring my 45-70 as well :confused:

    Thanks
     
  2. spottedpony

    spottedpony New Member

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    your best bet for getting accurate update information is contact Montana fish and game directly. To find THAT information, Google is your friend.
     

  3. wmeyer116

    wmeyer116 New Member

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    Thanks, I'll probably call eventually. I'm expecting to get the whole "bear spray" talk.
     
  4. lucznik

    lucznik New Member

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    You can have a rifle in Wilderness Areas pretty much any time you want.

    The only time you might get any grief is DURING hunting season, when the Game & Fish might consider possession of a hunting-caliber rifle as evidence of actually hunting.
     
  5. limbkiller

    limbkiller New Member

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    I used to guide in the Great Bear Wilderness and a few sq. miles of the Bob Marshall area. I don't care what the law is I won't enter a spot like that without one of my .44 mags or .454 casull. I'd wear it in a shoulder holster hidden under something but I'm not gonna be totally helpless in a place like that.
     
  6. LIBERTY2

    LIBERTY2 New Member

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    Sure, a wilderness area is just another piece of land owned my we the people!! I've been hunting in the Marshall and I would never go there without a rifle or slug shotgun for protection. I sure wouldn't rely on a handgun for protection from a pissed off grizzly
     
  7. Jagermeister

    Jagermeister New Member

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    I would bring a shotgun with slugs if it is legal.