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Does anyone carry while while kayaking?
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Does anyone carry while while kayaking?
This thread

http://kayak-anglers.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=1286

made me wonder.

He points to our location, then casually says, “I strongly suggest you wear your PFD.” Something in his voice jolts me into the moment. There’s no immediate danger, of course. But we’re on the other side of the guardrail now. It’s not that wild places are hostile, just unforgiving. I put on my PFD. - Bill Heavey

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RE: Does anyone carry while while kayaking?
I haven't. I would have in SC but their laws are open only from the way I understood them...

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(04-14-2014 12:50 PM)Smallies_R_Us Wrote:  I haven't. I would have in SC but their laws are open only from the way I understood them...

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We may need to address this issue as a club. Pros and Cons for sure. I've thought about adding a firearm to my dry bag / survival kit. but haven't acted on it yet.

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Does anyone carry while while kayaking?
I never leave home without one. Don't necessarily always have one chambered but it's always within reach if I need it.

With that being said I think someone sniping off kayakers on the water is a pretty isolated incident carried out by some a$$hole. I've never encountered anyone on the water to be a threat. Most people are out there to get away from stress of everyday life and not to cause any additional stress or argument. Even during local tournaments I have yet to meet anyone so serious about it that became confrontational and an issue.

Here in pa we really don't have wildlife in our waters that would be a threat to us like they do down south. Maybe a bear if u do a float and get deep into some forest but nothing that really lives in the water.

Long story short, I doubt anyone really needs to carry with them here locally. But I live by the saying id rather have one and not need it than need it and not have one.

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(04-14-2014 02:33 PM)Ed8899730 Wrote:  I never leave home without one. Don't necessarily always have one chambered but it's always within reach if I need it.

With that being said I think someone sniping off kayakers on the water is a pretty isolated incident carried out by some a$$hole. I've never encountered anyone on the water to be a threat. Most people are out there to get away from stress of everyday life and not to cause any additional stress or argument. Even during local tournaments I have yet to meet anyone so serious about it that became confrontational and an issue.

Here in pa we really don't have wildlife in our waters that would be a threat to us like they do down south. Maybe a bear if u do a float and get deep into some forest but nothing that really lives in the water.

Long story short, I doubt anyone really needs to carry with them here locally. But I live by the saying id rather have one and not need it than need it and not have one.

Well reasoned Ed. I'm guilty of keeping mine out of sight and out of reach in my vehicle - lotta good that does if it were really needed! Any way you look at it though, we do need to make a rule in regards to concealed carry during an event. When we put the rules committee together, it can go on the agenda for their first meeting.

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RE: Does anyone carry while while kayaking?
If I'm creek floating I usually do especially if I'm alone - most of the lakes I fish are in state parks and then I don't.

But I'm with Ed, better to have it and not need it.

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RE: Does anyone carry while while kayaking?
i always keep mine on me just because you never know

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I hear you guys on the wildlife. I have done things in PA in and on the water that I would never have done where I grew up (south Texas). Water Mocasins were a real problem. Had one chase us one time. My mom knows some guys that had a snake fall out of a tree into their boat on the Medina River.

A lot of the places I go and many of my favorite wading locations are local party spots. There are plenty of illegal fire rings, graffiti, and I've seen some pretty weird characters show up when the sun starts going down.

I missed getting a picture of him, but one time I saw a guy who was filthy from head to toe, with a Duck Commander length beard, hitchhiking along Route 72 with a full size axe in his hand. I know he most likely had just come off the Appalachian Trail and was just trying to get to Lickdale to get a hotel room, a hot shower, and some fast food. But man, it was a scene straight out of a horror movie. I turned around to go pick him up, but a trucker got him before I could so I never got his story.

But I certainly understand better to have and not need.......................

Does there need to be a rule? Or would it be better to leave it alone and let each person decide as long as they comply with the law? That's what most major retail establishments and restaraunts do.

For those that do carry while kayaking, how do you carry? Dry box/bag, on your person, or some other way?

He points to our location, then casually says, “I strongly suggest you wear your PFD.” Something in his voice jolts me into the moment. There’s no immediate danger, of course. But we’re on the other side of the guardrail now. It’s not that wild places are hostile, just unforgiving. I put on my PFD. - Bill Heavey

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(04-15-2014 07:23 AM)truecrimson Wrote:  I hear you guys on the wildlife. I have done things in PA in and on the water that I would never have done where I grew up (south Texas). Water Mocasins were a real problem. Had one chase us one time. My mom knows some guys that had a snake fall out of a tree into their boat on the Medina River.

A lot of the places I go and many of my favorite wading locations are local party spots. There are plenty of illegal fire rings, graffiti, and I've seen some pretty weird characters show up when the sun starts going down.

I missed getting a picture of him, but one time I saw a guy who was filthy from head to toe, with a Duck Commander length beard, hitchhiking along Route 72 with a full size axe in his hand. I know he most likely had just come off the Appalachian Trail and was just trying to get to Lickdale to get a hotel room, a hot shower, and some fast food. But man, it was a scene straight out of a horror movie. I turned around to go pick him up, but a trucker got him before I could so I never got his story.

But I certainly understand better to have and not need.......................

Does there need to be a rule? Or would it be better to leave it alone and let each person decide as long as they comply with the law? That's what most major retail establishments and restaraunts do.

For those that do carry while kayaking, how do you carry? Dry box/bag, on your person, or some other way?

Thanks for the thoughtful response. I don't think we want to over legislate everything and steal from the laid back vibe this club is known for, I hope others weigh in and we can get a feel for the need to make a rule or not. As of now, I'd say leave it alone as you mentioned.

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04-15-2014 08:36 AM
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RE: Does anyone carry while while kayaking?
I just purchased a Ruger LCR .357 for this purpose. Some of the places i Yak are kind of remote. I see bears often in the one area i fish. Also before i had a kayak and would use a canoe or float tube i had a run in with some scary banjo picking locals. They would not leave me alone. I would of felt a lot better knowing i had my .357 with me. I did carry my .44 Mag with me for a few trips but it is just to heavy. My little LCR is perfect. Its small and light. You can even pocket carry if you would like.

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