When deer hunting with a rifle I'll have a little .22 pistol along mainly for snakes in the trail or to deliver a finishing shot. Bird hunting i'm usually weighed down with shells, and dove or pheasant loads are hell on snakes. No pistol on me. Same thing in turkey season. Carrying a stool, shotgun, vest full of calls and decoy, binoculars, and a Thermacell, there's no room for a pistol. I just carry a couple of dove/target loads for snakes. A cottonmouth isn't worth a $3.00 turkey shell. If a stray hog happens by within 30yds my plan is to insert 1 3/4oz of copper-plated #4's in his ear-hole and hope for the best.