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Old June 23rd, 2011, 01:18 PM   #1
 
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Hey everyone,

Just called and found out today that you CAN hunt with a handgun during rifle season in WI.... both my 6" GP100 and 7.5" Blackhawk fit the purpose and I would like to bring one hunting with me to use if I can get a close enough shot... I'd still be taking the rifle with.

I have been looking at holster... I can't seem to find one that fits what I need.

It has to be out of the way of the rifle(right handed)
I carry a tree stand in sometimes
And the wheather is always all over the place.. last year it was probably 15* the first day and the second it was in the 40s and raining... so the gear I wear is always different.

Per WI regulation the handgun can't be concealed during hunting... I'm thinking maybe a crossdraw would be the solution or do they make leg holsters for large revolvers??? Since a belt hip holster would be covered by my jacket and I have bibs, not pants for hunting.

I'm probably really overthinking this... but any help would be great.

MIke.



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Old June 23rd, 2011, 01:37 PM   #2
 
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Because of the distribution of weight across my back and shoulders, I carried a Ruger Redhawk in .44mag in a shoulder rig. I've hunted with handgun only, no rifle and with rifle with handgun backup. I added a 2x scope to the Redhawk when stalking/still hunting and was confident of hitting my game with a killing shot at 50yds in Texas brush.

You should still be able to carry in a treestand and/or backpack with a shoulder rig.
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Practice, practice and when you think you're doing good enough to hit a deer in the boiler room, practice some more. I hunt with a scoped Super Redhawk and practice is what made the difference for me. I shot from my tree stand and set white painted coffee cans at various distances and was able to hit them everytime at distances ranging from 50 yards out to 100 yards. There isn't too much sight distance in the woods in the summer so I picked the whole month of March to practice. Know your weapon and it's limitations and you'll do fine. What caliber is your Blackhawk?
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Hey everyone,

Just called and found out today that you CAN hunt with a handgun during rifle season in WI.... both my 6" GP100 and 7.5" Blackhawk fit the purpose and I would like to bring one hunting with me to use if I can get a close enough shot... I'd still be taking the rifle with.

I have been looking at holster... I can't seem to find one that fits what I need.

It has to be out of the way of the rifle(right handed)
I carry a tree stand in sometimes
And the wheather is always all over the place.. last year it was probably 15* the first day and the second it was in the 40s and raining... so the gear I wear is always different.

Per WI regulation the handgun can't be concealed during hunting... I'm thinking maybe a crossdraw would be the solution or do they make leg holsters for large revolvers??? Since a belt hip holster would be covered by my jacket and I have bibs, not pants for hunting.

I'm probably really overthinking this... but any help would be great.

MIke.
You can't "over think this" subject. When it comes to your states DNR make sure you "I's" are dotted and your "T's" are crossed. you may want to check and see if its legal to carry both guns to hunt. My state you can only carry 1 main weapon.
Personally I like the Guides Choice chest rig. Its kinda a cross draw holster that lays across your chest. I have one for my 9 1/2" SRH and a 7 1/2" SBH Hunter. very comfortable to where all day. They are a little pricey but you get what you pay for when it come to leather holsters. Just where it outside your coat. Good luck! What will you be hunting? What caliber is the Blackhawk?
Here's the link: Guides Choice Chest Holster, Original Alaskan Holster
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I don't have a lot to offer in the way of advice but I will say that most states have a "Firearms" season rather than a "Rifle" season. This is to make sure a lot of weapons aren't excluded.
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I don't have a lot to offer in the way of advice but I will say that most states have a "Firearms" season rather than a "Rifle" season. This is to make sure a lot of weapons aren't excluded.
Your avatar is enough offering!!!
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Guides Choise really are when needed, #1 up here
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Thanks for the replies. The blackhawk is in 45 colt which I will have a good load developed for soon. Plan to use 255 gr Keith style at 1000-1200fps. I know Wisconsin guns season is pistol and rifle but I will check if I can carry both... good point to check. How are those cheat holsters with a big jacket?
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Cross draw holster is the way to go in my opinion. I carry my 480 with a Burris 1.5x4 in one and it works out great.
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Bianchi Ranger Bianchi Gun Holsters - Sporting and Cases - Ranger™ Hunting

I've used one for my Redhawk for 25 years.
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Please post more often WSM. You are a great asset to this forum!
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Thanks for the replies. The blackhawk is in 45 colt which I will have a good load developed for soon. Plan to use 255 gr Keith style at 1000-1200fps. I know Wisconsin guns season is pistol and rifle but I will check if I can carry both... good point to check. How are those cheat holsters with a big jacket?

You can carry both, but what you will find is you never will really be hunting deer with a handgun as long as you still have a long-gun in your hands. You will have the rifle in your hands when the shot presents itself and/or you will only use the handgun with a close shot at a non-trophy animal because you don't want to risk the opportunity at losing the buck of a lifetime. Taking both is using the handgun as a backup. Leave the rifle at home and you will truly be handgun hunting.
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When I hunted with my Redhawk in .44mag, I found a cross-chest shoulder holster was the most comfortable and accessible. I first hunted with iron sights, but found I was more confident with a 2x scope at 50yds.

I finally had to give up handgun hunting when my stalking up to closer handgun distance to deer was more noisy due to deteriorating hearing.
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I almost always just carry in a strong side hip holster. I normally conceal since I have a CPL, at least when it isn't in my hands. I only take a handgun in the woods when hunting.
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