Originally Posted by Jonesee
When you are hunting, you are already carrying a weapon.
Been hunting much?
No, I'm not a big hunter, but even I know that hunting firearms are generally not loaded until in position to hunt, such in the duck blind or deer stand.
Now hunting other types of game such as quail, pheasant or rabbit - ie. mobile rather than stationary - a shotgun is used with small shot which is generally ineffective for SD at distances greater than "room" distances (and arguably not even then).
Other mobile hunting with a rifle - such as rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, etc. - is generally with a small caliber rifle such as a .22; again a generally ineffective SD choice.
I don't suppose I even need to address bow hunting or muzzleloader seasons, as it would seem obvious why carrying a handgun for SD would be needed.
A handgun in a holster can be safely carried loaded and can be deployed, in some instances, more effectively than a long gun.
Additionally, a handgun caliber is sometimes a better choice for killing wounded medium sized game at close range.