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I'm trying to understand something in the law - http://utahshootingsports.com/utahlaws.htm#76-10-504

4) Nothing in Subsection (1) shall prohibit a person engaged in the lawful taking of protected or unprotected wildlife as defined in Title 23, Wildlife Resources Code, from carrying a concealed weapon or a concealed firearm with a barrel length of four inches or greater as long as the taking of wildlife does not occur:
(a) within the limits of a municipality in violation of that municipality's ordinances; or
(b) upon the highways of the state as defined in Section 41-6-1.
This seems to say that ANYONE that is hunting can carry concealed. I've found nothing that indicates this is not true and I've found no other regulations against carrying concealed except that found above in 76-10-504.

I'm hoping to get my CFP by hunting season, but if it doesn't show up and if this is true, I can carry concealed anyways. Well, it's a bit silly, but I can carry my Beretta (4.9"), but not my XD Subcompact (3").
 

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My CWP instructor was a retired DWR Law Enforcement Officer and he taught that we can carry while hunting (or going along with someone hunting). In other words, there are no regulations forbidding a permit holder to carry just because there is a hunt going on.

I am not sure what the barrel length has to do with it and you've now got me interested to learn more about that regulation. :?
 

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I am not sure what the barrel length has to do with it and you've now got me interested to learn more about that regulation. :?
Yeah, it's sure interesting. And to clarify, the law refers to CONCEALED carry, not just carrying. The barrel length only seems to refer to non-CFP holders that are carrying concealed while hunting. Maybe I'm missing something, but this sure seems to be what the law says. Perhaps this is intended to allow hunters the ability to carry a pistol for personal protection while in the back-country without the requirement that it be carried openly.
 

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Perhaps an added side benefit is that a weapon is able to be kept warm so that if needed it has less opportunity for mechanical breakdown while hunting in the fall & winter months.
 

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apollosmith said:
heavykevy said:
I am not sure what the barrel length has to do with it and you've now got me interested to learn more about that regulation. :?
Yeah, it's sure interesting. And to clarify, the law refers to CONCEALED carry, not just carrying. The barrel length only seems to refer to non-CFP holders that are carrying concealed while hunting. Maybe I'm missing something, but this sure seems to be what the law says. Perhaps this is intended to allow hunters the ability to carry a pistol for personal protection while in the back-country without the requirement that it be carried openly.
Take a look at...

Utah Code Section 76-10-50576-10-505. Carrying loaded firearm in vehicle or on street. (1) Unless otherwise authorized by law, a person may not carry a loaded firearm: ...
www.le.state.ut.us/~code/TITLE76/htm/76_0C034.htm - 2k - Cached - Similar pages

76-10-505. Carrying loaded firearm in vehicle or on street.
(1) Unless otherwise authorized by law, a person may not carry a loaded firearm:
(a) in or on a vehicle;
(b) on any public street; or
(c) in a posted prohibited area.
(2) A violation of this section is a class B misdemeanor.

Amended by Chapter 328, 1990 General Session
Download Code Section Zipped WP 6/7/8 76_0C034.ZIP 1,712 Bytes

As a CFP holder we can carry a LOADED firearm Openly, however without a Permit Unloaded. The definiton Unloaded of course depends on if you carry a semi-auto or revolver.
 

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Cinhil said:
Perhaps an added side benefit is that a weapon is able to be kept warm so that if needed it has less opportunity for mechanical breakdown while hunting in the fall & winter months.
Just a little side note on this. If you use lube in your gun make sure it is rated for cold temperatures. A guy used to work with used some gun lube that wasn't and it gummed up in the cold and caused malfunctions. All I can remember about the stuff he used was that it was White. I just thought I would throw this out.
 

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quick question...or two
I’m going black powder hunting this weekend and was just wondering if it is legal to open carry loaded wile hunting….or should I keep it concealed?
I think I remember someone saying (not on this forum) that you can only carry black powder guns wile black power hunting. I would think it’s ok so long as I’m not shooting at a deer with it. But I want to make sure I’m keeping all the laws……and make sure I’m able to protect my wife and I with more than one shot. :)
 

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If you check the big game hunting proclamation, it indicates:

Section V, D, 3a
A person who has obtained a muzzleloader permit may not possess or be in control of any firearm other than a muzzleloading rifle or have a firearm other than a muzzleloading rifle in his camp or motor vehicle during a muzzleloader hunt.
But it then lists exceptions, one of which is:
a person licensed to carry a concealed weapon in accordance with Title 53, Chapter 5, Part 7 of the Utah Code, provided the person is not utilizing the concealed firearm to hunt or take protected wildlife.
The same thing applies to archery hunts.

So, you can clearly carry if you have a permit. It's just not real clear if the weapon must be concealed or not. It refers the the 'concealed' weapon, but also refers to the law which allows loaded, openly carried weapons, so I'm not sure. I'd probably conceal to be safe.

Also of interest, I found a mistake in the proclamation that exempts concealed carry holders from the PROHIBITED HUNTING METHODS: SPOTLIGHTING restrictions. :shock: Interesting!
 
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