_While there is bound to be some honest disagreement on the matter, concealed-carry advocates figure the woods will be safer in coming years.
"A hunter should be able to carry a gun for self-defense," said Gerard Valentino, central Ohio chairman of the Buckeye Firearms Association and a Pickerington resident.
Whereas most successful hunters would agree that carrying a gun in the field isn’t a bad idea, the Ohio Division of Wildlife came to the conclusion after a year of consideration that, given Ohio law, under all circumstances personal protection should include a concealed firearm packed by someone with a permit to do so.
As a result, the division has asked the Ohio Wildlife Council to OK changes in regulations related to deer and turkey hunting that excluded the carrying of a second weapon if shotgun or bow were already in hand.
"In the past, we’ve allowed only one firearm or hunting implement to be carried while deer or turkey hunting," said Steven A. Gray, chief of the wildlife division._