Discussion Topic Update: Should Bowhunters Pack Heat?

When we asked this question months ago some of you said yes, noting that bowhunters need to be able to protect themselves from criminals and dangerous animals; others said no, because it could lead to increased poaching. To the latter, does the story below change your mind?

_A bear feeding on [a] carcass . . . in northwestern Montana was shot after charging a bow hunter that apparently startled it, state wildlife officials said. . . .

The bow hunter shot the bear with a pistol Thursday evening. FWP Warden Perry Brown and biologist Tim Manley tracked the wounded bear Friday, following a blood trail for three or four miles before losing it. Biologists don't know if it was a black bear or a grizzly._