Episode 430: Camping, Hiking, and Carrying a Gun

Topic: Camping, Hiking, and Carrying a Gun

Riley Bowman and Jacob Paulsen tackle a very valid question: what are the best practices for defending oneself or one's campsite, tent, RV, etc. when out enjoying the great outdoors? How can we limit our risk from both human and animal threats?

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About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of ConcealedCarry.com. ConcealedCarry.com provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. AJ on July 7, 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Another great episode. I especially loved the jurisdiction and “castle doctrine” discussion.

    I have long wondered about native American tribal reservations.

    Did I miss an episode that covers the legal protections for transporting through tribal land? Camping in the west or even Midwest often involves passing through reservations (sovereign territory).

    • Jacob Paulsen on July 7, 2020 at 5:31 pm

      AJ, you didn’t miss that topic; we’ve never really covered it. In part because I haven’t done the due diligence to study it in-depth and in part because the answers to the questions vary much by reservation, are hard to research or effectively don’t exist. As you might imagine the short version is “their land, their rules.” One day I hope we can be more helpful in that regard.

  2. Steve Bean on July 8, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Post office is a different regulatory situation, separate from other federal buildings. For example, the Great Smokies Mtns goes on state law of NC and TN. But one cannot carry into the Park Service Buildings as they are Federal.

  3. Michael J Ciamillo on July 8, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    first timer

  4. John Sturm on July 11, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Backpacking with a Firearm; A solution that works well for me. I carry a Ruger LCR (13oz) in 38 Special in a Hill People Gear Runner’s Kit Bag. It is a small chest bag that does not interfere with backpack straps, even the sternum strap. Inside the bag I have a tethered (tied to the inside of the bag) Kydex trigger guard. As I change layers of clothing, the chest bag will always be worn over that layer, always on top. It is small but allows me to keep my cell phone wallet and keys, in a separate zippered pouch. My firearm with the Kydex trigger guard is the only thing I carry in the main zippered pouch.
    When backpacking the only time this comes off is to put it over my outermost layer. Essentially I never take it off. It does not interfere with sleeping either. I am very comfortable in my mummy bag with it on. It does not slide around as one might think, even when sleeping on your side. As a disclaimer, I do not sleep on my stomach. I have never felt comfortable sleeping on my stomach.
    The ammo I carry for backpacking is the Interceptor, Preferred Defense, in 77 grain. It is a Lead-Free, fluted molded copper polymer round.
    This bag is also great for summer, when shorts and a t-shirt are common dress. Especially if I have no pockets for keys, wallet and Phone.

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