Sam. Who is Chad Stewart.Regarding the rule question. I am probably the who made OGB leery. If you do a search of this site, you will find that we had this discussion years ago, and it was decided that you could not carry a firearm and a bow if you intended to shoot a buck with the bow and a doe with the firearm. IIRC there was a line in the guide back then that delineated this clearly. This year I don't see that line, and I have read the section included above. That seems to say that it is legal now, but there is some confusion when you look further. The rules for bowhunting state that you may not carry a firearm with you while you bowhunt, not for the purpose of shooting a deer anyway. The rule above makes it clear that you may carry a firearm to hunt with, but it doesn't say that you don't have to then follow the firearm rules, IE it doesn't make clear to me that you can do what we want to do. We are all thinking the same thing, bring both... shoot a buck with a bow and a doe too far away for a bow with a firearm. I messaged Chad Stewart this morning for clarification, a couple hours ago. I will let you know if he answers.
I am not stirring the pot with this, I don't care what anyone else does... I want to know for my own purposes.