Pelican Flyer | July 18, 2020
Handgun hunting is a relatively short-range hunting style that involves taking game with a hunting pistol or revolver. Though similar in many ways to firearm and bow hunting, handgun hunting relies on additional accuracy and marksmanship skills. It's truly one of the most thrilling hunting pursuits around. If you're interested in giving handgun hunting a shot — pun intended — be sure to start with this useful guide from Pelican. We can help you find a handgun case to keep your weapons safe in transit and out in the field.
What makes handgun hunting so appealing? It's like a day at the range, except instead of a paper target, you get to bring home dinner for your whole family. Practiced handgun hunters can score deer, wild hogs, antelope and more. Here are some more pros to handgun hunting.
What kind of gun should you take on your first handgun hunt? It depends on how and where you plan to use your firearm. All in all, you want a relatively lightweight handgun with adjustable iron sights or an optical sight to assist with aiming and accuracy. The most popular handguns for hunting include:
Check with your state’s natural resources department to learn about handgun hunting laws in your area. Most states have limits on barrel length and caliber. For example, in Maryland, handguns used to hunt deer must be at least .40 caliber with a barrel length of at least 6 inches. Handgun hunting is typically limited to the shotgun season, but be sure to double-check all your local laws to determine when handgun hunting is legal.
Handgun hunting can be a fantastic challenge and sharpen your shooting skills. Pelican is here to help you find the right gun case for your unique needs, whether you hunt with a pistol, a revolver or a good old-fashioned rifle.