So one of the things that brought me to this site, was the fact that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was changing the regulations to allow Muzzleloaders and bow hunters to carry a pistol while hunting IF they had a CPL. I had asked tons of people to call, write, email, and use their telepathic psychic powers, while I did the same.
Previously, it was stated in the regs that you were not to be in possession, period, while hunting during an Archery or Muzzle stuffer season with those tags etc. For years I carried anyhow, figuring that if a warden ever did cite me on it that I would fight it and something would happen at that point, good or bad either way......... Never at anytime did a warden even mention it, and I had met my share out in the field.
So anyhow, the regs came out a couple of months ago, and they removed the CPL part. Not sure if the letters to the AG and the WDFW did it, but it’s still pretty cool that it was written the way it was this year.
Here is a copy of the text, from the reg book:
(I think the red means it a major rule change?)
1. Rules pertaining to all archery:
a. It is unlawful for any person to carry or
have in his possession any firearm while in
the field archery hunting, during an archery
season specified for that area, except for
modern handguns carried for personal
protection. Modern handguns cannot
be used to hunt big game or dispatch
wounded big game during an archery, big
game hunting season.
Edit to add: It has the same verbage for muzzleloaders too.