I'm inquiring about hunting in PA. I know better then to do so in this dump state.
I do have a conceal carry permit good for all 50 states.
Thank you all for the help thus far.
OK - good. Since you have a legal carry permit, you can carry a handgun by any means possible while afield - openly or concealed in your back pack or on your body. It also means you can seamlessly transition from hunting to driving to/from and not have take it on and off.
Next up, are you hunting in a stand? Will you also be carrying a rifle? Irons, so I assume it is a belt-able gun as opposed to a single shot behemoth?
I hunt with iron sighted revolvers and I've settled on leather crossdraw belt holsters since I can sit in a stand or in a vehicle comfortably with a 4-6 inch revolver no problem. And, if also carrying a rifle, you can carry it in your strong hand so that it does not whack the revolver. The only problem is that if it's real cold it's more than likely your outer layer(s) will cover up the handgun. But if your hunting, it should be out in your hands or in the stand in some way. Rigs I have used and can recommend include:
- Bianchi Model 111 Cyclone™ Belt Holster => nice for big 6-8+ inch revolvers.
- Galco D.A.O. Dual Action Outdoorsman Holster => I use this one for 3-4 inch revolvers and this one is easy to modify for bobbed hammer guns by shortening the hammer catch strap and replacing the snap.
both of these have hammer catch straps and fully cover the trigger for added safety while afield.