For bow you can just go buy elk and deer OTC. Some coastal units are still OTC for rifle as well. I'll be honest, when I stuck that bear and he came out of the tree I ran like a girl. Took me a while to work up the cajones to get in close enough to finish the job with those jaws popping. In retrospect, it was very, very stupid and I will never shoot at a bear with sharp sticks again. In the future I will have a large magnum revolver on my hip while archery hunting, too many bears, wolves, and cougar up here to mess around with traditional archery equipment when your life depends on it. I still get kind of shaky replaying that scene in my mind.
thats good to know im not the only one that would run like a girl. and yea i never hunt or even hike without a sidearm, big or small. thats just how i was raised though so i feel naked without one in the woods