With hunting season upon us, it's always amusing to see what everyone is packing. First open carry is legal here year round, but the cannons that are brought out even if they aren't used. Granted there are bears not that far away from here, but some of these really need wheels and a crew to serve them. But I digress from my original intent. Hunting with the kids this week. Going out again this afternoon. So a deer was shot and dropped. Sent the kid back to the truck for the game bags and gear. He left his rifle because of the slope down into the valley. In the ten minutes it takes me to get down to the deer, it hasn't twitched. Pull out the .22 pistol to put an insurance shot into the skull as I'm walking up.. @10y, the head pops up and it's gone! Guts hanging out and dragging. Start after it slowly, give it time to drop again and stiffen up. I stopped and waited, after losing view of the deer behind a bunch of bushes. When the boy arrived, I asked him where it fell, he said, right there. Literally on the other side of the next bush. .22 ready this time, I come around the bush, and up the head comes again. Off it goes! Pop x3 with the .22. Nothing. Enough of this messing around, the .22 goes back in the pocket, the CCW piece comes out. He's ready on his side with the rifle, we continue on, tracking the blood trail, within @50y, there it is. Head comes up, the .40 comes up also. From @10y, the .40 hollow point goes in one side of the neck, through the spine and out the other side. Finally done. A couple of .22's are added to the top of the skull, just in case this deer really is a zombie, as it has been mimicking. This isn't a "Dang I'm a good shot" story, but an explanation why I always carry a full power (concealed) handgun in the field. Concealed because of the weather, the snagging on every piece of gear, etc. Full power, because you never know what you may need to use it for. I can't say just how many critters I've had to finish off on roadsides over the years, used to use the backup gun so I didn't have to write a report about using department ammo. Field results? The three .22's fired from behind, one hole in the left ear, and two HP's flattened on the back of the skull. The .40 HP, completely destroyed the spine with a modest exit. So once again, I prove to myself that my habitual carrying of a light and powerful handgun that is worth the effort. Especially in the field. How about you?