Via reader Roger I became aware we have this proposal to make a change in the archery hunting regulations:
WAC 232-12-054 Archery requirements–Archery special use
permits. (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.
The underlined portion is the proposed change. It sounds like a good idea to me. Why should you give up your right to defend yourself with a handgun just because you are doing some archery hunting?