Just because you're hunting does not mean you won't have to defend yourself. There are wild pigs, bears, panthers, and poachers, among other dangerous critters, in the Florida woods. They're not all good to eat.
As is true in most "woods" I have hunted in.
However, I think intent may play a part in this. Mr. Skoien was not in possession of the firearm for defensive purposes. His intent was to hunt for food.
Hey, I've been out in left field and wrong before.
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Home Firearms Safety, Pistol and Rifle Instructor
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