if it wasn't for pesky gun-laws here I for sure would carry a sidearm when hunting.
bears most often leave the area when we hunt moose but tracks, droppings and marks are very evident when you enter the area, and we are not supposed to load our rifles before we are in our stands, crazy.
and when hunting/tracking wounded bears it would be very good to be more agile and getting close in tight brush, or god forbid if you get beneath a bear. a dude who lives nearby got mauled last year and he hit the bear with a chainsaw and it nearly killed him anyway
and ours are tiny compared to yours