Big Bend in Oct

Discussion in 'Tejas and the Gulf States' started by Kenbike, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    My wife and I are planning a camping trip in Big Bend National Park with a couple from Austin this Oct. we are going via jeep but I was still seeking the locals advice on Adv rider as to how safe it is in the park if you are out in the primitive camping areas vs. in the campgrounds. The couple we are going with are not into guns and I really don't want to haul mine via the plane. we will be staying 5 nights and I do not know which campgrounds we will be using. They go ever year and tell me it is very safe. For those of you who go out in the park is it a good idea to be unarmed? How much trouble does the park have?
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  2. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    You don't need a gun in Big Bend.
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  3. FotoTEX

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    You will be fine. I carry a gun but have never needed it. Plenty of Border Patrol around to scare away the bad guys.
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  4. Dirt2007

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    Are weapons legal in the park now? Down there a couple yrs ago and were not allowed.
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  5. Kenbike

    Kenbike Been here awhile

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    So it is pretty safe in the park, good news!
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  6. acejones

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    I believe they are now legal. However, don't get your legal advice from a site like this. Ask the National Park Service. Even if they are legal, you still don't need one.
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  8. tennessee thumper

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    I've camped right on the border (solis I think it was) at the Rio Grande and witnessed a few folks crossing from the other side in 2011 and 2012.

    One time is was like a scene out of a move...guy with a big sombero on a horse witha few dogs in tow. He whistled to arnnounce his presence, waved and rode on.

    I've only been there a few times but it is not an umcommon occurance to see some of our south of the border neighbors coming to the US without impedence(sp?)

    Never had an issue myself but who knows? Better safe than sorry in my opinion.

    That said the primitive camping areas are much more dramatic and remote if that is what you are looking for. 99 percent of the time its fine...the other 1 percent is what I prepare for.
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