Being a rancher is not only a physical challenge, but it comes with many other challenges as well. While out riding the range, there are a number of situations that can come up that can leave the rancher in a predicament; one that may require the need and use of a gun.
Ranchers have a lot of responsibility, many of which take them away from the ranch and their home. They are out on the open land where many a situations can arise. Some situations may just require the use of their minds, to get them out of the predicament, while others would require the use and need for a gun. Most ranchers when not using their guns, will take the utmost caution to make sure they are secure. So what are the situations that would require needing a gun with you? Let’s take a look into the work and activities of a rancher, and that will help you to understand why many ranchers prefer to have a gun with them while they work.
Away from the ranch, in an environment where the land is untamed and can be wild, anything can come up on you, and any situation can arise. Think about the snakes that are definitely there; most hiding in the safety of the different obstacles; like trees, under rocks, in a bush, etc. But they do come into view and can get aggressive. If you were confronted with a poisonous snake, you may wish you had a gun to take care of the situation.
On that note, it’s not only snakes that can be a problem. What if you were to encounter a wild animal? A bear, a mountain lion, or cougar? Would you feel safer if you had a gun on you, that, should you need to defend yourself against an angry cat, you could? Maybe you come upon a wild animal that was insistent on attacking one of your horses and you know that you won’t be able to protect your horse, without the use of your gun? You will be thankful you had a gun with you to handle the situation, and protect your property and yourself, and if you aren’t in that situation, it’s just that much better to make sure it’s tucked away out of harms reach and locked up.
Cowboys spend most of their time on their property; on their ranch and on their farm. Yes, things can happen, even to a farmer, but as a rancher, the events that can unfold as you go about your day and do your job, are limitless. And many want and need protection for themselves, and their property – their horses, cattle, whatever it is they are doing that day.
Ranchers find that “protection” is the driving force to getting and carrying a firearm. Especially because there are situations that aren’t always animal-related. There is the chance a rancher could run into someone who tries to harm them, or their herd. Maybe steal part of their herd; just any number of scenarios. And they feel that it is better to be safe, and prepared, than sorry.