Title pretty much lays it out. A family friend knows I have been looking to get into hunting, and is looking for a buddy to come with him when he hunts black bear. I have never been along on a black bear hunt or seen one going after somebody personally, but I have seen them up close and have seen the aftermath of what they can do. I personally would much prefer to carry a backup handgun (Namely my stepfather's S&W model 27 6 inch .357 mag) if we were to be going after game like that. I am 18 and fully aware of the 21 age requirement for buying and owning handguns but I am not at all sure what the law says about this kind of situation. I was hoping a fellow Washingtonian hunter might be able to help out or have some idea. I have not been able to go to the local gun store yet as the topic came up just today. I definitely will see if they can help me with the matter or point me in the right direction as to who to ask. Again, any advice or experience in this area is appreciated, I just want to have as safe a hunt as possible while still following the law on the matter. Thanks all.