The thread’s header splains it. Do you pack/carry a firearm when going on a multi day canoe trip?
With me, it all depends upon where I’ll be going. The WI river was recently brought up here and going there, I never saw any need as that was well travelled, popular, and close to towns/houses. But as I got older, my desires not to be around people become stronger, so my tripping was to get as far away from others and civilization as I could.
Using rivers to travel removes a lot of the slugs who can be problems, and the further away from a road/parking area, the less they are. Yet the further away I am, the more likely it is I’ll bring a firearm.
I have a compact 22LR pistol I bring. It’s nice as it fits into a pocket in any shorts I’d be wearing. Why do I bring one? It’s sort of like the question of ‘why wear a lifejacket/helmet?’
Or a first aid kit. Or a fire extinguisher in your house.
I mostly go solo and national forests are where I go, the more remote the better.