Ideally I'd like to find a legal definition, statement, document to help interpret/answer my question.

I have been combing through the definitions (790.001) and have not found anything that defines camping as hiking with an overnight stay. I have tried looking into the other state laws for definitions and hints for the better part of a week now (like TITLE XVIII PUBLIC LANDS AND PROPERTY) and have not found anything.

I have a hard time believing the open carry exception for hunting, fishing, & camping is intended to allow you to protect yourself from dangerous wild life and that hiking would not fall under camping. A typical google search is pretty inconclusive and I have not found anything legal to support either way. I just want to be properly educated so I can protect my self and family when daytime camping (hiking) in the woods.

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