Ironically, I started hunting with a handgun in Oregon decades ago before I moved to Iowa.Iowa got me started handgun hunting when they passed the straight wall cartridge act. Long ago now...
The coast range, where I usually hunted, was so steep and dense that shots over 100 yards were uncommon, and having both hands free to grab brush when scrambling up hills or using binoculars was advantageous.
But then, I never was a stand or blind hunter. Glassing a clear cut all day to shoot a deer at 500 yards with my 7mm magnum seemed a boring waste of a glorious day better spent tracking game to a closer solution.
I still hunt handgun in Iowa, if you can call it that. The dogs in the kennel alert me to the deer's presence, I look out the dining room window to verify, then walk out the front door and around the corner of the house to shoot one or two. Usually@ 75 yards or so. The dogs never lie. Saves me a lot of freeze your ass off.