I'd go look for a Ruger SP101 .357 as has already been stated. Its a great wheel gun that will not fail you. Check out GunBroker as there are a few listed now in the 350 - 400 range used which isn't bad. I just bought another spurless SP101 .357 with 2 1/4 barrel and it great for a woods gun or even CC if you do that. Add a 20.00 Hogue grip and a HKS Speedloader (Model 36-A) and your set. Use full .357s or .38 special rounds. I prefer the spurless DOA myself however its a choice and for your use it wouldn't matter.
My revolver of choice as a sidearm in the wood regardless of hunting, hiking or camping is my Ruger Alaskan .454 Casull. It's overkill and costly to learn to handle correctly but it's whats almost always on my side in the woods. I've been on trail from down in Georgia up through northern Ontario and its nice to have something that fends off both 2 and 4 legged animals when needed. With practice its also a decent close hunting handgun.. whatever you hit will drop.
Might drop out of fear just from the Alaskan's report too lol.
I hate bashing any manufacturer however my experience with Taurus wasn't great and most people I know who are into firearms tend to have had the same "bad luck". I'd never own another one unless it was given to me for free.. even then I'd likely sell it to someone I didn't know. Taurus simply has too great of an online return history coupled with my own history with them for me to trust one again.