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Anyone read the Bear Hunting magazine? I just got the July/August issue. There was an interesting article on page 69, Bear Biology 101 with Wade Nolan. He writes about a black bear in Alaska that made several attempts to charge him and his family that had just landed on an island to camp while kyaking. The bear kept getting washed down river, and upon each attempt would travel further up river in an apparent attempt to navigate the heavy current. They ended up leaving the island, and the bear followed along the shoreline for over a quarter of a mile. It was a really good article.

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http://www.bear-hunting.com/issue.cfm

I especially like the Photo Gallery Section, you can go back to Jan/06

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You know what? I never thought to check their website. Thanks Hammer.

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I did read the article.

A bear isn't a bad swimmer which is a fact of this story that bothers me a little though. I am looking forward to upcoming recommended strategy in the next issue.

I was also surpised the forest worker would be alone and without spray of some kind at least. That was sad.

Where I hunt you are not allowed to carry a backup during archery season, so I am interested in the effectiveness of sprays and what other types of deterents are available. One of those horn blasts from a can? others?

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Check out he latest issue of Field & Stream magazine. It has a article on which is the best bear defense - pepper spray or a fire arm. They say pepper spray carried in a chest holster. Interesting article! I carry both, if allowed.

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Old Professor wrote:
Check out he latest issue of Field & Stream magazine. It has a article on which is the best bear defense - pepper spray or a fire arm. They say pepper spray carried in a chest holster. Interesting article! I carry both, if allowed.

I havent read the article in Field, but I did just read one that had pepper spray in the 90% effective range and placed a firearm as about 65% effective in preventing injury. The article sited that a firearm isnt always in the hands of an experienced shooter and sometimes the attack happened too quickly for the firearm to prevent injury. This particular article does recommend two deterents though. I have the spray, but would still feel more confident with a firearm.

I dont have grizzlies to contend with, but there are still enough verifiable stories to show that some blacks are predatory. It is easier for game and fish to just say no firearm than to ivestigate a denfense of life shooting. Wish they valued my hide as much as the bear's.

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You want to be sure that any breeze is in the bears direction and not in yours or you simply can temporarily blind yourself with bear spray. Don't know how much time you'd have to check wind direction with an attacking bear Think Think Think

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You want to be sure that any breeze is in the bears direction and not in yours or you simply can temporarily blind yourself with bear spray. Don't know how much time you'd have to check wind direction with an attacking bear Think Think Think

But if the wind is in your face, wouldn't it be called seasoning instead of pepper spray? Evil! Laugh

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Laugh

I read that article in F&S. It was pretty good. I believe the author suggested buying an extra can to practice with. I guess in an ideal situation, you'd be able to position yourself upwind in order for the bear to smell you and recognize your scent. Too bad situations in the wilderness are not ideal.
By the way syndeis, make sure if you get spray that it is BEAR SPRAY and not pepper spray. The bear spray is a larger canister and a little more potent.

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Bear/dog sprays are around 1-2 %, pepper spray up to 10 %, which is the police issue stuff), at least in Canada. but make no mistake about it, it will all incapacitate a person to some degree.
I question the effect it has on an attacking bear for this reason:
In Calgary ,Canada 10 % OC(active ingredient) was sprayed n the faces of attacking Police Service dogs to see if it would stop the bite. It stopped some dogs, but the dogs that were known to "like to bite" it either didn't work or took too long to work.
I am totally unfamiliar with the mind set of a p***** off Grizzly bear, but I don't think I'd be giving Bear Spray higher marks than a good revolver/pistol. eye roll

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I know the effectiveness of pepper spray on a dog that is aggressive is not very good because, dogs have the ability to block out certian scents if they wish. for an example, if you throw a rock into water a dog can find that exact rock because he sucks water into his mouth and out his nose and the scents in the water hit his scents collectors and they block out every other scent. I don't know if bears are the same way but this is very true for a dog that is set on attacking someone.

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