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defense against a bear

There seem to be a lot of bear attacks here lately. What do you do if you come across a bear while scouting?

Should you carry something.......a whistle, air horn, mace?

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defense against a bear

Big gun! Thumbs up Prob is if you shoot a bear out of season even if it is self defence the state tends to take the bears side and it can go bad for you. Yet better to face the reprocussions fron the state than to be the main course for Mr. Bear. There is a "bear spray out there you can buy that says it will stop an attack? Proub just a big pepper spray? Best thing to do is just make a lot of noise when scouting, giving the bears a chance to vacate the area so you do not sneak up and startle them.

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From my personal experience carry something anything, but if you can; carry a gun to be totally safe. Ive been chased and stalked by one, most of the little bears will be startled if you yell as loud as you can but Im sure thier are alot that would laugh at you and keep comming. I was told by someone to carry a 12 guage but I wouldnt wanna shoot the bear and kill it so I found out a way to not kill it and only hurt it a little try handloading rock salt into a 12 guage shell I guarantee it will work might take 2 shots but he wont stick around for a 3rd.

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defense against a bear

what kind of bear are you talking about atomakill?

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defense against a bear

Black you?

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Sorry lemme rephrase thats if you are in a treestand not on the ground dont use salt if your on the ground use real shot for sure number 4 steel shot should be perfect.

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Do you guys carry a sidearm when bow hunting bear. I know it is against the law but do you guys do it anyway? That is a pretty stupid law by teh way.

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AHH No,Not the sharpest tool in the shed you ever heard that saying; breaking the law to hunt is not exactally smart mufan I recomend against it in any way, plus man think about what your ruining and the image you make for yourself by doing it. I suggest you not talk like that on BGH please.

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Uh, weren't you talking about shooting them with salt loads in a 12 gauge? Do you carry that during gun season only? If so then I would be interested in knowing how you ever kill anything.

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Im talking about self defence not hunting them I carry an axe if Its not gun season thats it thats all axe and my limbs.

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All I was saying is that it would be nice if the law allowed you to carry a pistol during bow season for self defense.

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