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FMI - Bear Mace-Is it effective against deer/elk?

Bear Mace-Is it effective against deer/elk? I know it is NOT effective against horses and they are similar animals.

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FMI - Bear Mace-Is it effective against deer/elk?

my question would be why would you want to mace a deer or elk?

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FMI - Bear Mace-Is it effective against deer/elk?

Might be worried about hunting during the rut?!?! Think

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FMI - Bear Mace-Is it effective against deer/elk?

I do not carry a firearm when out ;hiking, photography,camping,scouting,bow season and especially when cooking at camp...besides it is good to know how SCENT is used by the animals you seek.

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FMI - Bear Mace-Is it effective against deer/elk?

As you probably already know it is highly unlikely a deer or elk would attack, but in the one in a million chance one would (has happened I know). Then Bear spray or mace which is an irritant would just as likely cause them discomfort and to disengage an attack as it would a bear or person that was attacking. Nother words I don't think they'd like it.

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FMI - Bear Mace-Is it effective against deer/elk?

Did Trigger attack and you had to use your bear spray? Sorry, I couldn't resist. I would think it would work on deer or elk but who really knows. As mentioned before, it is an irritant and should effect any animal.

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HA! My father-in-law was mounted when threatened by a Mt. Lion...the spray had NO effect on his horse...but sent the cat scootin'. HA! Shame on You!

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FMI - Bear Mace-Is it effective against deer/elk?
hotcoffee wrote:
HA! My father-in-law was mounted when threatened by a Mt. Lion...the spray had NO effect on his horse...but sent the cat scootin'. HA! Shame on You!

Ah... I was wondering why exactly it was that you bear-sprayed your horse.

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FMI - Bear Mace-Is it effective against deer/elk?

I work with horses for a living and it will and does effect horses . It will not necessarily effect their skin but if sprayed in their face wear it is hitting more sensitive like the membranes around the eyes mouth or nostrils it would work. A few years ago in yellowstone a ranger was attacked by a cow elk around Mommouth springs . She had a calf with her and she charged him and knocked him off his bike. He turned his bear defense on it and it turned the cow away .

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FMI - Bear Mace-Is it effective against deer/elk?

Thank you, for a serious reply to the question at hand.

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