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Old 06-28-2011, 01:26 AM   #16
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If you accidentally get bear spray on yourself and in your eyes, you'll be okay after a few minutes of fllushing with water.

If you accidentally get wasp spray in your eyes, you'll probably be okay in a day or two
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:24 AM   #17
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Can dedicated (i.e. manufactured for) "Bear Spray" be carried across the Canadian Border from the USA w/o question or harrassement?? I've seen a couple of "Ride Reports" where the question is proposed from the Canadian Border Guard......."are you carrying Bear Spray"??
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:16 AM   #18
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When you cross bury the bear spray in the bottom of your camping gear. Repeat after me "Bear spray is not a weapon, it's a camping tool.".

If they ask you you have any weapons say "No, just camping gear."

If they ask if you have bear spray, say "Yes sir, packed in with the rest of my camping gear.".

If you get an asshole customs officer who wants to seize it, ask VERY, VERY politely to speak with a supervisor about his interpretation of bear spray as a weapon.

If you get brushed off, again politely ask to speak to a supervisor. It's legal to own and purchase in Canada as camping gear. And a supervisor will 99/100 back yiou up, especially if you're being polite about it.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:51 AM   #19
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http://www.backpacker.com/ask_a_bear...aily_dirt/1902

The only thing they have in common is that they come in aerosol cans and shoot pretty far.

Bear Spray is a non-toxic irritant. The active ingredient in bear spray is oleoresin of capsicum which are the oils in chiles that make them hot.

Wasp spray is toxic to insects but may not be an irritant. The active ingredient in wasp spray are pyrethroids, which attack the central nervous system of insects.

Would you use bear spray on wasps?
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:43 PM   #20
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Bear Bangers are more fun, Google is your friend if ya never heard of 'em.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:23 PM   #21
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Go do a test spray of each and stand in the cloud produced. You'll know which is effective (trust me).
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:54 PM   #22
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Alot of folks worry about the border crossing with spray. You can always buy it up here. We gots a lot of stuff the first world has.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:13 PM   #23
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atgatt bear proof suit good for riding also

This guy spent his entire life making this suit, he collects spiderwebs and mixes them with epoxy to create about the strongest material ever made. watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLUdt...eature=related
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Old 07-02-2011, 08:00 AM   #24
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Let us know how good it works.
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Old 07-11-2011, 03:06 PM   #25
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If you accidentally get bear spray on yourself and in your eyes, you'll be okay after a few minutes of fllushing with water.

If you accidentally get wasp spray in your eyes, you'll probably be okay in a day or two
Wasp spray for self defense and as an animal attack deterrent is a bad idea. It is a myth! Stick with the Pepper Spray & Bear Spray. Wasp spray is unproven and has never been tested on humans or animals. In fact, the EPA recommends Bear Spray, which is a proven tool used by Wildlife and Law Enforcement Professionals Worldwide. Quit spreading this stupid wasp spray myth before somebody gets hurt or worse killed!
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:27 PM   #26
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My2cents. On a few occasions, after a few beers, i have tried to shoot wasp, with wasp spray, facing INTO the wind. I am not sure wether its the beers or the spray, but i felt absolutely...zilch, nada, nothing. Then again, after chopping a few hot peppers, without washing my hands, I put my contacts in, HOLY MOTHER OF FUCKIN GOD WHO PUT THE RED HOT POKER IN MY EYE,, I lay on the ground for half an hour moaning like a little girl. There,,,,real life examples.
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:18 PM   #27
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:39 AM   #28
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Ain't no one got no imagination?

Bear spray in the right holster, Wasp spray in the left. Then you're ready for either critter.

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Old 08-07-2011, 03:28 AM   #29
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Can dedicated (i.e. manufactured for) "Bear Spray" be carried across the Canadian Border from the USA w/o question or harrassement?? I've seen a couple of "Ride Reports" where the question is proposed from the Canadian Border Guard......."are you carrying Bear Spray"??
Not only can you,...but now, you have too,.....

http://www.vancouversun.com/travel/H...679/story.html

A new Parks Canada rule that makes bear spray mandatory on one Banff hiking trail has claimed its first victim.
Korean student Han Kang received a $400 fine after he was caught July 17 without bear spray on the Lake Minnewanka Trail.
Kang pleaded guilty in Canmore provincial court this week to the offence, along with not being in a group of four hikers, another restriction on the trail.

Contravening the National Park Act regulation results in a mandatory court appearance and a fine of up to $25,000.

Kinda makes that $6.95 can of wasp spray, a bit of a false economy now doesn't it.
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:52 PM   #30
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Got back from the trip.

Thanks to all that contributed to this thread, but a reminder (especially to the past post) is that this WAS NOT about saving a few $$$ on Wasp Spray vs. Bear Spray, tt was more about the idea of "I'd been told about it, so was there anything to it?".

After coming back from my trip and riding through BC, where we saw so many bears it got boring, the point is kinda mute...bear spray it is, every time!!!

FWIW, the border guards asked every time "Where we carrying Bear Spray?"....and even asked to see the container. We crossed back and forth from the US to CA about six (6) times.

Thanks again...

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