camping in bear country

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  1. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    Any and everything that has a odor is a target for investigation by bears. Bear canisters prevents your food from being eaten, they do not protect the rest of your shit from getting destroyed by a bear looking for food. I use one pannier for all of my food and cooking gear. I hang that pannier whenever possible, if not, it is stashed at least 100' from my tent.
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  2. White Raven

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    Staged, not real... Common, do you really have to post dumb videos like that? The guy had a target bow with target arrows... Stupid X3...
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  3. knight

    knight Been here awhile

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    idjut Registered Pongid

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    What about the "Farley (Mowat) fence" ? (Never Cry Wolf). Pee a border all around your campsite. I've done this twice, no bear problems. 100% effective.
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    Turtletownman Been here awhile

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    idjut

    It works for elephants too. I never saw an elephant while camping.

    Smart Ass

    Bob
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  7. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    • AMY BETH HANSON Associated Press
    • Sep 5, 2017
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    This photo of Tom Sommer was posted to social media after he was mauled by a grizzly bear south of Ennis over Labor Day Weekend.

    A grizzly bear mauled a bow hunter in southwestern Montana, slashing a 16-inch cut in his head that required 90 stitches to close.

    "I could hear bones crunching, just like you read about," said Tom Sommer, as he recovered in a Montana hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

    Sommer said he and a hunting partner were looking for an elk they had been calling Monday morning when his partner spotted a grizzly bear feeding on an elk carcass in the southern end of the Gravelly Range, just north of the Idaho border.

    "The bear just flat-out charged us," Sommer said. He said it closed the 30-foot distance in 3 or 4 seconds.

    His hunting partner deployed his bear spray, which slowed the bear's charge. Sommer said he grabbed his canister so quickly that he couldn't release the safety and he couldn't afford to look down as the bear closed in. He ran around a tree twice and dropped his bear spray in the process.

    Sommer then grabbed his pistol and turned to confront the bear.

    It bit my thigh, ran his claws through my wrist and proceeded to attack my head," Sommer recalled Tuesday.

    He still had his pistol in his hand and was going to shoot the bear in the neck when it swatted his arm down, Sommer said.

    "Just like that it stopped. He stopped biting me, he got up and started to run away," said Sommer, who splits his time among Idaho, Missouri and Florida.

    His hunting partner had been able to deploy the rest of his bear spray, ending the attack Sommer estimated lasted about 25 seconds.

    "It could have been a lot worse," he said.

    Sommer reportedly shot his pistol into the air as the bear retreated, but did not hit the animal, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks spokesman Greg Lemon said.

    After the mauling, Sommer found his bear spray canister. His hunting partner had some blood coagulation powder and they made a turban, stopping the bleeding after about 15 minutes.


    They walked a mile back to their spike camp and rode mules another 4 miles out to their base camp, followed by a 2-hour ride in a pickup truck to get to the hospital in Ennis.

    "Through it all I was very conscious, very level headed and low key about it," said Sommer. "Besides some scars, it doesn't appear that I will have any problems."

    "I've been a hunter my whole life," said Sommer, 57. "I have no grievance against the bear. He was just doing what bears do. But I would have shot him just the same."

    The incident was reported as self-defense and authorities were still looking into it Tuesday, Lemon said.

    FWP does not anticipate any “management action” related to the grizzly but the Forest Service is posting warning signs in the area, he added.
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  8. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Now there's a buncha people who are deeply reconsidering their plans to camp on next Summer's bike trips. :lol3
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  9. bikerfish

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    while not a grizzly issue, we were camping this past weekend in potter county PA on a fishing trip, in the woods not far behind a friends cabin. My buddy and I had set up our tents(too hot in the cabin, they can't leave the wood stove alone!!) and were inside the cabin having some drinks and planning the next days fishing, around midnight we decided to retire for the night, going out, I turned on my headlamp and my tent was gone, nothing left but the ground cloth, I turned towards my buddy's tent and his was smashed. At first I thought some hilljacks had messed with our stuff, but upon closer inspection we found evidence of a bear. My tent was 150 feet from where I put it up, totally trashed, my thermarest and pillow were bit numerous times, yet my sleeping bag was left alone. Neither of us had ANYTHING that had a scent in the tent, no food, no toiletries, nothing. Both of us are experienced campers in bear country, east and west, and we know the precautions to take. The bastard even chewed on my crocs!! I think we're lucky we didn't go to bed an hour earlier, while we may have scared the bear away, we may have made it even madder. I do carry bear spray when in the woods, but we've camped here for years, and the spray was tucked safely in my fly fishing gear in the truck, so that would have been no good. We did talk to the local game warden the next morning and let him know. He says people may have been feeding this bear in the area, and now it has become a problem bear. Hopefully somebody in the area does well this coming bear season!!
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  10. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    Wow! It's one thing to be a hunter and an entirely different experience to be the hunted. He sure got his money's worth, I can feel his adrenaline from my lounge chair, what's that funny smell?
    Hunting relies on stealth which is just the ingredient for coming upon a prey/predator unexpectedly. My friend in Homer told me that the bears on Kodiak are attracted by a gun shot, on arrival at the source of the gun shot they're expecting a fresh kill waiting for them. I don't know if he was pulling my leg, but you would want to be a good shot so that the bear was not disappointed.
    Cheers,
    Mark.
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  11. White Raven

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    Too bad for attack, but you were the one hunting. Should have had shit together.... Dad put three arrows into Black bear charging him. Bear fell at Dad feet as bled out... Imagine everyone may panic and worry before finding victim found made stupid mistakes...
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