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    Default Anyone Carry Bear Spray?

    Just curious....a little more weight but a piece of mind.

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    Friends carry it in griz country. I don't, but it's probably a good idea in places like Glacier and Banff.
    "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how." ---Dr. Seuss

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    If it makes you more comfortable carry it.

    I intend on carrying it when I go with my son.

    Same reason as you, cheap insurance.

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    only for entertainment purposes

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    Not needed on the AT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feral Bill View Post
    Friends carry it in griz country. I don't, but it's probably a good idea in places like Glacier and Banff.

    Also known to some bruins as a condament .

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    You'll have to chase the bears on the AT to spray the stuff at them. : - )

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    Can you tell me about bear etiquite. Many people when I mention the AT. say I'll turn up a bear food. So when was the last time there was a bear attack in the East and the West. My quess common sense goes a long way. More dangerous crossing the street in town.
    Is my newbie showing?

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    I do ! A Charter Arms Bulldog in 44 special !

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdb View Post
    Just curious....a little more weight but a piece of mind.
    a gun is better

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    S&W .357 Mag, 26 ounces loaded with 5
    Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacific Tortuga View Post
    Also known to some bruins as a condament .
    I always thought that stuff would anger a bear more than anything else, giving it more incentive to do you in. More likely to need bear spray for use on a trail psycho or hitchhike gone wrong.

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    Ever spray Bear Spray?

    Try it. Look out for prevailing winds.

    Odds are, you'll end up hurting yourself more than a bear.
    up over the hills, theres nothing to fear
    theres a pub across the way with whisky and beer
    its a lengthy journey on the way up to the top
    but it ain't so bad if you have a great big bottle o'scotch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryce View Post
    Can you tell me about bear etiquite. Many people when I mention the AT. say I'll turn up a bear food. So when was the last time there was a bear attack in the East and the West. My quess common sense goes a long way. More dangerous crossing the street in town.
    Is my newbie showing?
    I don't know where you would find a list of non-fatal bear attacks, but this seems to be fairly accurate listing of fatal attacks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._North_America

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    I carry it in town.

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    The only hikers I ever met that had "problems" with bears also had dirty camps. Go figure!

    Now if I were in grizzly country and could not carry a gun then I would carry some spray and keep away from those with a dirty camp
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    a gun is better

    I thought of a gun also but I read two different articles that said when a gun was used on the bear the person with the gun was attacked and injured more than 50% of the time. When Bear Spray was used it was shown to be 98% effective.

    If you google Bear Spray you'll find the articles.

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    The gun isn't for the bears... It's for the gunman.

    I have a magical carabeaner that keeps the bears away. I haven't been eaten yet. Prove me wrong.
    up over the hills, theres nothing to fear
    theres a pub across the way with whisky and beer
    its a lengthy journey on the way up to the top
    but it ain't so bad if you have a great big bottle o'scotch

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    mmmmmmm....... beer spray......


    .....ohhh it says bear spray, sorry caught me daydreaming

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    I usually carry a small can of pepper spray. Good for dogs, angry unreasonable people, and would give me something to do (spray the bear) while he was eating me. All bears on the AT don't run away. Had one in the smokies walk right up to me. He was about 25 feet away before he decided to go around me. See pics in my gallery. You can see the flash of the camera in his eyes.
    If you find yourself in a fair fight; your tactics suck.

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