I have spent a lot of time in the woods and have never had a fear of either cougars or bears anywhere in the lower 48. Alaska is a different story and I always carried a shotgun alternating slugs and 00 buckshot up there.
But, there are a lot more bears and cougars in my home state than there used tobe. A healthy animal fitting into its place in the environment is generally predictable and, common sense and a bit of training will defuse most situations. The animal I am worried about is the aging, injured, or sick one that is unable to function in its normal spot in the food chain. Then, you face the chance that good common sense and a bit of training will not fill the bill, and we are slow and easy prey...unless we have a means to protect ourselves, whether pepper spray or weapon. That is why I usually carry a Glock 9mm. It is not a rifle or a shotgun, but it is convenient to carry, has a bunch of rounds, and serves as defense for a number of contingencies. I wish I didn't have to carry anything, like I used to, but I worry about the starving, aging, animal who is desperate for something to eat.
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Originally Posted by 1773
Want to say +1 on a couple of your points and that is
-the small amount of time you have to deploy your bear spray so have it in a holster , vest pocket or some where you can get it immediately
-Situational awareness. One of the biggest tools/weapons you can have is an awareness of what is happening at the moment,, listening watching and feeling while your in the woods especially with encounters of predators. If you don't have much experience around bears its good to study bear behavior from people who its part of their life work, their job etc. Unfortunately too many people have opinions and attitudes that are not really based on a body of experience or knowledge.
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"A TRUE GRIZZLY BEAR STORY"
ďMany of you know that Ron, was attacked by a grizzly bear last weekend in Wyoming , while bow hunting elk with his dad. Ron amazing came through with non life threatening injuries. Ron, who is an experienced hunter and used to be a guide, was calling an elk for his dad, who was down hill 40 yards. The elk suddenly spooked and then Ron heard a noise behind him. He turned around and a grizzly was 15 feet behind him. He tried to shoo it away but it proceeded toward him. He went behind a tree and the bear kept coming, so he took off on his Ďdeath runí down hill towards his dad. With the grizzly just feet behind his son, and running full speed, Ronís dad shot one arrow. Ron saw the arrow fly by his leg, unsure of whether it hit the bear, and within a few more steps, Ron was on his back with the grizzly on top of him. With is arms shielding his head, Ron kicked and punched the bear with all he had. Ron said it all went to fast and he was so full of adrenaline, he could not feel any pain at the time of the attack. When the bear continued to attack, Ronís dad, could see that the bear was bleeding badly from the arrow, and he went over and started beating on the bear with his bow (You can not carry guns during bow hunting, so he had nothing to shoot it). The bear continued to attack Ron, biting clear through his left hand and glove, and down to the bone of his right arm just below the elbow. Then the bear, stopped, looking at Ronís dad, walked away several yards, and rolled over dead. The bear was autopsied and showed that it was well over 500 lbs (the grizzlies in that area average 350lbs) and 11 years old (which is in itís prime). Following the path of the arrow, the autopsy showed that the arrow went in, hit a main artery, then bent, and hit the heart! A one in a thousand shot they said. Another important fact to mention and that gave me chills is that Ronís dad had had surgery on his arm, because he had injured his arm and was not even able to pull the bow last season. This was to be his big hunt, and before the day of the attack, he had already missed two elk that were standing still. The morning of the attack, Ronís dad (also named Ron), prayed ĎGod please guide my arrow todayí.Little did Ron Sr. and Ron know how God would guide his arrow that day!Ē http://gothunts.com/grizzly-attacks-wyoming-bowhunter/
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That was an absolutely amazing story. Thank you for taking the trouble to recount it. So glad it had a happy ending.
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As my granny sez..."if it got a mouth, it bites"
Got thrown off a horse right in front of a 500 pound black bear and it kept eating then ambled away...but I wouldn't wanna count on that happening everytime.
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