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Posted June 11, 2014 - 08:46 AM

I want to get a can or two of good bear spray for up at the farm. I know Black Bears aren't prone to attacking Humans, but I don't want anyone in the family making the news headlines either.

My thought on buying something like this is go big or go home. I have been doing research online and am more confused than before... What's more important, oil base/ water base, SHU, % of OC, distance shooting, quantity in the can... ?

I want it to work, work fast, and leave no room for error and less room for back spray. It also needs to be wearable for a walk in the woods without feeling like the person is carrying a fire extinguisher.


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Posted June 11, 2014 - 10:29 AM

I saw your other post Alan about the bear sighting. I take it you are still being visited by your unwelcome guest. I don't have any info on sprays but sure hope that you find something that will bring peace of mind.

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 11:16 AM

Does the government have any recommendations? Fish & Game, Park Service, etc.

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 11:29 AM

Go to some backpacking web sites and search for Bear Spray. There are a lot of opinions on the different ones. You will want a holster to hold it and there a number of different ones of those also. I backpack in bear country and just pile a few rocks and pots and pans outside the tent door, the noise and rocks usually scares them off.

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 01:51 PM

Bear spray?  New one to me.  Glad no such problem by me, kinda weird!  A little Daniel Boone that don't go away, I guess?

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 03:09 PM

I really don't have any experience with bears or bear spray, but I do like to watch Expedition Wild and I see Casey carries a can of bear spray about the size of a paint can and it looks like it clips on. I checked out his site and he offers Bear Spray

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 06:27 PM

I think I'd rather have my bear spray in a 30.06 caliber!

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 07:02 PM

Sorry, I can't help you with a recommendation for a spray. Up here the experts tell us to

make yourself look big, by waving your arms. Also, to yell and scream at the bear. They are afraid

of people. Don't run away. They will chase.

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 07:58 PM

Black bears are very dangerous, if they attack they mean to make you a meal, they are not just territorial like grizzlys are. Don't lay down and play dead, fight for all you're worth.
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Posted June 11, 2014 - 08:10 PM

I think I'd rather have my bear spray in a 30.06 caliber!

I was thinking on the same lines, but in semi or full auto :D

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 08:16 PM

I think the two most important are the OC% and the distance. It will take a second for the bear to realize that that stuff hurts so the more distance between it and you when you spray him the more "buffer zone" you have. The OC% will dictate how much it will burn and disrupt its breathing.


I have never bought bear spray so take it for what its worth.

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 08:26 PM

i am told that a noise maker to wear as you hike, a real good (loud) boat horn, and a can of pepper spray are must if you are going out where the bear might be. genem

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 08:38 PM

My way of thinking is to use a 155MM self-propelled howitzer! Bore sight the sucker and let her rip! Won't be enough left for them to charge you with killing a bear out of season! And it's good for 20+ miles, so you don't have to get too close!

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Posted June 11, 2014 - 10:07 PM

Two words: assault rifle - a healthy spray of bullets will take care of that bear.


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Posted June 12, 2014 - 07:27 AM

I hear if you poop your pants and play dead they will leave ya alone....let us know how it works :poke:  :poke:  :bigrofl:



Seriously though, I have no ideas :D

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