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Old 02-18-2017, 04:34 PM
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Long ago, camping in Colorado with wife#2, a bear came through in the middle of the night. She freaked out! Her thought was to frighten it away with fire, which she was going to get by burning the tent~!

All of the food was inside the car, but apparently the Coleman stove smelled good. The bear banged and banged on it trying to get it open ... ( I doubt we could have made any more noise banging on pots than the bear itself made! )

Anyway, it moved on. I suspect it visited this busy campground every night.
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Originally Posted by bunkerbuster View Post
Black bears are one thing, Grizzlies are a differing story..
If you ever have a "Griz" charge you.
You better have your ducks in a row, otherwise you are DEAD.
We weren't hunting it, IT WAS TRAILING US. (or the horses we were on)

Speaking of carrying a .50 BMG. . .Lol
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It sounds to me like you handled it just fine, other than possibly firing into the air. Putting one in the dirt would have been safer. What would you do differently now?
Like you said (firing my gun in the air), now when camping I am more responsible with my food and how I pack it away at night. Believe me, I did not want to fire my gun but in that moment I thought I had no other choice. I also now have 2 Akitas that would definitely keep a bear away (or at least give me notice that a bear was near) as that is what they are bread for. That being said, I pack 2 cans of 9.2oz bear spray (I have one and so does my father), I also have my 12 gauge in my tent and at the ready at all times now.
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Lesson to be learned here

1. Secure your food at least 50 ft up a tree

2. Do not assume that Bears are cuddly human loving creatures or that they are the scourge of man

3. If you are in bear country know how to ward off bears, carry bear spray or a firearm that will stop a bear (.45ACP, .44MAG, .454 Casull, 12GA, .45-70, etc.)

Basically know your surrounding/enviroment and always be prepared!


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