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#188160 - 11/12/09 11:26 PM Bear spray - any opinions
jay2 Offline

Registered: 11/14/06
Posts: 35
Loc: idaho
Which is best, and what do I look for as far as reach, effectiveness, type or ingredients that are essential?

#188161 - 11/13/09 12:21 AM Re: Bear spray - any opinions [Re: jay2]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
I would go with the stream type rather than the fog type, myself. I probably wouldn't be paying attention to which way the wind is blowing, and disabling and seasoning myself for the bear would seem to be counterproductive.



#188167 - 11/13/09 12:50 AM Re: Bear spray - any opinions [Re: Susan]
clearwater Offline
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Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 1163
Loc: Channeled Scablands
I'd check and see what big game hunting guides recommend.

#188172 - 11/13/09 02:52 AM Re: Bear spray - any opinions [Re: clearwater]
Pete Offline

Registered: 02/20/09
Posts: 1372
Are you talking about spraying grizzlies?
That's pretty gutsy.


#188174 - 11/13/09 03:27 AM Re: Bear spray - any opinions [Re: Pete]
jaywalke Offline

Registered: 12/22/07
Posts: 172
Loc: Appalachian mountains
Originally Posted By: Pete
Are you talking about spraying grizzlies?
That's pretty gutsy.


No, you use this to keep bears from sticking in the frying pan.

(Please pardon me. It's been a very long day :-)

#188178 - 11/13/09 05:00 AM Re: Bear spray - any opinions [Re: jaywalke]
Art_in_FL Offline

Registered: 09/01/07
Posts: 2432
Get the strongest pepper spray you can find and if you need to use it use plenty of it.

Some time ago I was reading an article that suggested that too frequent, and ineffective exposure to pepper spray has allowed some bears to develop a taste for food spiced with pepper spray. Knowing my luck I would get the grizzly that likes his hikers extra spicy. I guess that once I recognized that the bear likes the spray, assuming I lived that long, I could spray another hiker and run.

#188181 - 11/13/09 05:46 AM Re: Bear spray - any opinions [Re: Art_in_FL]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka

(I hate just posting a link, but it is late here is and this saves me typing a lot of words)
May set off to explore without any sense of direction or how to return.

#188187 - 11/13/09 09:56 AM Re: Bear spray - any opinions [Re: scafool]
dweste Offline

Registered: 02/16/08
Posts: 2463
Loc: Central California
A comprehensive link with advice:


You are going to want to review the whole topic of bear country disciplines, use of bear cannisters for food, ecetera. Here's another link:


Edited by dweste (11/13/09 10:08 AM)

#188189 - 11/13/09 10:23 AM Re: Bear spray - any opinions [Re: dweste]
fasteer Offline

Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 63
Loc: away

#188198 - 11/13/09 02:02 PM Re: Bear spray - any opinions [Re: fasteer]
DannyL Offline

Registered: 02/22/08
Posts: 103
Loc: SE Alaska
This is good stuff....


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