Bear fence?

Discussion in 'Backpack Hunting' started by sdkidaho, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. sdkidaho

    sdkidaho Well-Known Member

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    Wondering what your opinions are on bear fence for backpacking. Worth it?

    Anyone that uses it, I'd love to hear about it.
     
  2. Tim in Washington

    Tim in Washington Well-Known Member

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    depends on where you are going.In the Bob Marshall or Scapegoat wilderness YES !
     

  3. sdkidaho

    sdkidaho Well-Known Member

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    Lets just assume bear country. ;)
     
  4. cowboy

    cowboy Well-Known Member

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    Electric fence works on bears to a certain extent. Nothing is full proof. We've had quite a few times when a deer or moose took out an electric fence then you got nothing. Keep a clean camp is still number one and never think that everything is ok because you've got some wire/tape strung up.

    We like it as it allows us to move or stock around for grazing and then you don't get the impact on the land.
     
  5. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    Airplane owners will set them up around their planes out in the wilds to keep the bears away and they are generally talked about positively. I know folks on Kodiak Island run them around their remote homes also, and feel they're effective.

    If you've ever watched the researcher's videos, then it's clear the bears strongly dislike getting poked.
     
  6. bigbuck454

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    Really? I’m planning on a hunt in the Bob. Why do you say it’s that bad? I’ve only tent camped in the Grand Tetons for Grizzly country. Any other tricks or tips that you can give me?

    Thanks
    Mark (in Washington)
     
  7. Tim in Washington

    Tim in Washington Well-Known Member

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    I was in the Scapegoat for 10 days last Sept.there were huge Grizzly tracks everywhere.Game warden there said they have one of the highest Grizzly populations in the lower 48 states
    Tim
     
  8. bigbuck454

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    Oh-boy… So I take it that you have a fence then? If so, what kind? Do you have any other tips backpacking into grizzly country besides the typical don’t cook where you sleep, don’t be alone, etc… Did you see any wolves?
     
  9. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

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    Of course we have a good # of bears.Because they shut the season down in 1990,from a judge inDC.I had a tag the bears havent been hunted since then.They have no preditor .You have to highline food,or they ticket you.You are also suppose to have no carcass near a trail,sooooo its not real easy to move a carcass if you where lucky enough to get one on trail.
     
  10. yama49

    yama49 Well-Known Member

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    Hunt in northern bc, grizzlys everywhere expect when i have a tag:rolleyes: This isn't protection, but gives u a heads up . PackAlarm Just bought one
     
  11. rick523

    rick523 Well-Known Member

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    Interesting, Kinda like ringing the dinner bell :D hopefully the high pitch would run whatever off. I was pictureing myself trying to get out of a sleeping bag at 2 in the morning when that thing went off. :rolleyes:
     
  12. mad mountain mike

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    Since the grizzly hunt here in Alberta has been cancelled we are starting to see more bears as well. In the last six sheep hunting seasons I have seen as few as 3 bears and as many as 8 in one season. I have considered using a bear fence during the day while I'm away from camp but not at night. I believe that more deer and elk would get caught up in it than bears. Keep a clean camp, loaded rifle and sleep light and all will be well. IMHO.