Backcountry Camping Advice (YellowStone N.P., Grand Teton N.P., Glacier N.P.)

Discussion in 'Backpacking' started by BLC3128, May 29, 2019.


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  1. kolob10

    kolob10 Active Member

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    I have hunted Wyoming and Utah over the years for antelope, mule deer and Elk. I always carry a large bore revolver in a handy holster. Years ago, before one could legally carry in Yellowstone, my sons and I manage to get between a sow black bear and her cubs. It was a close call but we remained calm and she only offered a couple bluff charges until she retreated. I have had close encounters with a couple grizzlys in Wyoming up around the park. Be mindful of possibilities and make plenty of noise while hiking if possible. I have a friend who had to kill a grizzly up in Alaska a few years ago. He was salmon fishing and a young male charged him several times in bluff charges before he came in for the attack. He had to fire three times to stop the charge. The bear died about 6 feet from him. His gun of choice was a short barreled 12 gauge pump with slugs. He was delayed a couple days waiting on the fish and game department to investigate and clear him of any charges. Luckily he had a couple witnesses. Many years ago, I purchased a 454 Casull revolver for carry in bear country. The guy I purchased the gun from was a landowner up in bear country in Montana. After a close call with a grizzly, he sold me the gun so he could purchase a bigger gun.
    Beautiful country! Enjoy and be safe!
     
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  2. 26Reload

    26Reload Well-Known Member

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    'By Rights' any American citizen(not including felons) do have the right to carry a firearm in just about any place within the US borders....it is call the 2nd Amendment....
    In Oregon the fish and game had not considered this when they made their rules for hunting...which a few years ago had to be retracted because the state attorney general stepped in and said they had no right to tell someone that because they we're bowhunting elk or deer, in a unit where bear and cougar were also open, that the person could not carry the firearm to hunt bear and cougar because that person still has the right for self preservation.....the fish and game rewrote the rules simply stating that the animal you were hunting had to be taken by the weapon that the season dictated....
    So basically....by oregon statutes now written you can fight any court case to keep and bear arms practically anywhere...
     
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  3. Salmonchaser

    Salmonchaser Well-Known Member

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    Always love the argument I’ve sprayed three shot two I’m still here, have fun you’re more likely to be struck by lightning in Yellowstone
     
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  4. CO_Guy

    CO_Guy Well-Known Member

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    This is not true, as is not true that bear bells do not work. If anyone is worried about panicking, then forget about being accurate with a sidearm. Ask the guy that was charged and killed after taking pix of a sow cubs, and then didn't even have time to remove his sidearm from the holster. Awareness will get you further than any plan for what do to when being unaware. I have a friend that lives, works and hikes deep into in Yellowstone, now for 29 years, and all he uses are bells and spray.
     
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  5. Dry Heat?

    Dry Heat? Well-Known Member

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    As long as the attacking Bear is courteous enough to attack from down wind, spray works. The wind doesn’t effect my 4” .500 S&W or the 375 gr Barnes XPBs that it spits out. I’ll go with Smith
     
  6. BLC3128

    BLC3128 Well-Known Member

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    Thank you!
     
  7. BLC3128

    BLC3128 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks again to those contributing to the OP.

    Side note- I am very aware of the legalities.

    I would really appreciate if this post would not turn into a political debate or a suggestion on what handgun is the 100%of the time answer for a charging bear DRT.. I have plenty of options to choose, but at the upper end of my collection, the 44 mag is what I am most comfortable with.

    Thanks again for everyone’s advice!
     
  8. Muddyboots

    Muddyboots Well-Known Member

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    Maybe this sign will say it all for bells and pepper spray?
     

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  9. Hubby45

    Hubby45 Well-Known Member

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    I can recommend a couple of good steak houses if you come into the North Yellowstone Entrance via Gardiner Montana:
    “Cowboys” is right at the bridge over Yellowstone River in town, or
    “Yellowstone Mine” on the main road into Gardiner (next to the Best Western).
    Great Ribeyes at both.
    Have a great trip and let us know hope it goes.
     
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  10. George Dean

    George Dean Well-Known Member

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    If she lacks proficiency, she could beat it to death with a pistol, better than with a stick. (sarcasm) Push comes to shove, a novice with a pistol stands a much better chance than one with none. Play it safe.
     
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