I hear grizzlies consider it a wonderful condiment.I spay bear spray around my bear hunting blind. Helps attract the bears.
When we were around 17 or so , hunting in the trinity alpsThe one scenario that really spooks the bejesus out of me is returning to a kill site to pick up remaining quarters. Even hung up 100+ yards from kill is an interesting mental challenge! I often thought how nice to have a Benelli M4 with full bore slugs under this scenario!
Bear spray does carry with the wind. A situation where the wind is blowing in your face while using bear spray during an attack may just incapacitate you to the point where you could not use your hand gun effectively.
Some people prefer their food spicy (I’m one of them)….perhaps some bears acquire a taste for it over the years and find unseasoned outdoorsmen bland!Just add salt to the pepper spray, and you'd be salt and peppered. Taste better.
Not only that you'll be properly seasoned why hacking, gagging, throwing up, and blind.Bear spray does carry with the wind. A situation where the wind is blowing in your face while using bear spray during an attack may just incapacitate you to the point where you could not use your hand gun effectively.
Even a light .44mag is punishing for a lot of people to shoot.I had a real life experience about 12 years ago, my hunting partner had bear spray, and I carried a 44 magnum pistol. We had a black bear that kept showing up all morning as we were hunting elk, and seem to be following us. We tried the yelling and screaming and telling the bearer to go away, it didn’t seem to be working for this bear. At one point we finally stood our ground and the bear just kept walking slowly towards us growling and popping his jaw. He got within about 15 feet and my partner sprayed him with bear spray, at that point it really upset him and he accelerated his move in on us. I already had my 44 magnum pistol drawn and aimed at him he got to about 6 feet from us and I fired striking him in his left eye and killed him instantly. It was asked earlier why a 44 magnum instead of one of the larger caliber pistols. I’m very accurate with my 44 mag, and the follow up shots are just as accurate. I tried a 500 Smith & Wesson, and it was not as accurate for me. I found a 44 mag to be more trustworthy for me . So I always carry my pistol, I don’t worry about the bear spray.
What is a cut load?I was archery bear hunting in MN when I saw an old cinnamon boar chase two young mothers and their children out of a berry patch.
I returned with an old Ithaca double 12 GA shotgun with one barrel loaded with a slug and the other barrel stoked with a cut load.
The same old devil charged and I killed him within just a few feet from where I stood. His charge was no bluff.
I have serious thought bear spray would have been worthless.
When I opened the old shotgun, I discovered I had fired the cut load. The cut load blew up three neck bones and severed the spine.
A known fact of black bears is they appear to run close to you as if running around you and suddenly step in on you. That is exactly what that old devil did. He had a clear path to run in the other direction or around me.
Cut around the shot shell so that when you pull the trigger, the whole intact portion of the load shoots out the barrel. We used to call it reaming a shell.What is a cut load?