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Old 10-15-2016, 05:56 PM   #41
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Well, I took the Glock out for a trial, and at least I can hit the target most of the time, although without my reading glasses I have trouble seeing the sites. So, I guess if I get charged by a bear, I have to hope he will wait for me to find my glasses first. I bought a box of Buffalo Bore Heavy 10mm, 220 grain 1200fps high power rounds, and damn those things have a kick. I don't plan to fire any more of them, but will have them loaded when I carry the gun. Now, if the bears will just go to sleep for the winter, I won't have to worry about my lousy shooting.
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Old 10-15-2016, 07:20 PM   #42
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Just make sure the bear attacks while you are reading, then you'll have your glasses on already. Problem solved.
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Agreed! Being an easterner I never hike with more than bear spray. Perhaps I should consider this a little more when traveling out west. It's too much trouble to travel across state lines with guns so i guess I'll just have to take DaveB since he's retired now.


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Old 10-19-2016, 04:04 PM   #44
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... It's too much trouble to travel across state lines with guns...


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Well I'm not worried about transporting across most state lines Eric; it's those special regions with specific gun laws that can cause trouble. Usually a unloaded handgun in a locked container inaccessible to the driver and passengers will do provided the ammo is in a different locked box. It's places like National Parks, reservations, and certain districts have different laws you need to be aware of. Hard to take a trip w/o a visit to something like a national park! Also you need to be aware of the magazine limitations from state to state. California is a 10 round only state.

In all the years that I backpacked the Sierra's, I never needed to use a gun on an attacking animal but it was somewhat eyeopening to read a sign that said several maulings had occurred in a camp I have stayed at in the Wyoming area where brown bears exist. I'm more cautious in places like that. I'd bet most of the attacks were due to something stupid the people did but still, I'd rather be safe than sorry. Like having to confront someone breaking into your home when you're there... it's rare but it happens.
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Old 10-22-2016, 09:38 AM   #45
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I was motorcycle camping at Laird Hot Springs along the Alaska highway when the rangers came by and said they had a nuisance bear in camp and to be sure to properly store your food. They had tried everything to catch it in the huge trap they had on a trailer, but no luck. They also tried hazing it with rubber bullets, cracker shells and other anoying stuff, again no luck. That night I woke to loud voices, and the bear ran right by my tent with the rangers close behind. I never had time to get out of my sleeping bag before they were gone. The next morning, after a bad nights sleep, I discovered the guy I was camped with had left a block of cheese on the picnic table. No wonder they had trouble with bears, with so many stupid campers around.
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what about the big hump on Grizzilys ??
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