i have a deer trip planned to the port chalmers cabin (northwest side of island) on montague in mid novermber. we are all trying to decide what caliber guns to bring. we want to bring smaller caliber rifles but arent sure about the amount of bears we may encounter. i was just wondering if anyone had insight to when the bears start to den up? should we just bring the smaller caliber rifles with a bear backup pistol? or should we all go with our larger caliber rifles that could be used as dual purpose deer and bear defense (if needed)? any help would be appreciated.