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    Default What to take on a Brown Bear Hunt

    Ok, I know there has been a lot of discussion what equipment to take on sheep hunts. What about a four wheeler brown bear hunt?

    I have rode into Chicken Ridge last year on a caribou hunt and I have an idea what to take but what am I forgetting?

    6 man guide tent
    good sleeping bag and pad
    stove, jet boil and small butane burner
    knives - sharp
    saw
    food
    rifle and ammo
    pack
    game bags
    optics
    range finder
    small tarp
    rain gear

    Please let me know what you would bring. Two guys, two four wheeler (no trailer).

    Thanks in advance.

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    The same crap I take on a 4-wheeler caribou or moose hunt. Your list looks fine.
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    What to bring on a brown bear hunt? A big @$$ gun. No smaller than .375 caliber.
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    Maybe some salt if you will be out a while after you get one.
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    1. Whiskey
    2. Bear Tag (if applicable)
    3. Tire repair kit (been there)
    4. A good First Aid kit (see #1)
    5. A Sat phone (see #4 and #1)

    Besides those.. Your list looks pretty good to me! Have fun! (grin)

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    Quote Originally Posted by highestview View Post
    What to bring on a brown bear hunt? A big @$$ gun. No smaller than .375 caliber.
    Oh...here we go.....

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    A hunting partner that runs slower than you...
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    I'd take BRWNBR.

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    Get a utility knife handle and some roofing blades. This setup is the best I have ever used for making the long straight cuts needed for skinning a bear. Trust me you will keep one from now on after trying it.

    If you kill one and have to wait to skin it, make sure to lay it out in the skinning position before rigor sets up, they are a pain to skin all stiff.

    A pair of skinning gloves, bears can carry diseases that can be transferred through cuts. Google bear or seal finger.

    A small handy hook like this is hard to beat for holding onto a greasy bear while skinning.

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    I like that idea Kingfisherktn! Cept he's really fast.... but I doubt he ever ran from a bear, so you might be alright!

    I will add a couple of things that you'll need to consider for your trip, and that's extra gas. Takes up a lot of space and weighs a lot. Also, don't forget tools and a tow rope. Would hate to get way out there and your don't have what you need to make repairs or tow one back in.
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    might look into, 'Havalon skinng knifes', scapel sharp and with replaceable blades, best thing I've found for close skinng, splitting lips, turning ears etc, helps provide the best care for a hide in the field. Not expensive. And great for anyone wanting to do a good skinning job, sheep hunters etc. Can't get any sharper.

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    Toilet paper and good advice from your taxidermist before heading out :-).

    Best of luck to you, and have a safe hunt.

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    Loin cloth and a big knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abel View Post
    Loin cloth and a big knife.
    Don't take a knife with less than a ten inch blade.Loin cloth should be removed just before kill and thrown in bear face. Do not forget to keep grinning whenever the bear can see your face
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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    A pair of skinning gloves, bears can carry diseases that can be transferred through cuts. Google bear or seal finger.
    +1 I got a nasty infection last year from a very small poke from the tip of my knife. It felt like continuoulsly slamming my hand in a car door for about a day and a half.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denalihunter View Post
    A hunting partner that runs slower than you...
    LMAO!! That's rich!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    A pair of skinning gloves, bears can carry diseases that can be transferred through cuts. Google bear or seal finger.
    Oh so very true...I remember years ago reading about a guy in Anchorage that was da*n near on his deathbed. They had no idea what was killing him. They kept asking him over and over what he had done differently lately. He finally said he had killed a grizzly. They asked if there were any problems related to that. Of course THEN he had remembered that he had cut himself and skinned the whole thing out with the wound open. Had he not remembered he may have died.

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    i tried gloves once but they kept breaking when i'd cut myself or on broken bones, i average one cut per bear on my hands...guess i'm more invincible that i orginally thought. never got anysort of infection, or almost died...yet.
    second the gas idea...thats good for lots of things.
    second the sat phone too....
    contractor bags are nice, i always have some of thsoe with me for hides or can be cut and used for a tarp or shelter. multi use. pretty handy.
    flashlight/batteries
    common sense
    a buddy
    respect for what your hunting, treat it special....brown bears are.

    other than that your list is great, don't overthink it your going hunting not a job interview.
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    a .22 pistol, so you can shoot your buddy in the leg and make your get away!
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    Quote Originally Posted by duckslayer56 View Post
    a .22 pistol, so you can shoot your buddy in the leg and make your get away!
    Takes care of any hunting partners that are faster than you are!

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