I would like to get peoples' opinion on the following gun choices for a 2 week moose and caribou DIY float hunt.
My hunting rifle will be my 7mm Rem Mag, and it will most likely remain in a case when floating. I am trying to decide on a gun to keep on the raft within reach when floating, around camp, and be capable to put an agressive bear down if needed. These are the options I am looking at. I do not own any of these yet, and I am open to other sugestions.
1 - Marlin lever action in 45-70 (with open or peep sights)
2 - Shotgun loaded with hard cast slugs and fully rifled barrel
3 - Large caliber handgun (make, model, barrel length, and caliber needed)
At first I was leaning toward the shotgun. But I think the rifle would be better incase I need to go after a bull in heavy cover, or happen upon one when rounding a bend when floating. Yet, a handgun would always be on my side incase of trouble.
Now the topic of bear spray. I think having some would work well in the following type of situations.
1 - Having a bear get to close for comfort when cutting up downed game
2 - Deterring a bear from bugging camp or hanging meat
3 - Accidently coming across a bear at close range when stalking a bull to get the bear out of the way without scaring away the game
How many cans would you sugest for a 2 week trip?