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    Default A question about Bear Spray in Alaska ??

    I'm heading up to Alaska in the fall to fish for silver salmon and rainbow trout, and have a question about bear spray.

    Is bear spray like sun screen? By that I mean once I'm out on the river do I just spray it on my hands, face, legs and arms like I would with sun screen? How often do I need to reapply it?

    Is it really effective at keeping the bears away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ysr_racer View Post
    I'm heading up to Alaska in the fall to fish for silver salmon and rainbow trout, and have a question about bear spray.

    Is bear spray like sun screen? By that I mean once I'm out on the river do I just spray it on my hands, face, legs and arms like I would with sun screen? How often do I need to reapply it?

    Is it really effective at keeping the bears away?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Good question, and I know of one incident where a user tried it rather than asking.

    Think "mace."

    Would you spray yourself with mace to keep the bad guys away?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mike h View Post
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    You don't spray it on yourself. It's a condiment if you do that. You must consume it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeRoss View Post
    You don't spray it on yourself. It's a condiment if you do that. You must consume it.
    Oh yeah.....bears LOVE condiments...!!!
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    I actually know of it happening once on a cleanup crew during the spill. The guy was a real know-it-all French scientist and general PITA to everyone on the crew. Had been bothered by mosquitoes and loved this American bug spray stuff. The crew had a run-in with a bear one day, and the guy got all freaky about it. Grabbed a can of bear spray from their bear guard and dowsed himself with it.

    Even after he quick screaming, crying and puking, he was so mad he quit the crew because everyone was laughing at him. Big time celebration in camp that night with the guy gone.

    Clearly bear spray is good for getting rid of pests, whether or not it's the best thing going for bears!

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    I've had the unfortunate experience of having bear mace spray on my abdomen and crotch area. That was a HORRIBLE experience that I don't want to duplicate. I had 1st degree burns in all the wrong places. Surprisingly, showering made it worse. This happened two years ago and I've washed the shirt and pants that were maced probably ten times. I wore the same pants last year not thinking about it since they had been washed numerous times. I just got to work in the morning and my crotch area started to burn. My mind started to race to figure out "why" my crotch was on FIRE. Within thirty minutes it became so unbearable I had to tell my supervisor that my crotch was "uncomfortable" and I had to go home to remedy the situation. I speeded home and jumped in the shower, which made the pain worse. After I got out of the shower I kept asking myself "what the heck is going on?" I was freaking out since I didn't know what was causing the burning sensation. I picked up my pants and smelled the crotch area. Right away I could pick up the smell of bear spray from a year ago on my pants, even after washing them numerous times. I threw those pants right in the trash as well as the shirt that I was wearing when I initially got maced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    I've had the unfortunate experience of having bear mace spray on my abdomen and crotch area. That was a HORRIBLE experience that I don't want to duplicate. I had 1st degree burns in all the wrong places. Surprisingly, showering made it worse. This happened two years ago and I've washed the shirt and pants that were maced probably ten times. I wore the same pants last year not thinking about it since they had been washed numerous times. I just got to work in the morning and my crotch area started to burn. My mind started to race to figure out "why" my crotch was on FIRE. Within thirty minutes it became so unbearable I had to tell my supervisor that my crotch was "uncomfortable" and I had to go home to remedy the situation. I speeded home and jumped in the shower, which made the pain worse. After I got out of the shower I kept asking myself "what the heck is going on?" I was freaking out since I didn't know what was causing the burning sensation. I picked up my pants and smelled the crotch area. Right away I could pick up the smell of bear spray from a year ago on my pants, even after washing them numerous times. I threw those pants right in the trash as well as the shirt that I was wearing when I initially got maced.
    Really...??? All that an you're not gonna tell us how you got it there in the first place...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    I've had the unfortunate experience of having bear mace spray on my abdomen and crotch area....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Really...??? All that an you're not gonna tell us how you got it there in the first place...
    I knew somebody would want the full story. I'll elaborate later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    I knew somebody would want the full story.

    But of course.......lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by ysr_racer View Post
    I'm heading up to Alaska in the fall to fish for silver salmon and rainbow trout, and have a question about bear spray.

    Is bear spray like sun screen? By that I mean once I'm out on the river do I just spray it on my hands, face, legs and arms like I would with sun screen? How often do I need to reapply it?

    Is it really effective at keeping the bears away?

    Thanks in advance.

    You can get the same results by simply slathering yourself with a ranch style dressing. Also less pain than pepper spray, when it hits something it shouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ysr_racer View Post
    I'm heading up to Alaska in the fall to fish for silver salmon and rainbow trout, and have a question about bear spray.

    Is bear spray like sun screen? By that I mean once I'm out on the river do I just spray it on my hands, face, legs and arms like I would with sun screen? How often do I need to reapply it?

    Is it really effective at keeping the bears away?

    Thanks in advance.
    I say yes sir, give it a shot let us know how this turned out for you

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    Brad - Get the SPF 40. I think it is best overall. Kept the Bears off you on the Nush.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    I've had the unfortunate experience of having bear mace spray on my abdomen and crotch area...
    I knew somebody would want the full story. I'll elaborate later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    I've had the unfortunate experience of having bear mace spray on my abdomen and crotch area. That was a HORRIBLE experience that I don't want to duplicate. I had 1st degree burns in all the wrong places. Surprisingly, showering made it worse. This happened two years ago and I've washed the shirt and pants that were maced probably ten times. I wore the same pants last year not thinking about it since they had been washed numerous times. I just got to work in the morning and my crotch area started to burn. My mind started to race to figure out "why" my crotch was on FIRE. Within thirty minutes it became so unbearable I had to tell my supervisor that my crotch was "uncomfortable" and I had to go home to remedy the situation. I speeded home and jumped in the shower, which made the pain worse. After I got out of the shower I kept asking myself "what the heck is going on?" I was freaking out since I didn't know what was causing the burning sensation. I picked up my pants and smelled the crotch area. Right away I could pick up the smell of bear spray from a year ago on my pants, even after washing them numerous times. I threw those pants right in the trash as well as the shirt that I was wearing when I initially got maced.
    It took you a full year to figure out you should toss the pants??

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    Quote Originally Posted by willphish4food View Post
    It took you a full year to figure out you should toss the pants??
    It sounds like it was the first time he had worn those pants since the incident, not like he was wearing them weekly since then and just now had a problem.

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    I can imagine how bad firecrotch would feel.

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