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    I'll never be attacked by a bear these days, since I can't help but 'mark' my own shoes every time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeRoss View Post
    I'll never be attacked by a bear these days, since I can't help but 'mark' my own shoes every time.
    Hal Schocky (Jim's dad) stated on the TV show one time that Viagra will help with that particular problem.

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    Thousands of nights in tents with meat in the tent, outside the tent, by salmon streams, blueberry fields. No fence/mothballs/coffee grounds/ vinegar/radios/urine circles. Nothing. Had bears sniff the tent, step over guy lines, and that's it. Never any food taken, tents trashed or anything.
    Looks like zippers work too....lol

    Only takes one bear to make a horrible memory though.
    I'd vote for the fence. Can be used to a lot of things, rafts, meat piles, tents, atv's, airplanes. Wife's garden to keep moose out.
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    Buy a bear tag.

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    Lol sometimes that keeps them wayyyy far away. I have shot a few in my underwear though...uh while I was in MY underwear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BRWNBR View Post
    Lol sometimes that keeps them wayyyy far away. I have shot a few in my underwear though...uh while I was in MY underwear.
    I've shot a couple in my socks.......
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    I also piss a circle, though I tend to not do it until I have meat in camp. This year, first night out just before dark, bam, two "bears" in camp making a huge racket. I got my gun ready, lowered the flap, and yup, two huge bull moose(day before the season)... would not leave...they were waiting for that cow that was calling to come out of the tent... I never saw them again, and never saw another moose until 10 days later...lol

    Any way... piss around camp.. up and down the river bank where I anticipate a bear traveling. I also carry glo sticks, and put them around my meat if I shoot one right before dark, and can't get it back that night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anchorrivercrowds View Post
    ...I also carry glo sticks, and put them around my meat if I shoot one right before dark, and can't get it back that night.
    Side point on that. Last fall we used Caribou Gear Game Bags and they have reflective tabs on them that made it VERY easy to see our meat bags after dark while we were packing. Pan that headlamp across the gravel bar and BOOM! No problem at all finding that kill site. I'll do a review on those bags later. First time I have been impressed at the performance of a synthetic bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Buy a bear tag.
    Works every time

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    Ive had them "toe the line" but never cross with a piss fence.....ever.

    drying Smelts, herring, Whitefish, Salmon, Caribou full in the racks, along the river banks where we stay and they wander along.

    Dogs are not well liked by Bears , either, and vicy/versey......as well a good dog can go with ya in the brush, all the do da day if thats where you wander....
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    image.jpgWe made our own. Relatively cheap compared to commercially available unit and can make it as big or small as we want. Fiberglass poles, plastic insulators, 3 250' rolls of poly wire and an energizer that uses 6 d batteries. Takes about an hour to set up. Don't know if we ever needed it, but it helps us sleep better at night.

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    Bumping an old thread. Heading up to Unit 23 in a few weeks for a caribou float hunt. Seems like lots of grizz in the area based on any hunt reports I can find. So, what would the recommendation be for camp, meat pile and raft? I don't buy to buy/bring three bear fences. Maybe piss circle around camp, bear fence around meat and just keep a clean raft? But I'd rather a bear get my meat then mess with me/my tent. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OATS View Post
    Jack, you are correct grounding can be a problem. Whether it's dry ground, frozen ground, inadequate penetration, etc. The easy away around this is to run ground wires parallel with hot wires around the same perimeter. I alternate a positive and negative wire 6" apart all the way around and don't even mess with a ground. The animal must touch two wires simultaneously to get hit, but with a large critter this is not a problem.
    This is my thinking. The bears are aggressive on the kenai killing my chickens and othe bears both brown and black. Common for bears to walk through electric fences here so use the every other approach for wiring to help. But keep your food out of sleep are in easy shooting distance and keep gun ready cause a determined bear isnt bothered by a fence. Everything on earth probably avoids human waste especially after mountain house........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sollybug View Post
    This is my thinking. The bears are aggressive on the kenai killing my chickens and othe bears both brown and black. Common for bears to walk through electric fences here so use the every other approach for wiring to help. But keep your food out of sleep are in easy shooting distance and keep gun ready cause a determined bear isnt bothered by a fence. Everything on earth probably avoids human waste especially after mountain house........
    I keep a large caliber handgun in the tent for surprises at night along with a high quality flashlight with an adjustable beam. Piss fence has always worked for me. In camp and in the field. Never had a problem. Been camping in the sticks in tents since I was a little squirt. I'm 66 now and still haven't been eaten and neither has my meat. Well at least not by a bear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SmokeRoss View Post
    I keep a large caliber handgun in the tent for surprises at night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    You and me both brother....
    You can also keep your tent mates on high alert while you sleep. Just wait until everyone is just drifting off the sleep, and then announce, "Did you hear that? Sounded like a bear." They will lie there wide awake while you enjoy a good nights slumber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    That's impressive. I can usually only piss for a minute or so. Can't imagine pissing the entire time I was in camp.
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    Has anyone ever heard of using a gallon of bleach mixed in a 5 gallon bucket of water set out? Had a buddy say he talked to an old timer and that's what he did and had never heard of it before so just curious.

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    Just had a bear shred my camp. Had pissed around. Went to go glass for sheep a couple hours after breakfast and didn’t think anything would come by. Came back at lunch time and a bear shredded my tent and bag and my food 😟. That was a costly mistake ended my hunt early and lost gear. The black bear came back while I was cleaning up and ended up with a bullet in the chest. So, luckily I wasn’t stuck in the middle of nowhere without food or shelter. I learned a lesson and will take bears seriously. Maybe pack some mothballs 😂

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