Bear spray or handgun? All this talk about Bear spray had me thinking today. For two reasons. The tests and or reports published, have not read them and don't want to, say the bear spray is the way to go basically. BUT I think the results are not good, would not be good info. I bet people prematurely blasted the spray off when there was no real threat or charge. Sure it may have turned the bear away or made him leave. But in a real charge I would never think it would work. Seen evidence of this. I have also seen a bear turned away on video, but the guy was hiding and blowing a call. It was not a charge and when the bear was right behind him he jumped out and sprayed the bear. Again I would still never trust spray in a real situation.
Secondly can you imagine being at Russian River Confluence, Sheep Creek, Willow Creek, where ever you choose when there are a lot of people fishing and a bear shows up. If the retards carrying Bear Spray freaked out and emptied a can, you would have a major situation. People would be more affected by the spray than the bear. Mass panic would set in. People could drown and so on.
But if people were armed with handguns, what I have seen mostly, they would wait till last minute and when there was a actually threat, not just a bear walking or coming close by. Sure there might be a guy who would shoot off a warning shot at some point, but that won't hurt nobody, I think that happened last year?
Basically I think people who choose bear spray don't really understand the bears and the actual threat they pose. If and when they do use the spray it is in my opinion not the right time or situation. From the videos I have seen and bits on YouTube of bears actually charging, a shot fired in the ground in front of them stopped the charge, or actually shooting the bear at 8 yards stopped the bear. Any actual footage of pepper spray really working in that type of situation? All I have seen is the dead russian dude with an empty can of spray and a lot of orange snow around him---the situation I think that would be common!
Just my thoughts and opinions.