Vince wrote in with an idea of a thread on bears. We have talked a lot about bears here in the forums, so maybe a new thread with a new twist? I'm thinking of the sort of issues non-locals need to know about bears. Keep in mind that many of our guests have been around black bears, but not brown / grizzly bears. Here are some discussion points; feel free to add your own.
BTW, I'm not looking for something you may have read, but what you actually DO in the field...
- What myths do Alaska hunters seem to perpetuate about our bears, and why do you think they are myths?
- What "advice" about bears should be taken with a grain of salt, and why? (this is sort of like the first question)
- How far away from your sleeping area do you usually put your cooking / food storage area?
- How do you store your food in the field?
- How far do you hang your game meat from camp?
- What other precautions (if any) do you take to keep bears out of camp?
- What do you do if a bear comes into camp anyway?
- What (if anything) do you do differently when hunting in bear country, to prevent having problems with bears?
- How do you determine the difference between a bluff charge and an actual attack?
- What is your preferred method of breaking off an apparent attack, and why?
- Do you prefer a rifle, shotgun, or handgun for lethal bear protection, and why?
- Do you hunt with the same caliber that you recommend for bear protection?
- If you could tell non-local hunters one thing about bears, what would it be?
Feel free to add your own questions / answers. Hopefully we'll turn up something we haven't beaten to death yet!