The problem for deer hunters in bear country is that you have broken all the bear safety rules. You sneak around quietly, usually alone, sometimes with a packful of nice, fresh meat on your back. We suggest to deer hunters to try to avoid heavy brush along active fish streams and always stay alert for bears. Packing deer is better than dragging because you don't leave a scent trail for bears to follow," Crowley said. "Kill and pack one deer at a time so that you don't have to return to a carcass hours later. If a bear does get the drop on you and you can't get a shot off, do what Dan did and play dead. Usually they just want to make sure you're not a threat. For me, buying a $25 brown bear tag is pretty good insurance that I won't see one."