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  • #31
    Originally posted by Brian M View Post
    Sort of. I've been flying for 16 years - all of that in a 172 up until the last year and a half. My father's cub has been sitting for a decade+. He told me that he'd sell it if I don't fly it, so...that was enough motivation to get after it! I don't technically have a cub, but I've got the next best thing - a key. Spoiled, I know, but I'm going to take full advantage while it's still in the family. Just upgraded the tires, have a belly pod on order, and have burned more avgas in the past year than I have in the last 10 combined. Sure has been fun thus far!
    The BEST airplane for hunting is..... Someone else's!
    Vance in AK.

    Matthew 6:33
    "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

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    • #32
      Go to animal food warehouse and you can by all the components and build your own fence for about half the price of the store bought set ups, and they sell the ones that run off D cell. 6vlt or 12vlt batteries that put out a full 10K volts. And you can taylor to the size of your camp based on the amount and type of wire you choose.
      I use mine for peace of mind, when I leave camp I am pretty confident I wont come back to a torn up tent and gear strewed across the country side and at night if something touches it, the "pop" sound will usually wake someone in the tent up.
      200 bucks is cheap compared to replacing tents, sleeping bags, cook gear, etc and like someone else said- ending your trip early.
      I run at least 4 wires, parallel hot and ground, then grounded through the ground so if you touch one wire you will get a jolt through the ground, but if you touch two or more at the same time you get the full 10K volts. AK has very poor ground for conducting so best to run multiple wires in parallel.
      Hope this helps.

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      • #33
        Does anyone have link to solid instructions for a DIY kit?

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        • #34
          I claim no expertise in the electric bear fence arena, but I did invest some time and money in making a pair for float hunting. The thread I posted in is here: http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ric-Bear-Fence

          I think all told I paid about 70% of what an off-the-shelf unit cost. It sure isn't rocket science but there's a lot to be said to buying someone else's time and trouble rather than building it yourself.

          The funny thing is I have yet to use this electric fence in the field. When setting up and breaking down camp on a daily basis it hasn't become a priority to include the electric fence in the daily list of chores. That will be much different if I'm in an area where bears are in evidence. That, or hunting out of a base camp. Then it would likely be worth the effort to clear out an area for putting up the fence and keeping it free of grasses that can cause a short.

          There are several other threads on the forum about bear fences, both DIY and commercially made. I have no doubts that a curious bear that encounters the fence will be schooled very quickly to avoid it. One that is already bent on busting through will probably do so. The YouTube video mentioned is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv2G-aRDvyY

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          • #35
            Fences work. Bee keepers use them when they have bears Terri g up their hives back home. I've see it work on Kodiak. We had one around our tent and we went off to fish. Comming back we saw a bear at camp so we hung back to see what would happen. He would crouch down and look under the fence and then back off. He never did touch the wire. I figured he could sense the energy. He walked all the way around camp. Satisfied we went and scared him off. Never had a problem. I do think that if a bear was determined that the fense isn't going to stop him but, it does stop the curious bear which I feel covers 99% of the bears

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            • #36
              I bet he touched it before you came back to camp and was trying to figure out a way to get around it.
              I used an electric fence for 2 summers on the coast of Katmai. The fence worked great, as everyone else has said. Definitely worth the investment if bears in camp are a concern.

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              • #37
                If weight is not a problem one of the solar ones they use for cattle would be cheap. The low end ones go for less than $100.

                I used one many years ago to keep deer out of a garden. My father in law was skeptical until he accidentally touched...........after that he was a believer!

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                • #38
                  If weight is not a problem one of the solar chargers used for cattle would be cheaper. The low end ones go for less than $100, and the wire is cheap.

                  I used one many years ago to keep deer out of a garden. My father in law was skeptical until he accidentally touched it...........after that he was a believer!

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                  • #39
                    My cabin is in high bear population area with a lot of baiters. The first summer we stayed in a tent and I left it up all summer. Came in the fall and finally had a visitor. Only time I have seen a bear at the property. I believe it just wandered in because not much was tore up. It did like the bug candles and spray. It did take the sealed bucket of dog food. My point is keep your area clean and don't set up camp on the bait and my bet is you will be fine. The Bears are going to go to the bait stations for food. I think the bait stations in my area keep them away from my cabin.


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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by AKNUCLEARZR View Post
                      MThe Bears are going to go to the bait stations for food. I think the bait stations in my area keep them away from my cabin.
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                      This is true for the area I'm thinking about. There are a couple of bait stations up that way and the blacks are probably headed there.

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                      • #41
                        Pine Sol....

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                        • #42
                          I'll never be attacked by a bear these days, since I can't help but 'mark' my own shoes every time.
                          Hunt Ethically. Respect the Environment.

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                          • #43
                            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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                            • #44
                              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.
                              Www.blackriverhunting.com
                              Master guide 212

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                              • #45
                                Buy a bear tag.

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