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    Bear spray

    Maybe this isn't the right spot, but anybody personally or had a buddy or acquaintance stop a black bear or grizz with bear spray? I could see deterring a black bear, but seems like it could be tough to turn away an angry grizz

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    "Bear Spray" meaning spraying shots in the bears direction right? I have seen that work! Haven't seen the canned stuff used before, I prefer a side arm.

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    There was actually a pretty good thread on here a few weeks back. I learned a lot.

    Basically the experts say that you are less likely to get hurt using bear spray than a weapon.

    I do know that bear spray is not designed to incapacitate just irritate.
    Human spray incapacitates.
    In that regard, I think it would have a similar effect on a grizz as a black bear, although if either one is absolutely going to attack you the spray is not going to stop them. It probably would lessen the attack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonGNV View Post
    "Bear Spray" meaning spraying shots in the bears direction right? I have seen that work! Haven't seen the canned stuff used before, I prefer a side arm.
    Hahai love it! Tough archery hunting in NV though not being able to pack a pistol. Bears aren't the worry though, it's them big kitties.

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    I had a good friend have to empty a full can of bear spray on a griz while guiding...she ran through 3 different spray sequences on different charges...he eventually had to put her down with his .45-70 at ten feet...it took four shots. .game and fish determined it was self defense when they investigated..as it was. . I personally carry my .44mag with snake shot in the first two chambers and 340 grain in the next 4. . I'm around grizzlies alot during summer and fall...if they want to come for you, they will. Just my thoughts from lots of close experiences

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    I had a close call with one last year. Very close!!never heard him untill I turned around and then he was 10ft from me licking his chops dreaming about Mark chops for breakfast!! I have wondered how bear spray would work on a cat? Anyone have any thoughts?
    Quote Originally Posted by NVBird'n'Big View Post
    Hahai love it! Tough archery hunting in NV though not being able to pack a pistol. Bears aren't the worry though, it's them big kitties.

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    Never had to use it and hope I never do... knowing my abilities with a pistol though the spray is a better option. 12 gauge, 45-70, or some other long gun would be my weapon of choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 25contender View Post
    I had a close call with one last year. Very close!!never heard him untill I turned around and then he was 10ft from me licking his chops dreaming about Mark chops for breakfast!! I have wondered how bear spray would work on a cat? Anyone have any thoughts?
    I had the same type deal last year. When I was following my trail back to the truck, there were cat tracks like right on top of mine. I never saw him, but he followed my trail for quite a ways. That happened two times in the same area. I would also like to hear thoughts about using the stuff on kitties.

    I am in the same boat as Grizz with a pistol. I would probably just as far ahead to carry a spear as a pistol.

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    In twenty Elk seasons that was the first encounter with a animal that really got under my skin. I have never carried anything but a bow all those years but last years Cat encounter has me thinking a little differently.
    Quote Originally Posted by Againstthewind View Post
    I had the same type deal last year. When I was following my trail back to the truck, there were cat tracks like right on top of mine. I never saw him, but he followed my trail for quite a ways. That happened two times in the same area. I would also like to hear thoughts about using the stuff on kitties.

    I am in the same boat as Grizz with a pistol. I would probably just as far ahead to carry a spear as a pistol.

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    In 99% of all the lion attacks I've read, the cat attacks before the victim ever knows it's there. Most of the encounters were the cat was seen before attacking eventually turned tail. I said "most". Not sure we're I read it but a revolver is the #1 pistol for bear/cat attacks. When attacked you can point blank fire without jamming, if that thing is trying to kill me, I'm gonna try and do the same.

 

 

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