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Offline Bluemoon

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Bear Spray Question.
« on: July 09, 2019, 05:32:03 PM »
My question is for those of you who hunt in Grizzly country what do you carry Bear Spray wise? brand name? size wise, etc. etc.. I have hunted exclusively in Montana for the past 12 years but never in Grizzly country.  This year I have picked up a lease on the Eastern slopes of the Bob Marshall where they are known to roam. 
I am wanting to have it available for our DIY bird hunters.  Me? My S&W 629 will be in my cross draw loaded with Garrett Cartridges 310gn. Hammerheads. 
Thanks in advance.

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Re: Bear Spray Question.
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2019, 05:41:14 PM »
I carry counter assault in a 10oz bottle.  It's mounted under my binos on my chest.  I also have a vertical mount on my backpack strap.  I keep spray there at work or when I don't need my binos

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Re: Bear Spray Question.
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2019, 06:14:30 PM »
I donít carry it when Iím hunting but just spent some time in Banff and was packing it there. Saw a grizzly our first day but didnít have to use the spray. Costco has a two pack of bear spray with holsters for $39.99.

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Re: Bear Spray Question.
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2019, 06:24:38 PM »
We tried the Costco 2 pack last year to test. That stuff would not stop a poodle on a mailman. The spray went about 12-15 feet and the cloud was about 4 foot diameter at best. The cloud was not very thick. I talked to a grizzly bear bio from Idaho and they use counter assault. We also carry the 10oz bottle.

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Re: Bear Spray Question.
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2019, 08:07:14 AM »
I carry Counter Assault.

I attended a bear spray seminar at the Wyoming outfitters and guides association meeting this Spring. A few tips I picked up:

1.  Carry the spray in a consistent location where you can readily retrieve it in a simple and obvious way. I. Carry mind on my pack hip belt left side. Handgun on right side.

2.  Have a spare canister holster attached to your person so you can easily transfer the spray to your belt when not wearing your pack.

3. Practice drawing and aiming the canister. The best way to deploy spray is with one hand firmly grasping the canister. This would typically be your dominant hand. The off hand removes the safety latch and depresses the trigger.

4. Deploy in short bursts.  Back and forth to create a wall of spray between you and bear.  Donít dump it all at once. There is about 6 - 8 seconds worth of spray in a can depending upon volume.

5. Itís worth buying then inert practice can to understand how the can functions and how the aerosol behaves.  There is a slight kick and tendency for the can to spray high due to pressure.

Iíve never had to use in the field and hopefully never will.
The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.

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Re: Bear Spray Question.
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2019, 10:01:11 AM »
UDAP or Counter Assault used to be the go to brands.  I carried UDAP 9.2 oz in the past, would upgrade to the 13.4 if I went that route again.  7.9oz is as small as I would recommend for anyone else. 

I am a proponent of belt and suspenders approach to grizzly country, when not hunting my gun of choice is a 12 gauge pump with a slug barrel and a neoprene sling.  A handgun is better than nothing, but not as good as bear spray or a shotgun or hunting rifle for the average person in my opinion. 

If I could only carry one or the other I would choose a large can of pepper spray.  My days in grizzly country are pretty limited now, unfortunately. 
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Bear Spray Question.
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2019, 10:14:15 AM »
Thank you all for your replys.  CaNINE, Thank you for breaking it down into steps that really helped my better half to read and understand.  I just ordered 10 8.1 0z. cans of Counter Assault and my Taxidermist gave us 6 cans of four year old spray to practice and learn with. 
Where I am going with all this is.  This year I am helping out some ranchers with DIY tresspass fee hunters.  Our job is to Micro manage the hunters to keep them within the boundaries of the property's,  to be vigilant and keep our eyes open for bears all from a distance to keep the Hunters safe.  So any more input, advice is greatly appreciated.  I have hunted and shot both Black and Brown Bears in the past, but this is my first time in the heart of Grizzly country.  Knowledge is power.         

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Re: Bear Spray Question.
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2019, 11:10:48 AM »
Don't forget its not just Bears.  I advise women and men to ditch the pink dollar store pepper spray and buy udap Bear spray!  Seattle more dangerous then Yellowstone!!!  CXaution may cause blindness to tweakers and rapists!  :chuckle:
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Re: Bear Spray Question.
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2019, 10:09:39 AM »
Counter assault 8.1 oz is what I carry in grizzly country. Anytime Iím where brown bears frequent I have my 10mm on a chest holster and spray on my pack belt.

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Re: Bear Spray Question.
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2019, 10:52:26 PM »
Good idea to use the out dated canisters to practice with.  Three of us did that on a Wyoming elk hunt and we each had a chanced to try it before it ran out.  Just make sure the wind is in your favor when practicing even though that might not be the case in an actual bear deterring event.  There is quite a bit of recoil for sure.  I have heard that it is more effective to aim at the ground in front of the bear, rather than directly at the bear, this allows the spray to "boil up" in front of the bear.
Second the UDAP or Counter Assault brands.

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Re: Bear Spray Question.
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2019, 01:00:03 PM »
UDAP or Counter Assault used to be the go to brands.  I carried UDAP 9.2 oz in the past, would upgrade to the 13.4 if I went that route again.  7.9oz is as small as I would recommend for anyone else. 

I am a proponent of belt and suspenders approach to grizzly country, when not hunting my gun of choice is a 12 gauge pump with a slug barrel and a neoprene sling.  A handgun is better than nothing, but not as good as bear spray or a shotgun or hunting rifle for the average person in my opinion. 

If I could only carry one or the other I would choose a large can of pepper spray.  My days in grizzly country are pretty limited now, unfortunately.


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