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Bears in the winter
« on: February 09, 2023, 01:27:00 AM »
I feel dumb for asking this but I simply donít knowÖ. Iím not 100% convinced a bear wonít get up mid winter and end hibernation early if temperatures allowed.

The reason why I bring this up as Iím going up to southeast Alaska in 2 weeks to visit a friend for a while and we have plenty of adventures planned outÖ everything in me is saying to bring the 10mmÖ she says thereís nothing to worry about, but I say that itís Alaska and itís not worth risking it even if they are supposed to all be sleeping, I donít trust that entirely. Itís a no brainer to me 3/4s the year to stay armed up there but she says itís safe this time of yearÖ I just donít like letting my guard down up thereÖ

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Re: Bears in the winter
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2023, 01:39:39 AM »
I feel dumb for asking this but I simply donít knowÖ. Iím not 100% convinced a bear wonít get up mid winter and end hibernation early if temperatures allowed.

The reason why I bring this up as Iím going up to southeast Alaska in 2 weeks to visit a friend for a while and we have plenty of adventures planned outÖ everything in me is saying to bring the 10mmÖ she says thereís nothing to worry about, but I say that itís Alaska and itís not worth risking it even if they are supposed to all be sleeping, I donít trust that entirely. Itís a no brainer to me 3/4s the year to stay armed up there but she says itís safe this time of yearÖ I just donít like letting my guard down up thereÖ

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#1 - If you want to carry, carry.  No chick's false confidence could ever get me to not carry if I felt I needed to, no matter how sweet the cake was...

#2 - If the reason you are carrying is you are worried about bears being up in February, I think you are worrying too much. There's other good reasons to carry.

#3 - I've been wrong about bears being up during late November blacktail hunts, but I've never, ever, seen any activity after Dec 1 until about March 1.  We have a few bruin marauders that let the town know when they're up and about, since the garbage pickings are pretty easy. And unless I'm not as up on that info as I think I am, I don't believe we've had a bear on the prowl here in Jan/Feb.  But - even though it has been very stormy this winter, it has been warm.  So I could stand to be corrected.

Just some free advice, probably worth what you paid for it.
« Last Edit: February 09, 2023, 01:53:33 AM by Skillet »
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Re: Bears in the winter
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2023, 10:42:17 AM »
I saw a black bear in eastern Wa walking on an iced over lake in January on a sunny 25 degree day...

Bears do not hibernate in the true sense, they will on occasion get up and do a walkabout.  That said, I would think it to be very unusual to see one up and about that early.

No reason not to bring your 10mm though!
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Re: Bears in the winter
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2023, 09:25:49 PM »
Take it!!!

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Re: Bears in the winter
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2023, 10:19:53 PM »
You know the saying: Better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it.

There were some people on youtube, we were just talking about in a bad spot with a bear wishing they had more guns and a way to protect themselves better when stuff went bad.
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Re: Bears in the winter
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2023, 05:50:18 AM »
I'd prolly pack a regular EDC for people, they can get a little sketch this time of year  :chuckle:

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Re: Bears in the winter
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2023, 07:21:38 AM »
I wouldn't be too concerned about bears right now.  Other predators etc, I would including moose in deeper snow they get pissy.  How far North into Alaska are you going? 

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Re: Bears in the winter
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2023, 07:52:15 AM »
Iíd be more worried about 2 legged predators, and the 10 works wonders on them.

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Re: Bears in the winter
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2023, 08:11:10 AM »
Iíd be more worried about 2 legged predators, and the 10 works wonders on them.

Zip right through if using bear loads, it might be less lethal than a 9mm with self defense rounds.

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Re: Bears in the winter
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2023, 09:14:04 AM »
Good point on Moose.  They scare me a lot more than bears.
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