I’ve wanted to fire a can of bear spray for some time. I spend enough time in grizzly bear country that I should at least test it before I have a real need to. For some reason, I never got around to it until this video. I had seen some videos on bear spray and decided to finally do it and blog about it. Below are some takeaway points.
- Always carry bear spray in bear country.
- Always have at least two cans in a group (if you’re alone, have one ready and one spare in your pack).
- Bear spray is a deterrent, not a repellant. Spray the bear if it comes at you, not each other before you hit the trail. Bear spray is effective when it’s airborne, not on the ground or on you.
- Bear spray is nasty to breathe in and a skin irritant. Practice caution around it and wash hands.
- Spray a test spray to make sure you won’t spray into the wind and disable yourself.
- Bear spray is a better choice than a gun with bears. It creates a fog barrier and can be fired on a bear that is on your buddy. It’s very effective against bears. It’s safe for bears and safe for people.
- Check for expired bear spray. Expired bear spray makes great practice canisters.
- Counter Assault is the bear spray of choice. Visit http://www.counterassault.com for more info on bear spray, bear encounters and how you can be safe in bear country.
Also check out the video below for more great tips on bear spray.