So, after resting for a while, I had a thought occur to me. I had never heard of this approach before so, I got out my Bear Away and with a slight breeze coming in over my shoulders and moving in the direction of Smokey, I fired off a good steady stream in the air. After a few seconds, he began sneezing and snotting and started to bob his head up and down. After a few seconds of this, (maybe 20) he lumbered off back in the direction that he had just come from.I can get the bear spray out and sprayed as fast as my S&W 629, and precision matters less. A criminal attack by a 2 legged predator will doubtless be solved by bear spray as well. But I'll bring a handgun as well.
Monday, April 3, 2017
I can't fly it to Alaska, but may just buy some in Fairbanks and leave it there. Is there a bear spray lending library in Fairbanks? If not, why not? The prospect of reliably hitting an 18" x 18" target moving 35 mph sounds unattractive. Bear spray is apparently at least as effective as .44 Magnum and less precision is required to use it.
Bring the 9mm for two-legged threats.
There is a bit of research that seems to indicate bear sprays are more reliable defenses than guns. While many traditional sorts in bear country prefer carrying a gun, it may be tradition more than actual efficacy. I found a skeptical article about these studies here, but also a comment from a hunter heavily armed, carrying bear spray: