Originally Posted by Rocky7
Absolutely. I was mostly responding because we see so much junk advice from people who seem to have only seen a couple of Disney movies.
I think bears are no different than horses and dogs. Some are shy. Some are curious. Some are boring. And some are just plain ornery. The only way to tell what you stumbled onto is to see what they do. That's the part where I'd sure like to have something with a big hole in the end of the barrel. Of course, that breaks down in a story like this 'cause there's no way I'm going to take a shotgun into the crapper. Not if anybody can see me, anyway.
In my own experience, my ears have probably been more useful more often than my eyes for things that are close.
Wasn't there a bear attack back in Ontario in the early 90s that was so bizarre for any bear behaviour that they listed it "right off the scale"? Black bear grabbed a couple and killed them by breaking their necks, then consumed the bodies but also guarded the remains for days afterwards. Think it was in Algonquin Park.
If I'm in bear country and I have a rifle with me, if I poop, the rifle poops too. I repeat the line... "This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless... and the big, bad bear will get me if I leave it behind." lol