Best Bear Spray Technique-Safety Tip Of The Week

As promised last week here are some tips on the proper use of the bear spray.

Bear spray has to have a minimum of approximately 9 ounces for its’ canister to be considered a bear spray. The reason for that is simple - a 4-ounce canister of normal spray will not work when you need a lot of spray. And it should have a very good range. Most pepper sprays have a range of up to 12 sometimes even 18 feet. Bear sprays have a range of 20 and one even 35 feet.

Believe it or not, bears are not normally aggressive. They do get aggressive after they come out of hibernation in the spring and before they can go into hibernation in the fall-so specifically when they’re looking for food.

If you do see a bear in the backcountry or anywhere for that matter don’t try and run away from it. Despite their lumbering appearance bears can move very quickly. At the first sight of a bear grab your bear spray from your backpack or holster. Always make sure it’s handy especially in the backcountry.

Bears like a lot of animals have a very sensitive nose and that is why bear pepper spray is so effective.

The basic idea here is to create a wall of a mist of the spray between you and the bear. So at the first sight of a bear, spray in a circular motion aiming at the bear. You want the bear to walk into the wall of mist that you’ve created with the bear spray. When he smells that mist he will retreat. A bear can cover a distance of 30 feet in the blink of an eye.

Always make sure you have bear spray with you. We carry two brands. They both do exactly the same thing but have slightly different capabilities

Guard Alaska can spray up to 15 to 20 feet away and Mace Brand bear spray can spray up to 35 feet away.

Feedback on these posts is appreciated. Have you ever had a bear in your back yard? Please share your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.

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