Re: Are You Concerned About BLACK Bears in the Backcountry?
I carry a 357 filled with hardcasts when out in the wilds, and CCW the same firearm as well. 2 legged predators concern me everywhere, but I started packing while bowhunting because of a run in with a black bear a few years back.
I came up a logging road in the dark and waited for sunup where it crossed some power lines. I took my first few steps after sunup and saw a juvenile bear standing on its hind legs looking at me, so I put my bow above my head and after 30 seconds or so the bear cut out of there fast. I continued up the road and then spotted another bear feeding through the berry brush 3-400 yards up the hill. The bear was feeding away from the road that I was going to take to the top of a ridge so I slowed my pace way down and kept going. I purposefully took about 45 minutes to walk the 400 or so yards up the road. Just as I came around a bend the bear crested the road grade 50-60 yards ahead of me, and after seeing me sprinted in my direction. that bear launched itself off the road 25 feet from me and went crashing through the brush on a sidehill/downhill path. That's when I heard the cub squeal and follow its momma from right below me off the road.
The things that stick with me are how incredibly fast the distance between me and that bear shrank and that bears can run sidehill and downhill without a problem(contrary to what I had been told).
I should have just turned around and gone home because for the rest of the day as the wind blew pinecones out of the trees I would jump out of my boots...
As was said before, a firearm really should be another tool in the "what if" kit when going out.IMO
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take