Skip to comments.BYU study: Guns don't give people advantage during a bear encounter
Posted on 03/08/2012 10:58:38 PM PST by Zakeet
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Tom S. Smith, associate professor in the plant and wildlife sciences department at BYU, holds up a temporarily knocked-out family of polar bears. A study he co-authored shows that a small can of bear spray can stop a charging animal.While the spray is mentioned in regard to his study, I don't read it that he knocked out the bears with it. As far as I can tell, bear spray is just industrial-strength pepper spray. The spray will (hopefully) drive them away, but it wouldn't be able to knock them out.
If I can get Grampa's farts packed into a spray can....
yeah, I’ve seen that one. It’s freaking awesome but pricey. I was hoping a more affordable one would come along.
Gee, it’s almost as they were “WILD” animals.
Must have had gonads!
A world record grizzly bear was shot and killed by Bella Twin in 1953 in British Columbia, with a .22 single shot rifle.
I hope that no one is foolish enough to believe that. Indeed, Dr. Smith should be condemned in the strongest terms for such a blatant and callous lie. If some nitwit lefty actually follows that advice and dies, then Dr. Smith must share some blame.
Astonishingly, Dr. Stephen Herrero is listed as a co-author on this study. Dr. Herrero is the author of Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance. Dr. Herrero certainly knows that particular advice is a dangerous lie, and should condemn it in the strongest terms.
I personally do not recommend large caliber hunting weapons as they tend to tire my gun bearer. Also, the recoil often causes me to splash whisky all over my shirt.
That's true. I would never kill an elephant for its ivory let alone thousands of them. happy hunting partner.
Good heavens man! Where are cue balls and piano keys going to come from? Not to mention the rampant unemployment amongst native gun bearers your policy could cause.
This idiot needs to present his theory to Cynthia Dusel-Bacon.
An old time Alaskan friend of mine who happens to be over 70 and is taking me out bear hunting this year told me the problem with bear spray is after a time or two they learn to like it. They will actually come up to you and give you threat displays to get you to spray them.
All I know is that I sprayed a small nosy black bear this year and it took off like a scalded dog, and was back within 20 minutes rooting around behind the camp kitchen again. Kinda suspect double ought buck might have a more lasting effect.
I guess according to them, the only deterrent to a bear is wearing magic underwear.
The bear started climbing after him and he shot it numerous time in the head. He said all the rounds bounced off and just pissed off the bear.
It finally gave up and climbed down but he was treed for two days with the bear prowling around roaring the whole time.
After that he took his .44 mag with him on his trips.
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