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Arctic expedition to highlight global warming brings guns to fight off polar bears
Daily Caller ^ | 7/3/2013 | Michael Bastasch

Posted on 07/04/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT by rktman

In an effort to highlight the effects of global warming, an Irish-Canadian team plans to cross the arctic’s Northwest Passage in a rowboat while armed with rubber bullets to ward off polar bears.

The team will also carry shotguns to kill the animals if necessary.

“They are the only animal out there that will actively hunt down a human being,” said seasoned adventurer Kevin Vallely, who is part of the rowing expedition which will take about 80 days and traverse the distance between Inuvik in Canada’s Northwest Territories and Pond Inlet, Nunavut.

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TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: agwbelievers; didiots
They better take some hot sauce too so the bears can spice up their delicious meal of AGW believers. Although, with the huge decrease (not!) in polar bear populations, they'll probably never even see one. If they do they'll have to change their onesies. "It's so warm that the uniform of the day will be shorts and t-shirts. Bring plenty of sunscreen."
1 posted on 07/04/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT by rktman
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To: rktman

But what about the whales? Do they have a plan in case they come to face to face with one?? I would suggest taking off and nuking it from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.


2 posted on 07/04/2013 7:53:07 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: rktman

“They might have to kill them to prove the reason to save them....”

Said Nancy


3 posted on 07/04/2013 7:53:38 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: rktman

Bringing a shotgun to kill a bear? That’s like throwing bricks into the Grand Canyon.


4 posted on 07/04/2013 7:56:22 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: hadaclueonce

They might find the The Franklin Expedition: 1845-1859


5 posted on 07/04/2013 7:57:32 AM PDT by molson209
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To: rktman

Bwahahaha!!

But...but...I thought the polar bears were “endangered” and the melting ice...and...and..the lack of food...and..and...

Bunch of friggin’ morons.


6 posted on 07/04/2013 8:03:08 AM PDT by Thorliveshere (Tais deau sá taghdedaul!)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse
Bringing a shotgun to kill a bear? That’s like throwing bricks into the Grand Canyon.

Not with proper ammo. If they're carrying a 12 gauge loaded with slugs, they're well armed against the threat of a polar bear.

7 posted on 07/04/2013 8:09:59 AM PDT by Kip Russell
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To: rktman
“They are the only animal out there that will actively hunt down a human being,” said seasoned adventurer Kevin Vallely

Apparently, Kevin has never heard of lions or tigers. "Seasoned" my eye...

8 posted on 07/04/2013 8:09:59 AM PDT by Kip Russell
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To: Thorliveshere

“The team will also carry shotguns to kill the animals if necessary.”

Probably with bird shot! Perhaps with rifled slugs they might have a chance but nonetheless for anything I would encounter out in the Polar region, I want nothing less than a 375HandH.


9 posted on 07/04/2013 8:12:51 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: rktman
Northwest Passage in a rowboat while armed with rubber bullets to ward off polar bears.

Rubber bullets? LOL...that will just piss them off...

10 posted on 07/04/2013 8:13:17 AM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: Kip Russell

Seasoned as in “pass the Tony Chachere’s and some of that McIlhenney’s Tobasco too.” I believe that wolves will actively track your butt down and eat you too. Sounds like these asshats were edumacated in Dumbassistan.


11 posted on 07/04/2013 8:17:06 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Popman

Or “How To Piss Off a Polar Bear In One Easy Lesson”. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “Manwhich”. LOL!


12 posted on 07/04/2013 8:18:48 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Kip Russell

***Apparently, Kevin has never heard of lions or tigers. “Seasoned” my eye... ***

He needs to read some of Capstick’s books. DEATH IN THE LONG GRASS, MANEATERS.

Along with MANEATERS OF TSAVO and MAN EATERS OF KUMAON.


13 posted on 07/04/2013 8:19:03 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Kip Russell

Um Kevin, what about grizzly bears (ask Timothy Treadwell. Oh, nevermind, he and his girlfriend are bear scat now.

What about wolves? There was an interesting incident just a week or so ago in Banff National Park where a wolf tried catching a motorcyclist.

Even black bears have been known to hunt humans.

Mr. Vallely, your “adventures” evidently don’t include much in the way of wild predators.

Gaia protect you, because I get the impression you’re a member of the church of algore.


14 posted on 07/04/2013 8:21:05 AM PDT by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: rktman
...an Irish-Canadian team plans to cross the arctic’s Northwest Passage in a rowboat

A rowboat ?

15 posted on 07/04/2013 8:21:56 AM PDT by Popman (Godlessness is always the first step to the concentration camp.)
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To: rktman

16 posted on 07/04/2013 8:22:30 AM PDT by DManA
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To: rktman
Most adult female grizzlies weigh 130–200 kg (290–440 lb), while adult males weigh on average 180–360 kg (400–790 lb).
A male polar bear weighs around 350–700 kg (770–1,500 lb), while an adult female is about half that size.

Shotgun seems to be a pretty short range weapon to TRY to kill a freight train coming at you at 25 mph. And the bear CAN run in snow...

17 posted on 07/04/2013 8:33:49 AM PDT by bigheadfred (barry your mouth is writing checks your ass cant cash)
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To: bigheadfred

And, they have no problem swimming in open water (from the pictures with the ice flows photo shopped out) and even diving down a little bit too. Be a pity if they were to turn the row boat over and dump their yummy dinner in the sub-tropical waters of the arctic ocean. Why it’s almost like a tropical vacation. LOL!


18 posted on 07/04/2013 8:49:18 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Popman
Rubber bullets? LOL...that will just piss them off...

Exactly! Think Mongo on Blazing Saddles.

19 posted on 07/04/2013 9:04:15 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: rktman

I wonder if these are the same ass clowns that sank the old Russian derelict cruise ship (MS Explorer) in Antarctica in 2007 causing a massive diesel and oil spill?


20 posted on 07/04/2013 9:24:07 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kip Russell

To my knowledge, lions and tigers don’t live in the arctic. They probably aren’t packing a snake-bite kit, either...


21 posted on 07/04/2013 9:39:04 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Don W

This is at the north end of Baffin Island - there aren’t any grizzlies, wolves, or black bears way up there...


22 posted on 07/04/2013 9:47:09 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

I carry a winchester defender with slugs for bear defense when I’m out and about in the woods, and that will stop anything.


23 posted on 07/04/2013 10:04:02 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: stormer
To my knowledge, lions and tigers don’t live in the arctic. They probably aren’t packing a snake-bite kit, either...

The guy said, “They are the only animal out there that will actively hunt down a human being". While not in the arctic, lions and tigers are certainly "out there".

24 posted on 07/04/2013 10:08:24 AM PDT by Kip Russell
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To: All

Many of you are making fun of the use of shotguns on polar bear. I’ve worked four years in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. The shotgun is the weapon of choice for bear control by the security force and Sherriff’s Office in Prudhoe.

Rubber ball rounds are quite effective in driving off overly curious bears. I’ve seen the effect on a young male grizzly. He moved rapidly away!

On the few occasions a bear had to be put down up there, slugs in a 12 gauge was effective.

While I would agree for hunters a heavier rifle 45-70, 444 Marlin, 375 H&H would make good sense...

Also, 25 mph is slow for a bear. On level ground a full grown bear can do more like 40 mph and can keep that speed for a surprisingly long time. They can and will run caribou to ground... You will not outrun a bear.


25 posted on 07/04/2013 10:16:19 AM PDT by El Laton Caliente (NRA Life Member & www.Gunsnet.net Moderator)
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To: Kip Russell

I guess you’ve interpreted his statement differently than I.


26 posted on 07/04/2013 10:23:48 AM PDT by stormer
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Starts at 33:40 in the video. This guy has nads the size of grapefruits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq0rZn8HFmQ


27 posted on 07/04/2013 10:30:26 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Our parents: The Greatest Generation. Their kids and grand kids: The Stupidest.)
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To: BerryDingle

It helps waterproof the polar bears. (Yeah, I know there aren’t any in Antarctica but the enviro wack jobs probably don’t. Heheheh!)


28 posted on 07/04/2013 10:31:22 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Kip Russell
“They are the only animal out there that will actively hunt down a human being,”

He should have stuck a "routinely" in there.

Lion, tiger and wolves that hunt humans are the exception, not the rule, for their species.

Polar bears, OTOH, have apparently mostly never seen a human and hunt them like any other food source.

29 posted on 07/04/2013 11:04:31 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: rktman
Shotguns vs. Polar Bears? Nope. Better bring a big, bad rifle in a heavy caliber with 220 grain, jacketed soft points. Polar Bears have nasty tempers and are fearsome on the attack. Be prepared, eco-nuts, or be eaten.
30 posted on 07/04/2013 11:07:44 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Sherman Logan

Actually, the preferred method of hunting polar bears is to get upwind of the trophy you’re after and let him hunt you down, whereupon you shoot him.


31 posted on 07/04/2013 11:11:34 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Mouton

375 H&H muzzle energy ~4500 ft/lbs. 12 gauge slugs up to 3000, somewhat lower but probably enough to knock a bear on his ass. If you hit him.

When my brother and his family went rafting in AK, they took a 10 gauge with magnum slugs. He figured that was about as powerful as most rifles at close range, and he wasn’t going to be shooting at any bears across the valley.


32 posted on 07/04/2013 11:22:13 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: MasterGunner01

Like I said. A little Tony Chacere’s and some tobasco sauce in their back packs would do just fine. They are about as brilliant as the mares against ill-eagle guns and the gabby and mark travelin’ circus. Maybe we should suggest they take some .22lr with them.


33 posted on 07/04/2013 11:38:08 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: stormer

I was referring to his statement “polar bears are the ONLY predator that actively hunt humans”.

He’s an overeducated idiot.


34 posted on 07/04/2013 11:50:26 AM PDT by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: stormer
I guess you’ve interpreted his statement differently than I.

Fair enough, now that I consider it, his statement could be interpreted either way.

35 posted on 07/04/2013 11:55:56 AM PDT by Kip Russell
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To: Don W

He probably knows what he’s doing. From his bio: “Kevin Vallely was named one of Canada’s leading adventurers by the Globe and Mail. His adventuring resume is stacked with compelling expeditions to all parts of the world including skiing Alaska’s 1,860 kilometre Iditarod Trail; scampering over Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail in record time (10 hours, 13 minutes); attempting to bike and climb the island of Java’s 13 -10,000-foot volcanoes (a trip cut short when post-9/11 Indonesia became too dangerous); competing on the only Canadian team to finish the last and most difficult Eco-Challenge adventure race held in Fiji in 2002; retracing a 2,000 kilometre Klondike-era ice-bike route through the dead of an Alaskan winter, and most recently, with teammates Ray Zahab and Richard Weber, breaking the world record for the fastest unsupported trek from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole.”


36 posted on 07/04/2013 11:59:14 AM PDT by stormer
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks rktman.


37 posted on 07/04/2013 12:03:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Sherman Logan

10 gauge is the largest smooth bore allowed these days I think. I hear that fishing guides carry 12 gauges with slugs and stand behind their fishing party guarding against a bear ambush. Sounds like a good choice too. I am reasonably good with the big bore rifles so I’d opt for the 375 but even something as lower powered like a 30-06 with a 220 gr load should be effective. You tangentially mention the best round is the one you can hit the target with at close range. I agree, while a 460 Weatherby would take him out, few can fire that gun proficiently enough to be comfortable in the knowledge they could hit the bear at close range!


38 posted on 07/04/2013 12:04:33 PM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: MasterGunner01

As the joke goes, you only need a .25 cal to survive a bear attack. When the bear attacks, shoot the guy standing next to you in the knee then run. The bear will eat him and not you.

I hope these guys film the expedition. I have a feeling it might turnout a lot like that guy that filmed the grizzlies.


39 posted on 07/04/2013 12:22:59 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: rktman

I think we’ve found a valid use of the 50 caliber Desert Eagle. A Springfield M1A would also seem appropriate. Semiautomatic with a 10 rounds of .308.


40 posted on 07/04/2013 3:00:14 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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