Skip to comments.Arctic expedition to highlight global warming brings guns to fight off polar bears
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 arctics 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 Canadas Northwest Territories and Pond Inlet, Nunavut.
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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.
“They might have to kill them to prove the reason to save them....”
Bringing a shotgun to kill a bear? That’s like throwing bricks into the Grand Canyon.
They might find the The Franklin Expedition: 1845-1859
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.
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.
Apparently, Kevin has never heard of lions or tigers. "Seasoned" my eye...
“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.
Rubber bullets? LOL...that will just piss them off...
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.
Or “How To Piss Off a Polar Bear In One Easy Lesson”. Gives a whole new meaning to the term “Manwhich”. LOL!
***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.
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.
A rowboat ?
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...
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!
Exactly! Think Mongo on Blazing Saddles.
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?
To my knowledge, lions and tigers don’t live in the arctic. They probably aren’t packing a snake-bite kit, either...
This is at the north end of Baffin Island - there aren’t any grizzlies, wolves, or black bears way up there...
I carry a winchester defender with slugs for bear defense when I’m out and about in the woods, and that will stop anything.
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".
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.
I guess you’ve interpreted his statement differently than I.
Starts at 33:40 in the video. This guy has nads the size of grapefruits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq0rZn8HFmQ
It helps waterproof the polar bears. (Yeah, I know there aren’t any in Antarctica but the enviro wack jobs probably don’t. Heheheh!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
I was referring to his statement “polar bears are the ONLY predator that actively hunt humans”.
He’s an overeducated idiot.
Fair enough, now that I consider it, his statement could be interpreted either way.
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 Alaskas 1,860 kilometre Iditarod Trail; scampering over Vancouver Islands West Coast Trail in record time (10 hours, 13 minutes); attempting to bike and climb the island of Javas 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.”
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!
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.
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.
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