Here's another Field Insight written by Jason Cruise, maker of the Sportsman's Bible. A small compact KJV Bible for the outdoorsy people who would like to take God's Word with them on their outdoor adventures.
The Bear Facts
Do you know what the number one bear defense weapon is?
A .357 magnum? No. A Gatlin Gun or a Howitzer? Well, sure. But you probably don't have that kind of cash! The best and most practical dear defense is... pepper spray. Believe it or not, it's the best all around weapon you could possibly have when you walk upon a bear. And that is usually just how it happens--- you are working your way quietly through the woods, keeping the wind at your face, and in some underbrush only 10 feet away a nasty bruin lifts his head to investigate that strange creature invading his territory! One of the best advantages of pepper spray is that good brands can throw a "screen" of defense: When you are nervous, you can easily miss your mark with a rifle or pistol. But hyped up pepper spray, the kind made for bears, throws a sheild of defense, and bears absolutely hate it. In fact, they run from it.
In talking with Steve Gray of Guard Alaska, he is quick to point out that God did not create all pepper spray as equals! Many pepper spray brands have a short shelf life, and they can lose actual "throwing" power or thrust when put into action.
Guard Alaska is a leader in the pepper spray industry, and they produce spray that contains large amounts of "capsicum" - the stuff that makes pepper spray burn. It's not water or oil based, which can make it fail against wet bears. Guard Alaska's "Bear Repellent" penetrates mucus membranes, so that it can burn quickly.
Basically, it works on any animal that breathes, so that includes wolves, cougars, or grizzlies. Steve Gray also said that it's absolutely crucial that your pepper spray have an EPA rating; without that, you are pretty much hurling nasty purfume. And, yes, you guessed it, many store-bought pepper sprays do not have an EPA rating.
With Guard Alaska's "Bear Repellent" you can aim at the face and it will throw a net of defense up to 20 feet!
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