Ive spent alot of my time in the woods hunting, fishing, etc., but luckily enough ive never been attacked by an animal. You hear alot of survial stories on tv and the internet about people fighting off bears and cougars with little more than their bare hands, but most of the time this is not the case...
most attacks dont end up well and because of this i ask when YOU are attacked by a bear or any such animal what would you do to survive?
I saw something on the Discovery channel about this the other day. The guy said that if a bear looks like it's going to attack, you should raise your arms over your head (to make yourself look bigger than you really are), stand your ground, and talk to them in a firm tone. However, it's not a guarantee that you won't end up as bear food.
p.s. Instead of telling him to leave, perhaps invite him in for a drink.
That might work against a Black Bear. But do that with an angry Grizzly, and you'll end up in a world of hurt. Bear spray can work, but you better make sure your not downwind when you start spraying. Otherwise, you'll be the one to enjoy its effects. Best advice: play dead and hope the bear is being territorial, and isn't just hungry and looking at you for dinner.
Theoretically, a 45 might work. I, too, keep one on my hip at all times in the wild -- but that's more for protection against dangerous animals of the homo sapiens type. It won't do you much good against most other predators however. Believe me, I know, I've been confronted with this issue in a VERY close call. When said beastie comes at you, it'll be moving fast. Unless you're walking around with pistol in hand, round chambered, and are a stone cold badass, your reaction time just isn't going to be fast enough. (Not to mention that if you are walking around with a drawn, loaded weapon, you're asking for trouble of the self inflicted variety). Any predator -- especially a bear or a cougar -- is going to cover the ground between you and it far faster than you'll be able to draw, chamber, aim, and fire. Even if you do manage all of this in time, 9/10 of the time, you'll only get one shot. And that WON'T be enough to stop a bear unless you drill it right between the eyes. If you are Quick Draw McGraw, you might tag the Cougar though.
For me, however, I prefer to carry a veritable cutlery shop with me in the field. (expanding on the old adage that only an idiot goes into the woods without a good knife). There's a combat knife on my belt, another buck knife in my boot sheath, and a Machette hanging from my pack within very easy reach at any time. All are razor sharp and yes, I know how to use them. This is based on the theory that when I'm pinned on the ground getting mauled, as long as I have a hand free, I'll at least be able to put up a bit of a fight before I become dinner. Plus, if the attacking animal isn't absolutely starving, it won't be willing to risk its well being on prey that has suddenly sprung claws. Rather not have to test that one. Best advice? Watch your back, always pay attention, and never forget that once you leave the city limits, you are NOT on the top of the food chain anymore. That's why I prefer to be in the saddle whenever possible. The chance of a predator attack goes WAY down if you're on horseback. Unfortunately, that's not always an option. Still, most everything out there is as afraid -- or more -- of us than we are of them.
thats a good option jack, I too am always sure to at least bring a large survival knife, even if im just out for a hike. I also make sure i sharpen my knives to the point i can shave with them... although i am unable to grow a full beard at 17 years of age, that besides the point. At least then I know that if I would happen upon a maneating bear, (which is unlikely in southern Ohio although we do have a small population of black bear) or some coyotes, or the neghbors pitbull, I can gut them while they attempt to knaw off my face.
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