It bears repeating (see what I did there ) that a ranger on her mentioned that hollowpoints were more effective in causing the bear to break off a charge.well I read the story and I can tell you for a fact the ammo he was using was piss poor bullet selection for use on a bear
there meant for people, fast expanding exploding bullets
for bears you need something that stats together and penetrates
he got lucky!
I would love to know how many bears that ranger shot with that idea!It bears repeating (see what I did there ) that a ranger on her mentioned that hollow points were more effective in causing the bear to break off a charge.
His theory was that they can feel the sting near the surface but a heavy bullet that penetrates doesn't even register.
That said I would load mine "every other" and cover bases.
Reminds me of Timothy Treadwell.and just so you know, NOT all bears are big bad animals out to EAT you
most want NOTHING to do with you, bear attacks are RARE
and MOST live thru them
as a FACT< in PA/s history, 100+ yrs of it, only 1 person has ever been killed by a bear here!
here is a wild one and me> getting along just fine! LOL
and don't try this either folks!
Hitting them in the vitals is pretty much a prerequisite for killing anythingI would love to know how many bears that ranger shot with that idea!
what KILLS a bear is hitting vitals
When I lived in Chattanooga we backpacked all over the Occoee park. One year they had a she-bear that attacked kids and their mom when they went to the waterfall.So as the same with people bears can have different personalities and bad hair day but in my experience avoid humans. I always consider it a woodsman skill to get a close encounter with a bear as they have a great sense of smell.