Black Bear Season

Discussion in 'Camping Around Wildlife' started by Orchid, Jun 12, 2018.

  1. Arlyn Aronson

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    We've been charged by a black bear before. From that experience let me state, when that happens the last thing on your mind is getting out the bear spray, wondering why the little bells work or didn't, or dropping a bandana so others can later find you. None of the smart idea's come to the front when it happens. It was a rather BIG boy who came at us, maybe 400-500lbs. It seems he couldn't smell us, so he charge past us to "see or smell" what you are. All that came to our mind was RUN! And he ran past and into the woods. All in fun (cleaning out pants)
     
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  2. joet

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  3. Sjm9911

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    Can I bring a salt lick and put it in the loud people's site? That would take care of both problums?
     
  4. Dan from Troup

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    Having wilderness camped all my adult life with backpacking, canoeing and kayaking, I've had very few animal encounters. I've always hung my food from trees or use bear barrels when paddling. Kitchen etiquette as in proper food and trash storage is paramount. Never used the bells but make noise by whistling, singing, huming or talking to myself to let those big fur babies know I'm out there too. Had a couple of coon dogs run into camp once who had numbers painted on their back. These flea bags got in my tent and layed down on my sleeping bag. Closest encounter I've had with animals. I've paddled in Glacier Bay Alaska on several multi-week kayak trips and the only menace we had was the mosquitos.(Grizzlies were all around us). I think some folks are afraid of the dark, monsters and wild animals. In reality it's really not a problem in most areas we all camp-in in North America.
     
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  5. Arlyn Aronson

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    We have wolves, B bears, M lions and coyotes here. I"m quite happy to not have any more "run in's" with bears but nonetheless, we are out and in the woods lots. It doens't worry us and its a rare occasion that we see them. Life is to shorty to be huddled around the television and worry about whats outside........

     
  6. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Many years ago my Uncle and Aunt were camping in the Smoky Mtns. the neighboring site campers were loud, belligerent and slobs even insulted the ranger, during the night when the drunks finally passed out, my Uncle and the ranger hung bacon on the neighbors tent, during the night a Bear came to visit, they figured the bear wanted, and got the bacon. When my Uncle and the ranger awoke the next morning the noisy campers were for some unknown reason, gone.
     
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  7. Toedtoes

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    While I get the humor of such a story, I find it extremely sad that a ranger would do something so irresponsible.
     
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  8. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    You have to remember this was in the 40-50's things were different way back then, Than they are now
     
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  9. Rik Peery

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    Things for sure are different now, & not so much in a good way, so many folks are spoiled & have developed a me first mentality...the Ranger should have tossed their arse off the camp site, hate to see good bacon wasted...
     
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  10. Dan from Troup

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    Ranger musn't been vegetarian otherwise a good smear of honey might have been the evil deed. Sounds like a couple of hooligans. Your uncle must have been a hoot.
     
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  11. Toedtoes

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    Except this took place in those "good old days" when folks were considerate and concerned. The campers were rude and disruptive and the ranger put the entire campground at risk playing a childish game instead of being an adult and dealing with the problem properly.

    I do agree he should have kicked them out of the campground.
     
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  12. BBQdave

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    Whether camping or in my neighborhood, I am amazed by folks who are self absorbed. And often think what would have happened to me as a kid if I would have behaved that way. Often think now a days, what would my Grandparents have done to remedy a problem.

    Great story, and belligerent bad behavior does not deserve kindness or tolerance.
     
  13. JunieB

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    Last camped out in FL in spring break season. Bad campers next door-- a family, but kept yelling at their kids; put their big tent up on the protected wiregrass area outside their tent area (prohibited in the written rules) and had to move it after ranger came by, etc. Their first morning-- they get up and say a RACCOON stole the BACON out of their cooler left out all night, of course. I surely hope it was just a raccoon. I tried to explain to them, food precautions you need to take in the wild. Lock it up. Put the cooler in the car.
     
  14. Toedtoes

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    I had a neighboring mother at a campground tell her 6-8 year old son just to poop in the bush. She couldn't be bothered to walk with up 3 sites to the bathroom. And, no she did not clean up after her mutt afterwards.

    I do have to state for the record that this sef-absorbed, narcissistic attitude isn't about kids. It is a product of the current society not of the way they are raised. There are just as many people of every generation behaving this way - because society says MY rights override YOUR rights. I have also met kids who have been nothing but considerate, kind, and courteous.

    I always laugh when folks blame it on the generation and the parents for raising their kids wrong. Ummm, who exactly raised those parents - oh right, your generation. So why couldn't you raise your kid right so he/she would raise their kids right? When does the blame game stop. Why are you complaining about this generation being selfish while you run your generator beyond posted hours and let your dog run loose? Oh right, because YOU are special but no one else is. Hmmm, generational - don't think so.
     
  15. Lloyd B

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    The problem with that is that our children didn't have the chance to raise their children the way that they were raised. My oldest granddaughter came home from school the first day and told her mom " my teacher said if you spank me, you will go to jail". That's the problem with some of the kids, a large lack of understanding right from wrong.
     
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    We are going camping next week at Green Meadows Camping Area . The wife is nervous because a bear climbed up our truck to smell the clam shell cargo carrier on the roof, while we were sleeping. . He must of thought it looked like a cooler. There were bear prints all over the back window and you can see where the bear stepped on the tire and also claw scratches on the roof. The truck was parked about six feet from our camper.
     
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    I don't believe that a ranger would hang bacon from a tent even in the 1950s. Your Uncle either made up the whole story or added the ranger so he doesn't look like a jerk.Most stories like this are people fantasies. What time would the drunks of passed out and why would the ranger be waiting with your uncle. Why would the ranger sit at your uncles campsite waiting for them to pass out when he could just kick them out. Was the ranger sleeping with your uncle? Makes no sense.
     
  18. Rik Peery

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    LMAO...never figured I'd see POST POLICE on a freakin' camper site...who gives a gnat's backside??? Guess a cyber polygraph should be administered for any future stories... 37629945_2160975220628265_1596352658598264832_n.jpg
     
  19. Toedtoes

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    So, because Mom can't spank the kid, the kid can't be raised to know right from wrong? Sorry, not buying that. I know many many many "kids these days" who know right from wrong without having been spanked. And I know many many older folks who never "learned" right from wrong regardless of their parent's outlook on spanking.

    We try so hard to simplify these things down into a "this is the reason", when the truth is there are so many factors that contribute to it.
     
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  20. BBQdave

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    And I believe that is an indicator of a larger issue, responsibility.

    Whichever style of teaching or raising your children, teaching them responsibility is important. And that is a challenge in today's climate of no - consequence and it's someone else's responsibility.

    I'm on the fence about this, because frankly the more folks that do not take responsibility, depend on others or depend on the government - more opportunity for me. I feel sorry for them, but if they are going to purposefully engage in bad behavior and enslave themselves to others - I might as well benefit from them, rather than carry them.

    I work with my kids and help in youth programs. I think the greatest gift you can give a child is to teach them self reliance. Respect themselves and afford that same respect to others.

    If your an adult, and do not have the simple understanding of respect for yourself and others, you will be used by someone.
     
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