I definitely carry it in Grizzly country...but not in black bear only territory. Although, it seems there are more and more alleged sightings where there aren’t supposed to be any Grizzlies!
I’m heading out Friday and will update my findings!Quick update on our Sunday trip . The wife and I hit three spots we bear hunt and yes you guessed it all three still snowed in . I did push through on one trail with the Chevy but the wife says ok that's enough I'm not spending the night out here .
I agreed and got turned around . We did find a sweet camping spot with a fire pit already set up . I jumped out and was looking around and found some old / last fall scat close to the berry patch ! Oh and yes I found another tick . Not sure why they like me so much . Time to get the sticky roller and the repellent in the truck .
We spotted lots of deer and elk on the trip all seem to be low in elevation . It was great to get out anyway !!
Best of luck to you guys that head out
I carry spray and a 10mm, every time no matter what. Also, "Griz country" has expanded from what many will have you believe. I have seen grizzly bears or tracks in almost all of my hunting areas over the years. There's always the exception but, I treat most good elk hunting spots as "Griz country." If there are Elk the chances are there are Grizzly bears nearby. Same with wolves. That has been my experience anyhow. Good luck out there.
I've never shot a fall bear, but my spring bear last year was really good. I kept both hind quarters whole and brined them for a week before putting them in the smoker all day. Tasted very similar to a smoked pork ham!How is the quality of meat on a spring bear compared to that of a fall bear?