Same here, but I feel like I've seen waaaaay more hikers with bear spray this year...
Definitely, I think the bear incidents in the news freaked people out. Probably important to acknowledge context is important i.e. if I'm in the backcountry, off trail, hunting I typically sleep with my food. If I'm camping in a camp ground, especially east side of RMNP or similar I'm absolutely locking everything with a scent in bear proof containers and or vehicles.
That is to say I think bear spray is more applicable in the highly trafficked areas.
Another scenario for you guys... Back country black power, do you tape the end of your barrel? or leave it open due to moisture in the air? I was thinking taping your barrel would keep the moisture in and then if you stay in the back country overnight your temp swing would cause condensation on the inside of your barrel? Which is a no no... So whats your guys take on that?
Thanks, I guess that puts me in the "old timer" status as I've been putting black electrical tape over the end of my barrel since I started hunting in the mid '60s. Usually just one strip will cover the muzzle, and when hunting with my braked rifles, I wrap tape around all of the ports.An "old timer" I used to hunt with showed this to me back in the early 1990's. Been doing it ever since. More out of habit than anything now. Even though I'm the one approaching the "old timer" status now.