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    I bought a can of bear spray last week to carry with me when I'm camping and traveling through Canada. In the past I've had a gun with me, often a handgun in the US. That isn't allowed in Canada and I've got another trip north planned for this summer.

    I was wondering how other pilots carry bear spray in their planes? My Alaska Cub friends won't transport it in the cabin, only in a belly pod. The fear is that if it accidentally discharged in the cabin during flight the outcome might not be good.

    I bought a little MTM brand Survivor dry box that I thought would make a good transport container.

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    Anybody have experience with this subject? Anybody actually used bear spray on a bear?

    I have bumped into a few bears while airplane camping in Montana and Alaska. But I have never had to defend myself, but having the handgun or bear spray is comforting. In Alaska I borrowed both.

    There is a Customs office on the airport at Kalispell and made an appointment to ask a few questions. One of them was about bear spray. The agent said that having bear spray on board is fine and it is just necessary to declare it when passing through US Customs. He said the same was true of Canadian Customs as long as it is labeled as bear spray. If it is meant for humans, like Mace, they won't allow it.

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    Here is a 3-legged brown bear directly across the river from our gravel bar camp. We had electric bear fence but .....

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    Brown bear tracks. They like fish too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daveembry View Post
    Dan,

    I flew up to the Yukon (through Edmonton and Whitehorse) bear and sheep hunting last August commercial. They wouldn't allow bear spray ANYWHERE on the plane.....not in checked or carry-on luggage. They were really adamant about it. I said ... "Hell no I don't have any bear repellant.....I HUNTING for them!"

    Now that may have just been an "Airline" rule internally and not Canadian Regs.
    That is an airline regulation and true on domestic flights too.

    Who did you sheep hunt with? On my way back from Alaska I'm stopping at Mervyn's out of Whitehorse for a Dall sheep hunt the first week of August.
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    I strap my bear spray to the rear step on the gear leg. I never know where I will end up so it stays on the cub all summer. If you spook a bear with cubs, you may not have time to use either. There seems to have been more attacks last year than other years, some never had time to use it. I don't know what it best, a bad shot could just upset the bear and the spray may just do the same. I don't think there is a good answer. I just hope I never have to use it.

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    And for the USA side, I carry this. Clearly not the answer in all cases, and spray may be better?
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    You can carry a rifle into Canada okay. I've flown in Canada (and Alaska) with a Marlin Guide gun, which seems the best bear gun to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles View Post
    You can carry a rifle into Canada okay. I've flown in Canada (and Alaska) with a Marlin Guide gun, which seems the best bear gun to me.
    You can bring a rifle through Canada if it meets their requirement ( barrel length and Type of rifle) but you must fill out the paperwork and pay the fees. I used to transport (I was a 20 year resident of Alaska)
    a hunting rifle through Canada every year from Southeast Alaska to the North Slope. It is NOT something you should do without research on the rules.

    Regarding Bear Spray, that is also something to research. I carried the spray in a PVC pipe sealed on one end and screw capped on the other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cityrancher View Post
    Regarding Bear Spray, that is also something to research. I carried the spray in a PVC pipe sealed on one end and screw capped on the other.
    I like the PVC pipe idea with a threaded cap. That would contain the spray if it happened to discharge.

    And Troy's idea of strapping it it outside to a gear leg is another good solution.
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    [COLOR=#000000][FONT=Arial]They have slightly different behaviors. A grizzly will often attack but break it off and stop and not kill if a victim covers up and plays dead. If a black bear attacks you it is generally going to kill you and eat you, so you better damn well fight for your life. Yeah, most of the time black bears run off, but that doesn't mean you should lose respect for what they can do.Bears have a 20X better sense of smell than dogs, so bear spray, According to these guys very effective on them. Personally, I prefer the option of defending myself to plan B -- roll into a fetal ball, and hope the bear doesn't rip open a major artery while he's mauling you. Check out this video about When black bears attack!On YouTube there are a lot of interesting videos on this subject, yesterday I watched one of them, because my friend also asked for advice in choosing. Look, I hope that helps. Good luck
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    Why not carry it on the jury struts like we do snowshoes? Easier to get to instead of buried in the pod

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    Quote Originally Posted by eseyro View Post
    yesterday I watched one of them, because my friend also asked for advice in choosing. Look, I hope that helps. Good luck]
    Bears attack when you smell like spam.

    (New member, and the links he provides are to an Amazon affiliate scheme thing.)

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