Bear Safety for Hunters – Avoiding Conflict on the Hunt
If you are hunting in BC, then you are in bear country. While out on the hunt you are probably sneaking around to find a game animal, and this puts you at risk of accidentally startling a scared bear. This is not a good scenario. You might also find yourself miles from the road or camp, gutting an elk, with hours of packing meat ahead of you through an old burn with limited visibility. This is not a good scenario.
This bear safety webinar is designed specifically for hunters who are at a higher risk for potential conflicts with bears. Every year a few hunters have encounters with bears that result in an unfortunate outcome for the hunter and the bear. In this webinar, we will offer practical measures, recommendations, and techniques that you can incorporate into your hunt to reduce the risk of bear encounters.
This webinar will cover:
- What does bear habitat look like?
- What’s the difference between Grizzly and Black Bears and their behaviour? Why does it matter?
- What’s bear sign looks like and how fresh is it?
- Wild bear behaviour vs. habituated bear behaviour?
- Safe practices for hunting in bear country
- Safe practices at the kill site
- Meatpacking recommendations
- Meat care recommendations back at camp
- What to do if you startle a bear
- Effective bear spray use
- Bear spray vs firearms in a bear conflict
- When is it OK to shoot a bear?
And a few bear stories…
For Dylan Eyers, hunting has always been about two things: creating a community around food and connecting with nature. It’s a philosophy he picked up from a long line of hunters, and it’s one that he’s proud to pass on to new generations.
His maternal grandfather, Wally, was a Métis fur trapper… Read More »
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