BEAR­ING ARMS

Outdoor Life - - THE LIFE -

A cou­ple of points to add to the sage ad­vice of­fered in “Bear Ne­ces­si­ties” (Hunt­ing, Septem­ber). Af­ter spend­ing a decade in Alaska’s bear coun­try dur­ing the 1980s, and hav­ing suc­cess­fully tagged mul­ti­ple brown and black bears, I know I want a pow­er­ful firearm with me. While pep­per spray is cer­tainly ef­fec­tive, bears are often sur­prised from down­wind, elim­i­nat­ing their noses as a warn­ing de­vice. That means you could be de­fend­ing your life by spraying into a 20 mph head­wind.

Big hand­guns are ca­pa­ble with the right ammo. I car­ried a stain­less Red­hawk in

.44 Mag­num, stoked with FMJ hand­loads. Prac­tice quick, mul­ti­ple, and close-range shots with your hand­gun to be prop­erly pre­pared. Randy Big­ger­staff Kan­napo­lis, NC

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