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