Not ev­ery­one who works in bear coun­try re­lies on spray

Outdoor Life - - HUNTING -

Alaska game war­dens and back­coun­try rangers might carry bear spray, but their go-to pro­tec­tion in bear coun­try is a pump-ac­tion shot­gun loaded with slugs. That was the take­away from a week in Alaska, train­ing with of­fi­cers who en­counter bears on the job.

The most pop­u­lar model in the class was a short-bar­reled Rem­ing­ton 870 Syn­thetic Tac­ti­cal. Other fa­vorites are the Winch­ester SXP, Moss­berg Scor­pion, and Benelli Nova. The fa­vored sidearm is a Ruger Su­perred­hawk Alaskan model in .454 Ca­sull. For ri­fles, it’s the Ruger Guide Gun or CZ Sa­fari Mag­num in .375 Ruger or .375 H&H. —Larry Case

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