How To Be Prepared For A Grizzly Bear Encounter – Hunt in Montana
By Hookemharry

Posted: September 22, 2012

Grizzly bears, this time of year are typically preparing for winter hibernation. Bird and bow hunters should be alert and prepared for encounters while out in the field.

“Each year we urge hunters to avoid riparian areas with dense cover because that’s where grizzly and black bears seek berries and other food,” said Ron Aasheim, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesman. “Just like many hunters, bears like the cover. Hunters need to expect to see and possibly encounter bears, so be smart, be alert and hunt the edges. Don’t get into the dense cover.”

Aasheim recommends that hunters, especially archers and many upland bird hunters, carry bear spray.

“Statistically, bear spray is the most effective tool for personal protection in bear country,” Aasheim said.

 Tips to help you be prepared if you encounter a Grizzly Bear while hunting:

  • Carry bear spray and know how to use it.
  • Avoid hunting alone and avoid hunting in dense cover
  • Learn to recognize signs of bear activity.
  • After taking a deer or elk, immediately separate the carcass from the gut pile.
  • If you must leave the carcass, hang it out of reach of a bear.
  • When returning to a carcass, observe the area from a distance for bear activity, including a moved or partially buried carcass.
  • If a bear has claimed the carcass leave it alone and contact FWP immediately.


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