Most of the recommendations I have read suggest bear spray. The problem with weapons is that if you wound a grizzly during a false charge, it probably will keep coming until you die or the bear dies. Bear spray requires less accuracy than a weapon as well.For you guys that fish in grizzly country, how do you handle that, are you armed? If so with what. I know bear attacks are seldom but a grizzly has a different outlook on things than a black bear.
You could have also told them that the scat smelled of bear spray.This thread reminds me of when Jim Greenlee and I were hiking up to the first meadow of Slough Creek. There was a grizzly in the area but the trail was open and so up we went. On the way up the hill we did find a pile of bear scat and we kept going. Behind us came this couple and we could hear the tinkle-tinkle of bear bells on their belts as they walked.
We stopped for a rest and when they passed us they asked us whether there were grizzlies in the area. I asked them whether they saw the grizzly bear scat passed along the trail. The female asked how I knew for sure it was grizzly scat. I told her that I recognized the bear bells in the scat. She looked petrified. Jim and I laughed about that for the rest of the day.
The way I interpret this is that you have no defensive weapon of any kind, and you are OK with that and aren't worried simply because you live a good full life. So have I, but I have a desire to make it a bit fuller.I fished Slough Creek last August. We were the first ones up the trail and the wolves howled at us when we entered first meadow. Saw sandhill cranes in second meadow. Had a small grizzly run past us on the trail while we were watering up on the hike out. Neither one of us had bear spray, neither one of us was worried about it. If **** happens, it happens. I've lived a good full life.