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all the time whatever deterrent you are going to use.
It does no good if you dont have your weapon at hand.
You must practice with it whether it be a slingshot or bear spray..you cannot afford to spray yourself or pelt a human.
I have had several bear encounters. All were on the trail walking and in the daytime. Having your group make noise in this case does make sense.
I may have had a sniffing bear next to my tent once. I didnt get up to check. It went away.
Put into perspective the most dangerous thing about a camping trip is the drive. There ARE predatory bears but they are rare.
Even the bear that my husband hit with a car and did not kill ( but it could not walk) did not attack him.(Of course he had to check what he had hit. A 350 lb rug)
has been handling a snow shovel very well for the past four days--even though she's not a scout master--but hey, if you need some practice come to my place and I'll let you shovel all the snow that you need to
Scout camps have a gun/shooting program. You just can't have them in your camp site, just like the military keeps all the guns in an armory rather than in the barracks. Saves on a lot of unnecessary trips to the emergency room.
When possible the DNR will capture a problem bear and move it. If all else fails they will kill it. This happened at the scout camp we go to a few times.
When you're out on your own, feel free to carry all the fire power you need.