OK - but never take knife to a bear fight. You'll be dinner. There is one - proven - instance where a guy killed a bear with a Buck folder. One.koyoteefyre wrote:Wear bells and noisy things on you, most bear encounters take place because of surprise. Most bears have very thick hide which hand guns rarely penetrate, and who is going to hike with a rifle ? You have a better chance with a good fighting knife as bears attack fast and bring you close in. Go for eyes, mouth, under jaw, or hate to say it groin.
As for handguns... size does matter.
rush, a veteran salmon fishing guide from the town of Soldotna, was walking his dogs on a rare day off from work. On his hip was a large handgun, a Ruger chambered for the powerful .454 Casull cartridge. Brown bears are a constant presence in Brush’s neighborhood, and many residents feel the largely-unhunted animals have little fear of man.
Because of many bear-related incidents in this area, Brush always has brown bears on his mind…even when walking a well-maintained road. On just such a road, less than 500 yards from his house, Brush stopped when he heard a twig snap behind him. Turning his head toward the sound, Brush saw a monstrous brown bear charging toward him. “There was no warning,” he stresses. “None of the classic teeth-popping or woofing, raising up on hind legs, or bluff-charging that you read about. When I spotted him he was within 15 yards, his head down and his ears pinned back. He was coming like a freight train…in total chase-mode.”
(Source) The bear died at his feet. After 5 shots - and his gun had jammed....