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Despirte recent snowfall, griz are still active--MT Report
      #307532 - 10/11/17 02:04 AM

Hunting - Region 7
Tue Nov 07 09:03:00 MST 2017

Recent grizzly bear attacks involving hunters reinforces the importance of being bear aware in Montana, even with a thick layer of snow on the ground in most parts of the state.

During the past weekend, hunters were attacked by bears in separate incidents. In one incident, in southwest Montana in Tom Miner Basin, a hunter was hiking in to retrieve an elk. He encountered a bear and deployed bear spray. He sustained minor injuries in the attack.

In another incident near Pendroy, north of Choteau on the Rocky Mountain Front, a pheasant hunter and his dog startled a sow grizzly with three cubs. The bear charged and the hunter killed it with his 12-guage shotgun.

“We’ve had a few instances, just in recent days, of hunters encountering bears – both black and grizzly,” said Ken McDonald, wildlife division administrator for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. “Hunters should remain vigilant because even though we’ve got quite a bit of snow on the ground in some places, bears are still active.”

Hunters within the western half of Montana should consider themselves in grizzly bear country. The past few years, grizzly bears have moved out from traditional ranges into areas they haven’t been documented in decades, including areas of the prairie well out from the Rocky Mountain Front.
Hunters should take every possible precaution when hunting in bear country.

Carry bear spray AND be ready to use it at a second’s notice..
hunt with a partner, leave detailed plans with someone and check-in periodically
pay attention to fresh bear sign. Look for bear tracks, scat, and concentrations of natural foods
use caution when hunting areas that have evidence of bear activity or areas with scavenging birds such as magpies, ravens, or crows
get harvested big game out of the woods quickly
upon returning to a site where harvested game is left unattended, study the site at a distance for any movement or changes and signal your approach by making plenty of noise
never attempt to frighten or haze a bear from a carcass
contact FWP if a bear has consumed a carcass or covered it with debris rendering it unsalvageable.
Most grizzly bears will typically leave an area if they sense human presence. Hunters who observe a grizzly bear or suspect a bear is nearby should leave the area. If you do encounter a grizzly, stay calm, don't run, and assess the situation by trying to determine if the bear is actually aware of you. Is it, for instance, threatening or fleeing? Always keep the bear in sight as you back away, and leave the area.
For more on bears, visit FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov; then click Be Bear Aware. Bear resistant products are described on the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee's website at www.igbconline.org. A “How to Hunt Safely in Grizzly Country” brochure is also available at FWP regional offices.

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Re: Despirte recent snowfall, griz are still active--MT Report [Re: Ripp]
      #307889 - 18/11/17 03:14 AM

grizzly seems to be very unfriendly

"The bear charged and the hunter killed it with his 12-guage shotgun."

hope not with bird shot, never leave the house without slugs. I think now the 28 ga is not the right gun for hunting Montana!

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Re: Despirte recent snowfall, griz are still active--MT Report [Re: lancaster]
      #307891 - 18/11/17 04:46 AM

The 12 will work with a pheasant load, if the bear is close enough.

The course I took suggested spray is effective only if used accurately within 12 feet. A bear at 30mph covers that quite quickly.

A blast of bird-shot to the face from a choked gun at that same range, should pen. his frontal skull.

Yes - slugs are much better - buckshot will work at spray ranges, but not much beyond that 12 to 15 feet. It, like bird shot, has to hit as a solid slug would.

Best to pack slugs.

Here, there is no such thing as a 28 bore slug load, that I am aware of.

I would prefer something over an ounce.

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Re: Despirte recent snowfall, griz are still active--MT Report [Re: Daryl_S]
      #307896 - 18/11/17 06:20 AM

think there are 28 ga slug loads but muzzle energy would be just about whitetail level

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Re: Despirte recent snowfall, griz are still active--MT Report [Re: lancaster]
      #307899 - 18/11/17 07:14 AM

The 28 is gaining popularity here, but is still the least used shotshell size, even less than 16 bore, with 12,of course being the standard.
I have never seen shot size here larger than #6 in 28 bore.

I really haven't looked hard, either.

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