scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: G2SS question
Robert Lewis (rlewis6@NYCAP.RR.COM
Sun May 28 2000 - 19:35:04 CDT
I don't know what the G2SS says about this, but I firmly feel that you
should not bring a gun. If you follow the normal precautions for camping in
bear country, then you will have no problems. The precautions include
hanging a Bear Bag including everything that is smellable. In an extreme
case that is all food, trash, cooking utensils, toothpaste, deodorant,
toothbrush, water bottles that have had things other than water in them,
clothes you cooked in, bug spray, etc... you get the picture. To hang the
bag, you must use 2 ropes, over 2 tree branches. Hang the bag(s) at least
15 feet high, and 10 feet from the trees. Also this should be a good
distance away from camp, at least 100 yards. Also, leave your packs outside
your tent and all zippers open to minimize damage from the more prevalent
and destructive small rodents.
Like I said this is for extreme bear country cases. If it would make you
feel better, they do sell Bear Spray (industrial strength pepper spray).
The chances are though that you will not come across a bear, or much
wildlife at all, especially with noisy scouts. You could also wear small
bells on your pack to ward off the bears, but as the joke goes, "How do you
recognize Grizzly Bear scat? By the little bells in it." On another note
though, it takes a rather big gun to kill a bear, the only sure way to keep
it from attacking you. Unless you are carrying it in your hands or on your
hip, you are not likely quick enough to pull it and hit the bear, hence it's
just useless and potentially dangerous junk.
In my years of backpacking the Adirondaks of NY, and more than once staying
in a camping area known for black bears, and a couple of raids that summer.
I followed the above rules and had no problems.
Robert M. Lewis
From: Bob and Rusty Taylor <brtaylor@TELEBYTE.NET>
To: SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU <SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU>
Date: Sunday, May 28, 2000 20:10
Subject: G2SS question
>our canoe trip will take us into bear country this summer. one of our
>advisors has expressed a desrie to bring a gun for protection. what does
>G2SS say about guns on outtings?
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