Have you heard this one before? There were two hunters who were walking through a forest looking for deer. When all of a sudden, a giant bear jumps out and scares the sh*t out of them. They drop their guns and run like hell. One of the hunters stopped, opened up his backpack, and laced up a pair of running shoes. His buddy looked at him and said, “What are you doing? Are you crazy? You can’t out run the bear!” To this the hunter said, “I know, all I have to do is out run you!” The hunters in this video didn’t have to out run anyone. They were safe up in the tree stand. Or so they thought.
I like the way he talked to him in a calm voice. That man is obviously a pro! In case you are wondering, there are a lot of things you can do to deter a black bear from approaching or hanging out around your property. Here are some things that you might have hanging around the house, cabin, or camp. Big beach balls tossed at bears often scares them off, as do opening and closing an umbrella, shaking a big tarp or garbage bag, or banging pots and pans. A well-aimed stone can help drive your message home. Always aim at the bear’s rump. Don’t ever throw stones directly in the bear’s face. Stones should not be larger than a golf ball. A soup can filled with pebbles and taped shut makes for a very effective noisemaker. Shake it vigorously as you yell at the bear to leave, and then if needed, throw it beside the bear. If a bear climbs up a tree to escape (that you are not already sitting in) yell at it and beat the base of the tree with a baseball bat or heavy stick. Keep them up there for a while, smacking the tree and yelling at them. This really scares them. After a minute or two of this, go back inside your home or cabin and let them come down. This should scare them off for good. Or like in this man’s case, if you are up in a tree just try asking the bear what he is doing. Let us know your thoughts.