Sat, Mar 17 2012 at 12:43 AM
Unfortunately, these so-called "experts" aren't. Bear spray won't have any effect on a charging bear. Bears are normally bothered by humans and will avoid contact. If the bear is charging at you, it's either starving and looking for a quick source of food; or you have gotten between a mother bear and her cubs. Either way, the spray will just annoy them, but they don't need to see you to eat you; and I wouldn't want them to get close enough so I could spray them in the face. And as for the expert suggesting that a head shot might kill the bear; that is the absolute proof that this person doesn't have a clue what they're talking about. The average grizzly bear's skull is over an inch thick at the forehead. Anything less than armor piercing ammo would likely bounce right off them, assuming you could aim well enough to hit them between the eyes. A well placed shot to the heart/lung area will stop most bears in their tracks. Take this from a person who has actually seen a bear in the woods; actually shot at a bear in the woods; and has actually killed a bear in the woods. I don't think these so-called experts have ever even been in the woods in their life.