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PostPosted: June 14th, 2016, 12:29 pm 
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I was really happy to have the opportunity to trip for the May long weekend with friends. Our first night on Noganash, just as we were settling in our tents, we heard about 2-3 BANGS and someone shouting across the lake. After that it was silent. The owls were calling back and forth until the "bangs" and we were left thinking someone may be in trouble.

The next morning we discussed whether it was bangers or fireworks as it was the holiday weekend for that. We saw a canoe moving around at the campsite and assumed all was well otherwise they'd vacate if there were bear problems. Then for the next two nights the bangers went off.

As we paddled out on our last day we passed by the site and saw they were packing up. I asked, "We heard what we think were bear bangers at night. Did you have bear problems?" He replied, no bears, but he did use them to scare off any that may have been lurking! :roll: We suggested to him that to use the bangers unnecessarily may habituate the bears to the sound and then when someone really needs to use one it will have no effect. He didn't have a comment for us and we wished him a good day.

I've never carried bear bangers or spray but have been considering doing so for a solo trip but I'd never use them to "cry wolf".

Am I right with my belief that these deterrents should only be used when truly needed?

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PostPosted: June 14th, 2016, 3:31 pm 
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Agreed they are a good tool!
But to scare what is hiding under their tents...... :-?

If you are new to them I would recommend a practice session of one (1) (uno) (ຫນຶ່ງ) (mojo)... (and so on) 8)

So you know how they operate.

Then you have an empty shell casing with which to practice and show others in your group how to use it.

I have given expired bear spray cans to groups that are planning very remote trips so they can practice (eye wear and masks used)
But on that I have also heard you can get practice sprays (no active ingredients).

Bigger problem I see was if you in the dark made a rushing effort to go help a fellow camper because of the bangers and they fired one off at you because they where scared of the dark.
Since they where trying to "scare off what is lurking out there....."
I doubt they would have followed the protocol of launching them to give a critter an escape path.
:tsk: :tsk: :tsk:

Not only that, in dry conditions starting a fire by launching them....

Glad you talked to them.

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PostPosted: June 15th, 2016, 8:53 am 
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Maybe it was just easier for them to say were scared than yeehaaa were hillbillies? Either way they walk among us.


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PostPosted: June 15th, 2016, 10:22 am 
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This was discussed here:

http://www.myccr.com/phpbbforum/viewtop ... ophylactic


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PostPosted: June 15th, 2016, 10:05 pm 
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Thanks all! I read the comments on the other thread too and no longer feel a need to rant about the unnecessary and intrusive noise! :wink:

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