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eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
Inventor's hiking stick can fend off bears on 09/15/2013 13:37:37 MDT Print View

more at link

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/inventor-s-hiking-stick-can-fend-off-bears-1.1700725

A Thunder Bay man has combined his interest in martial arts and hiking to create what he thinks is an effective bear deterrent.

Jim Morris is marketing what he calls The Bear Stick, which was developed from an idea he had while hiking. He said it's similar to a Jo, a weapon used in the martial art Aikido.




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Edited by bearbreeder on 09/15/2013 13:38:15 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Inventor's hiking stick can fend off bears on 09/15/2013 13:43:06 MDT Print View

A nail on a stick... that should work!

alex hansen
(holden425) - F
lawyer on 09/15/2013 13:53:04 MDT Print View

He better have a good one...

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: lawyer on 09/15/2013 13:57:29 MDT Print View

If you're that close, you can just pat them on the head as they walk by.

I would think that stick would be a worse idea.
A poked bear is an angry bear.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Inventor's hiking stick can fend off bears on 09/15/2013 14:00:09 MDT Print View

Where you find these things, Eric? Apparently, it's a slow news day in Canada: "And before we get to the maple syrup price futures report . . . . "

I made myself one of those. But the nail was smaller. And I made it to pick up litter on the trail without bending over. It worked well for that.

For some reason, when people go all primitive, they start with a somewhat straight stick they found on the trail. Whenever I see a useable handle set aside at the trash transfer station, I snag it. Later, when I need a staff, handle extension, tree-house handrail, etc, I use that perfectly straight-grained, turned, sanded handle of 3-, 4-, or 5-foot length. Lacking that resource:

For $6, 5-feet-long (you can put the handle/strap short of the top), ash, pretty light:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/True-Temper-60-in-Tapered-Broom-Handle-2700100/100605569#.UjYQcxYqdz9

For $11, 4-feet-long and VERY sturdy:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/True-Temper-46-5-in-Solid-Shank-Shovel-Handle-2037400/100605615#.UjYQxRYqdz8

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Inventor's hiking stick can fend off bears on 09/15/2013 14:19:28 MDT Print View

Instead of a walking stick with a nail, how about using a baseball bat with a nail?

Dual purpose.

--B.G.--

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Be careful, you could poke an eye with that thing. on 09/15/2013 15:08:39 MDT Print View

Is what my mother always said.

When she wasn't saying, "You could burn yourself".

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Inventor's hiking stick can fend off bears on 09/15/2013 16:32:04 MDT Print View

Luxurylite is way ahead of him.

http://www.luxurylite.com/ssindex.html

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Re: Re: Inventor's hiking stick can fend off bears on 09/15/2013 16:36:20 MDT Print View

Check out the video in this review. Back when BPL had a sense of humor that also educated.

Duh! I never posted the link!

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/2008_luxurylite_big_survival_stik_staff_review.html#.Ujb5qKa9LCQ

Edited by T.L. on 09/16/2013 06:30:14 MDT.

Matthew Perry
(bigfoot2) - F

Locale: Oregon
Inventor's hiking stick can fend off bears on 09/15/2013 17:16:35 MDT Print View

Canadians...what a bunch of ice-holes. I laughed so hard I peed my kilt.........

Matt

Edited by bigfoot2 on 09/15/2013 17:18:22 MDT.

Hoot Filsinger
(filsinger) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Inventor's hiking stick can fend off bears on 09/15/2013 18:02:07 MDT Print View

Ken,
That Texan Toothpick is lightweight but I prefer this:


Bear stick

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: stick can fend off bears on 09/15/2013 18:43:40 MDT Print View

MYOG

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=48101

Desert Dweller
(Drusilla)

Locale: Wild Wild West
Defense on 09/15/2013 23:54:50 MDT Print View

We need a mongo taser for bears......forget the sticks with nails...

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Used to work, sometimes on 09/16/2013 05:50:27 MDT Print View

Natives used to kill grizzlies (and lions in Africa) by getting them to charge and spearing them. No info on the mortality rate for Native American bear hunters.

But the spear heads were wider and would have penetrated a lot more bear. This thing would make a small short hole in the bear and make it madder. I think you'd have better luck with a .22 rifle.

robert van putten
(Bawana) - F

Locale: Planet Bob
Bah! on 09/16/2013 11:17:16 MDT Print View

Real men don't need sticks, they just punch the bears out.

" A man has told how he punched a grizzly bear to scare it off after the animal entered the camping tent he and his girlfriend were sleeping in.
Jason Lauesen and Liz Pawelko of Fairbanks, Alaska were reportedly woken up early by shaking and a bear's head, or possibly a paw, coming into Mr Lauesen's side of their tent.
At the time of the scare earlier this month, Mr Lauesen did not have his glasses on, and does not know what part of the bear he made contact with.
But whatever part entered the tent shredded the inflatable mattress he was sleeping on at the Sourdough Campground.
He told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner: "I was sort of half asleep, and at first, I thought, 'Jeez, this is really tossing and turning.'
"Then I realised what was going on so I sat up. My first reaction was to punch, so I did."
The couple estimated the entire bear encounter, which happened about 6am, lasted less than a minute. They described the bear as relatively small, but definitely a grizzly.
The pair were coming back from a trip to McCarthy in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and had arrived at the campsite late the night before.
After the encounter, they found the jacket Mr Lauesen had been using as a pillow soaked in bear saliva that reeked of fish.
This indicated the bear probably had its head in the tent"

http://news.sky.com/story/1142504/grizzly-bear-punched-by-camper-in-alaska

eric chan
(bearbreeder) - F - M
Man punches grizzly bear to escape vicious attack in B.C. on 09/17/2013 14:06:20 MDT Print View

“I punched her right square in the nose,” he said. “I gave it all I had to get away.”

Thankfully, Lacerte’s final blow was enough to scare off the grizzly and stop the attack.


more at link

http://globalnews.ca/news/824369/man-punches-grizzly-bear-to-escape-vicious-attack-in-b-c/