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#1 OFFLINE   Snowy Bird

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 06:27 PM

I have always wondered how badly a human could be hurt by the "bear bangers" that they sell here in Alberta.
I guess I found the answer.
Very unfortunate incident and I would imagine they will all be banned now due to this.

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Posted 08 September 2009 - 07:45 PM

I wasn't aware you could buy those things. We always carry the jumbo size bottle of Bear spray to protect us from bears and other "Animals" that may be lurking in the woods. I'm glad to say, never had the opportunity to use it !
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Posted 08 September 2009 - 08:47 PM

I have always wondered how badly a human could be hurt by the "bear bangers" that they sell here in Alberta.
I guess I found the answer.
Very unfortunate incident and I would imagine they will all be banned now due to this.

Bear Banger


A flare gun used for marine distress signaling, would probably have the same affect on a human.
They fire a 12 gage shotgun shell to launch the flare. You can buy them in any marine supply store here.
I would hope that they don't ban those when someone get shot.

Typical flare gun: http://www.signal-fl...hp?g2_itemId=50

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 05:25 AM

I wasn't aware you could buy those things. We always carry the jumbo size bottle of Bear spray to protect us from bears and other "Animals" that may be lurking in the woods. I'm glad to say, never had the opportunity to use it !



I think they are a no-no in BC. I know of BC residents that tried to buy some in your province with no luck.
If you're ever out this way, you can buy them at any outdoor store, like Totem Outfitters. They are about $20 for the pen and then about another $20 for 4-6 cartridges of either the "bear bangers or flares". They work with both and are interchangeable.
They really are a handy little rocket launcher for "animals".


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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:52 AM

I think they are a no-no in BC. I know of BC residents that tried to buy some in your province with no luck.
If you're ever out this way, you can buy them at any outdoor store, like Totem Outfitters. They are about $20 for the pen and then about another $20 for 4-6 cartridges of either the "bear bangers or flares". They work with both and are interchangeable.
They really are a handy little rocket launcher for "animals".


I'll have to look into that next time I'm in your neck of the woods. Sounds like they have a better range than bear spray, and probably more effective too.
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Posted 09 September 2009 - 07:07 AM

I buy them here in BC. Used them a couple of weeks ago when a bear wandered into camp.
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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:24 PM

I buy them here in BC. Used them a couple of weeks ago when a bear wandered into camp.



Where in B.C did you buy them?

And, how did they work?

I have seen videos of them scaring the crap of bears.

If anyone has ever fired one they are very, very loud and have a real kick for their size.


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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:27 PM

I'll have to look into that next time I'm in your neck of the woods. Sounds like they have a better range than bear spray, and probably more effective too.



Yes, definately more effective, dual purpose and pack easier also.

I would highly recommend them, just educate anyone that doesn't know what harm they can do.

Now, to penetrate a bear's coat, probably not, piss them off yes, if they aren't afraid.


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Posted 18 September 2009 - 09:31 PM

Hmmmmmm . . . just thinkin'. . . as summer winds down I notice I just ain't gettin NO RESPECT from the deer 'round here no more... :evilgrin0002: :evilgrin0002:

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 06:43 AM

Are the bear bangers much louder than a pistol loaded with blanks? I'm thinking a 38 caliber. I had to use my shotgun last year to scare away a black bear who came up and leaned on my patio door. He just wasn't scared when I yelled at him. But, when I fired my 12-gauge between us, he took off.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:13 AM

All I know is that the couple that we have fired as tests, I jumped about 6 feet in the air. (Way louder than a pistol IMO, and probably about the same as a shotgun).
They are very, very loud and would scare the shit out of anyone or anything.





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