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    Solo backpack camp safe?

    What do you guys do to protect camp day or nite from four legged unwanted guests, bear, cats, ect.? Just room in my sleeping bag for me, and food for one. Say 2 miles from road. Thanks guys

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    Keep all food and trash 100+ yds from tent.
    This will be your biggest deterrent.

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    Pee in a big circle around your tent

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    Keep food out of your tent, and at night and while you are out hunting away from camp, hang it in a tree. I teach "bear safe" practices during my summers guiding canoe trips, and the basic recommendation is 12' high, 4' from the tree, and 3' below the branch it's hanging from. You don't need a tape measure, but remember that black bears are proficient climbers. You don't need to put your whole pack up there, just bring a dedicated dry bag for your food and hang it in that. Your food for a backpack trip should only be a pound or so a day, so the hang will be easy. I spent 16 days solo backpacking last year and 60 days canoeing, and black bears are more of a nuisance than a threat. (Now Griz are a different story). I find that 30' of line that is the next step up from p-cord does the job. Bring more if you need to hang meat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Never in Doubt View Post
    Pee in a big circle around your tent

    I wonder how many guys have tried this....

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    I bet some knucklehead has!


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    Bring a seperate small tent. Setup out of camp with food/cooking materials inside.Never had a problem.

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    Keep your camp and yourself clean, eat away from camp and hang your food stores and trash. Don't keep it with you. Also things to think about are other items with smells like tooth paste or soaps. Bears can really sniff things out. Had 3 cubs get into our garage and get into the freezer, brought out my frozen elk and buffalo meat to mom to eat. As for in camp I haven't had any problems so far. Now moose is a different story!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mallardsx2 View Post
    I wonder how many guys have tried this....
    Gotta go somewhere.... I've done it and never had a bear in camp.... So for what that's worth

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    There is a blog article by Mike Eastman you can find here that covers much of this, and in depth in Elk Hunting The West Revisited.

    Stephen Rosso also put together a solid piece on the blog, you can read that here.
    www.eastmans.com
    blog.eastmans.com
    www.wingmen.us

 

 
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