We have had the great fortune of never encountering a bear during our numerous camping trips. However, we have heard stories from another outdoorsman who have had their fair share of run-ins. Most were spotted while people were hiking and when they did spot a black bear they quickly made themselves scarce just in case the bear spotted them and got curious!
There is always the potential of an encounter and disaster ensuing so the best thing you can do is attempt to keep yourself uninteresting to the bear. In other words, if the bear smells food on you — you immediately become interesting!
But how do you do that? You have food in your backpack and any creature is eventually going to find that smell, right? Not necessarily.
Go over to the next page and read up on a few tips and products that may help you avoid bears and, in the process, save a life or two!