I'd agree with Old Padawan and all the others who have recommended "heavy flat point." A 357 with a good load should be adequate for romping around in the woods with the slim possibility of running across a wolf or bear sometimes.
Originally Posted by Old Padawan
Here in Idaho I run across bears on a regular basis and the wolf population is growing ridiculously out of control.
My solution? Before I push my luck one more summer I am buying some UDAP bear spray. Every black bear I have run across (well almost every) has turned-tail. When an attack does occur it is typically a SHORT CHARGE! Not much time to draw and less time to aim. Plus when you're looking a bear head on you have very few vital points: a well armored head, some shoulders and maybe a glimpse of a heavy ribcage. That's not going to stop a determined bear. Bear spray has the advantage of easy aim, and it attacks his most sensitive and vulnerable points: eyes and sniffer.
Moral: You're probably set with a good load. However, if you do enough tromping around in the woods that you expect someday to come face to face with an upset black bear, start carrying some bear spray!
start carrying some bear spray!
Maybe on a bluff? Don't work on for-real's charges. Spray won't stop a momma-bear intent on gettin' some. Bullets do-..... sometimes.
I suggest practice with a non-jacketed bronze or HC WC.
I've carried spray in places that won't allow sidearms. Was better off with a Buck knife and a spear. Some newbs even sprayed it on their clothes as a 'repellent'. We jokingly refered to that as 'salsa'. I won't even go into bear country anymore if I can't pack my Alaskan. Seen what 'they' can do.
Some more advice- never remove your gunbelt, for any reason. The second your FA is out of reach is usually when the fur hit's the fan.
I admit I use to laugh at bear spray... (there's a good joke to go along with that) and while I don't have any firsthand experience with it yet, I've changed my mind.
Check out the testimonials on UDAP's site (http://www.udap.com/testify.htm#testimonials).
Especially testimonial 1 and 6 as both involve cub and sow. 6 is a grizzly.
That being said, take Clanger's advice and never let that Ruger off your belt!
Wish I could see them movies... my box wont play 'em etc...
I'll take yer word for it though... I've tested that stuff before going out (like it says in the directions), the cone of orange-death they spray is pretty unreal- one can even had a little recoil.
The weedpatch we tested on the next day was pretty much done too.
Nasty stuff to be sure.
protection from wolves and bears
I too have a cottage in NW Wisconsin,
Not to mention the over abundance of bears and wolves there is also the threat although small.... from cougar.
The WI DNR was trying to radio collar a male cat this spring not a 1/2 mile from my place.
I run (3) german shorthairs in NW WI for grouse in the fall, SO besides the shotgun with bird shot I will be carrying my gp100 6in stainless with 180 grain corbons.
There is no place in northern WI were a chance encounter can't happen with a bear, many wolf or cougar. The autumn season is way too beautiful to be run out of the woods because of toothy critters that might want to bite me !!!
In fact an article just appeared in the paper today about the population expolsion of wolves seen this winter/spring across the state.
If you have dogs or livestock beware, looks to be a banner year for the wolf.
Wolves don't run by themselves generally. When I have seen them they are always in groups of 3 or more.
I live in northeast PA. We have lots of black bears around. Most are harmless. Moms protecting cubs are crazy. I avoid when possible, but I have a Ruger GP100 loaded with 158 JSP ammo. It should do the job if needed.
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