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  • M-11
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  • fishAK
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    I've got an old, bush-whacked 870 you can "rent." I'll even throw in some sabot slugs and 00 buck in case you need them. PM me if you want.

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  • AKSuperDually
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    I'm not sure you can buy a firearm and walk away with it if you are not a resident of the state you are purchasing it in. Private party deals may be excluded from this rule.

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  • M-11
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    we will be on prominent trails and travelling in at least a group of five. My father in law will be there and he sounds like a cross between Gilbert Godfried and a fog horn so the bears, moose, trees rocks and possibly the Russians will hear us coming...

    The only reason I'm unarmed is I am coming from Okinawa where I have no gun, and going straight there. My Inlaws are free range hippies who do not have firearms.

    I would love to use this as an excuse to but a new 870 when I get there, but I don't know the place.

    1. Is there a waiting period if I roll into a Sporting Goods Store and but a 12 guage? I'll have my badge and creds on me.

    2. Would I be able to buy with a rental cabin as my address?

    3. Anyone in Anchorage want to rent me a shotgun for a couple weeks?

    Didn't some guy design a suit for fighting bears or somthing...

    M-11
    Last edited by M-11; 08-05-2008, 08:53 PM.

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  • AKSuperDually
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    In Anchorage walking out of the hotel with the shotgun will get you some looks....but outside of Anchorage, no one would care.

    Honestly, if you can't bring a firearm that's up to the challenge, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Without getting into a huge debate about calibers and stuff....even my 44mag is a last ditch gun, like a BUG. I've shot a bear from 2' away with it...and it didn't kill the bear (was supposed to be a kill shot to the spine after downing with a .300 winmag). Those buggers are tough. 12 gauge, or nothing. 44 mag would be ok, like I said...a BUG for when you're getting mauled.

    Honestly....I wouldn't mess with it. I'm more worried about carrying in Anchorage than when I'm fishing. More people get into situations calling for a gun in city limits than outside of them.

    Even there, stay in tourist areas, during regular hours....and you'll be fine. No reason to be scared here. Just aware.

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  • fishAK
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    +1 to everything mentioned above.

    If you're hiking with bells and 3 or more people, I wouldn't worry about it. So long as the bears have enough warning that you're coming, they'll usually get out of dodge before you know they were there. Bear spray is an iffy subject...if you get close enough for it to work, you're already too close, so I don't know what to tell you about that. Some people swear by it, but I just don't trust the stuff personally. If you can, I'd recommend carrying a gun for the "just in case" scenarios, but if you can't you'll probably be alright if you make noise and stay alert to what's going on around you.

    I've worked and played in remote spots, on salmon spawning rivers, with lots of bears around and never had a problem, but I make sure they know I'm there. The biggest thing that gets people into trouble is stupidity and surprising a bear, and it sounds like you're ok in both departments there.

    As far as carrying a firearm goes, I often do...but it's a security blanket. If you get attacked, chances are you won't have time to get a pistol out of a holster or a shotgun to your shoulder anyway. Bears are hella-fast when they want to be. However, I carry one in case someone I'm with gets attacked, then you have a viable option for bear removal from the victim which increases their chances greatly.

    Enjoy Alaska! Don't be paranoid about bears, just aware they are there...I think walking out of a hotel with a shotgun is a little much...lol.

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  • AKSuperDually
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    I'd leave the bear spray. It likely won't help you. Is there a reason why you can't bring an appropriate firearm? I don't go into the woods without one.....but certainly lots of people do.

    Mostly, keeping your head on straight, having a little situational awareness, and not making poor decisions with your food and fish will be enough to keep you out of trouble.

    When you say hiking....what kind of hiking are you talking about? If you are going to hike along prominent trails, like the ones that are in the state parks around the glaciers and such...you'll probably be fine without a firearm. Traveling in groups is a good idea also.

    Unless you get in between a bear and her cubs.....you'll likely be left alone if traveling in groups of 3 or more.

    The big thing is....if you see a bear, keep your head on straight, back away slowly, and DON"T FREAK OUT! Don't see how close you can get....for that perfect photo opportunity. Avoid being on the trails early in the morning or late at night when other people aren't around.

    I'm sure others will chime in here with practical advice as well.

    Don't forget about moose.....they can be even more dangerous than bears.

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  • M-11
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    Visiting Alaska

    Hey folks, My family and I are going to be visiting Alaska in about a week. We will stay in Anchorage for about 3 days, head down to Seward for a week and then do another 3 days in Wasilla.

    If we want to do a little light hiking should we be good to go with just a bear extinguisher and some trail bells? I did a lot of hiking in Yellowstone and that was good enough there.

    There is a lady here on Base who is calling my wife telling her not to leave the hotel without a shotgun (She is also terrified of my Black Lab) My inlaws are coming as well, and I'm pretty sure we can outrun them.

    Advice?

    M-11

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