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Old 07-21-2012, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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I'm taking a long fishing/backpacking trip to Western Maine in in early August and was wondering about the use of bear bags. Do people use them in Maine when backpacking?
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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'Bear bag'? What's that? My first backpacking trip was 40 years ago...that's when I learned to bring a bit of rope to suspend my pack from a tree branch, after my food got raided (by raccoons, not bears). Sadly, my last backpacking experiences that pretty much toasted my knees (jumping out of helicopters) did not involve much worry about bears, they don't seem to care much for C-rations, jungles, M-16s/M-60s or a hundred pounds of lead to feed 'em.
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Old 07-22-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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Bear bags??
as in a tightly sealed bag so bears wont smell or get into them? or did you mean bear spray?

I'd be more concerned about the western maine sasquatch- from rangeley to bethel to fryburg the reports are starting to surface again

if you hear some tree knocking,,,,,, odd whistling, loud howling, (not a coyote or wolf), get your video camera out- also the thing has an awful musky smell, and has been known to throw rocks


just from personal experience, I was up in lily bay campground near moosehead lake-close to it, off the beaten path almost 30 years ago on the 4th of july,
in the back of a station wagon with an adventurous lady friend-( we had a tent to set up- but both times we attempted to set it up, she felt like we were being watched and heard noises- she was too spooked to sleep outside, so we slept in the station wagon)

we both woke up to something shaking the hell out of the car- the windows were fogged, im thinking it was a bear leaning against the car-pushing it-smelling the food (chips and snacks we had inside)
so we started screaming at "the bear" to scare it off and it stopped, I heard grunts, then heard a rustling in the woods
I had the bright idea to start the car- and beep the horn, again to scare it off,,,,,,I beeped the horn three times......then a loud thump on the roof of the car (piece of wood)- then complete silence, it smelled "skunky" but im thinking it is definitely a bear at the moment, or just maybe some teenagers having some fun.
it started pouring out, so we calmed down to the sound of the rain- and drove down the road about 5 miles-more towards greenville, and pulled over and slept the rest of the night
id definitely bring some bear mace, or a very loud air horn,
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:01 PM
 
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I'm taking a long fishing/backpacking trip to Western Maine in in early August and was wondering about the use of bear bags. Do people use them in Maine when backpacking?
"Bear bags" aren't a common usage here in Maine, as you might have guessed from the comments. Basically, if you're in bear country (just about everywhere) and you don't have a vehicle or structure to put your food in, you probably want to use a rope to suspend your edibles from a tree branch well above bear, raccoon, skunk, and coyote height. Whether you use a backpack or a duffel bag or a bear bag is personal choice.
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Old 07-22-2012, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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"Bear bags" aren't a common usage here in Maine, as you might have guessed from the comments. Basically, if you're in bear country (just about everywhere) and you don't have a vehicle or structure to put your food in, you probably want to use a rope to suspend your edibles from a tree branch well above bear, raccoon, skunk, and coyote height. Whether you use a backpack or a duffel bag or a bear bag is personal choice.
Thanks Coaster, that helped.
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Thanks Coaster, that helped.
I could have sworn somebody else said something about bringing a bit of rope...oh, well, must have been dreaming it.
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Sorry Zy, couldn't rep you. Something about spreading it around.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:47 PM
 
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I live in Western ME and bears have been a problem this year. Specifically around Lovell, Stoneham, Fryeburg, Waterford, Sweden, and in Conway area of NH.
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