Anne Miller wrote:If I were out in the woods with a bear I would want a big gun.
long guns are great but harder to get aimed quickly when an animal charges
pigs, snakes, lion, bear - You aren't their normal prey. Mostly they just want to avoid a conflict. So be noisy, be loud, stomp around, sing songs. Don't ghost through the woods. Let them know you're coming so they can mosey out of the way. If you come up on something, try to fade back without looking like your are running away (predators and omnivores have a chase instinct).