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Bear can or ursack needed?

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Offline Bobbie Fiasco

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Bear can or ursack needed?
« on: December 08, 2019, 08:20:24 PM »
Not for bears, I imagine, if I'm out at Mule Ears or something but should I be concerned about still locking my food away from kangaroo rats or other critters? Thank you.

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Re: Bear can or ursack needed?
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2019, 09:13:03 PM »
Not this time of year. I've been doing winter backpacking trips for many years and never had any critter issues.

Re: Bear can or ursack needed?
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2019, 04:12:34 PM »
Check the current Big Bend Natl Parks backcountry food storage regulations...

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Re: Bear can or ursack needed?
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2019, 04:28:12 PM »
Check the current Big Bend Natl Parks backcountry food storage regulations...

No bear cans required as long as you keep your food with in arms reach in the desert.
temperatures exceed 100 degrees F
minimum 1 gallon water per person/day
no shade, no water
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Re: Bear can or ursack needed?
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2019, 05:09:55 PM »
I don't want to minimize the likelihood/danger of bears messing with your food.  It can happen, especially up in the Chisos at the right time of year.  But, then, that's why every campsite in the Chisos has a sturdy metal bear box.  The likelihood of a food-related encounter with a bear outside the Chisos is extremely small.  The only animals of any kind that I've ever been bothered by in camps outside the Chisos are deer (many, and mostly interested in the urine salts in my latrine), one skunk, and a variety of small rodents. Nothing to be done about the deer, but the secret to discouraging the others is odor suppression. Bear canisters might work, but man they're heavy. Ursacks won't stop the odor, but they will protect the food from animals. The (currently legal) solution I always rely upon is a nylobarrier bag to contain all my food and other "smellies".  They are amazingly odor-proof and very easy to employ. I use these, but they're not made anymore. You might try these
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Offline Bobbie Fiasco

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Re: Bear can or ursack needed?
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2019, 09:39:01 PM »
Well thanks!

 


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