Bears, Bacteria, and Blockages
A FEW SEASONS AGO, a Montana hunter was killed by a bear while field dressing an elk on the Blackfoot-Clearwater Wildlife Management Area. The elk had fallen under the lip of a ridge, and the hunter didn't notice the sow grizzly, which had followed the elk's blood trail, until she topped over. She was on him in the time it takes to read this sentence. To a bear, game guts smell like a bacon cheeseburger, and the crack of a rifle is a dinner bell. Drag game to a spot where you can see in all directions before drawing your knife, and keep your gun within reach and your pepper spray holstered and ready.