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BLACK LEATHER WESTERN TRAIL HORSE SADDLE BAG OR MOTORCYCLE SADDLE BAGS


BLACK LEATHER WESTERN TRAIL HORSE SADDLE BAG OR MOTORCYCLE SADDLE BAGS


$49.95


18 Leather Australian Aussie Stock Endurance Trail Outback Saddle No Horn Black


18 Leather Australian Aussie Stock Endurance Trail Outback Saddle No Horn Black


$299.99


13


13″ Western Youth Pleasure / Trail Saddle NEW by TT in BLACK Horse Tack 49


$264.99


16 Western Endurance Style Plantation Gaited Equitation Horse Trail Saddle Tack


16 Western Endurance Style Plantation Gaited Equitation Horse Trail Saddle Tack


$399.99


NEW GSI TREELESS  ENDURANCE TRAIL PLEASURE ENGLISH SADDLE-01 16


NEW GSI TREELESS ENDURANCE TRAIL PLEASURE ENGLISH SADDLE-01 16″


$89.99


NEW GSI TREELESS ENDURANCE TRAIL PLEASURE MULTY LAYER PU BASEENGLISH SADDE 17


NEW GSI TREELESS ENDURANCE TRAIL PLEASURE MULTY LAYER PU BASEENGLISH SADDE 17″


$89.99


Cavallo Trek Boot Slim Sole Hoof Horse Boot  Endurance Trail Black 1


Cavallo Trek Boot Slim Sole Hoof Horse Boot Endurance Trail Black 1


$59.99


19 Leather Australian Aussie Stock Endurance Trail Outback Saddle No Horn Black


19 Leather Australian Aussie Stock Endurance Trail Outback Saddle No Horn Black


$299.99


WESTERN PLEASURE/TRAIL SADDLE PACKAGE HAND CARVED TAN/BLACK 15


WESTERN PLEASURE/TRAIL SADDLE PACKAGE HAND CARVED TAN/BLACK 15″ (1064AH) *THSL*


$269.99


16 BLACK WESTERN COWBOY SILVER SHOW PLEASURE TRAIL PARADE SADDLE TEXAS STAR TACK


16 BLACK WESTERN COWBOY SILVER SHOW PLEASURE TRAIL PARADE SADDLE TEXAS STAR TACK


$399.99


Western Saddle Plastic Stirrups for Pleasure Trail Saddle BLACK


Western Saddle Plastic Stirrups for Pleasure Trail Saddle BLACK


$15.00


ES101A- HILASON INTERCHANGEABLE GULLET ENGLISH TRAIL PLEASURE SADDLE 17.5


ES101A- HILASON INTERCHANGEABLE GULLET ENGLISH TRAIL PLEASURE SADDLE 17.5


$395.99


NEW Weaver Black Insulated heavy duty Trail Saddle Bag


NEW Weaver Black Insulated heavy duty Trail Saddle Bag


$25.89


NICENEW WESTERN MINI PONY ABETTA 20501-2 PLEASURE BARREL TRAIL ALL AROUND SADDLE


NICENEW WESTERN MINI PONY ABETTA 20501-2 PLEASURE BARREL TRAIL ALL AROUND SADDLE


$299.00


Royal King Polymer Endurance Cushioned Trail Stirrups..BLACK..2 1/2


Royal King Polymer Endurance Cushioned Trail Stirrups..BLACK..2 1/2″ Neck..NEW!!


$28.00


Used black 15


Used black 15″ US made Big Horn western trail pleasure barrel race saddle 101


$100.00


18 BLACK WESTERN COWBOY SILVER SHOW PLEASURE TRAIL PARADE SADDLE TEXAS STAR TACK


18 BLACK WESTERN COWBOY SILVER SHOW PLEASURE TRAIL PARADE SADDLE TEXAS STAR TACK


$399.99


Pro Am Comfort Trail Saddle with Horn in BLACK (18


Pro Am Comfort Trail Saddle with Horn in BLACK (18″,19″,20″,21″)


$299.00


Pro Am Comfort Trail Saddle in BLACK (18


Pro Am Comfort Trail Saddle in BLACK (18″,19″,20″,21″)


$289.00


BLACK QUILTED POMMEL BAG! GREAT FOR TRAIL RIDERS!


BLACK QUILTED POMMEL BAG! GREAT FOR TRAIL RIDERS!


$17.95


Gaited Hornless Comfort Trail Saddle (Black or Brown) (15.5


Gaited Hornless Comfort Trail Saddle (Black or Brown) (15.5″ or 16.5″)


$549.99


Gaited Hornless Comfort Trail Saddle (Black or Brown) (15.5


Gaited Hornless Comfort Trail Saddle (Black or Brown) (15.5″ or 16.5″)


$549.99


Gaited Hornless Comfort Trail Saddle (Black or Brown) (15.5


Gaited Hornless Comfort Trail Saddle (Black or Brown) (15.5″ or 16.5″)


$549.99


Abetta Stealth Trail 20557W-7 Saddle


Abetta Stealth Trail 20557W-7 Saddle


$549.00


Used horse tack Roper style Heavy black breast collar saddle trail barrel roping


Used horse tack Roper style Heavy black breast collar saddle trail barrel roping


$39.95


CS801A- HILASON WESTERN CORDURA TRAIL RIDING PLEASURE SADDLE 15


CS801A- HILASON WESTERN CORDURA TRAIL RIDING PLEASURE SADDLE 15


$245.99


15


15″ BLACK OSTRICH WESTERN BARREL RACER LEATHER PLEASURE TRAIL SILVER SHOW SADDLE


$699.89


TO105BKA- HILASON TREELESS WESTERN TRAIL BARREL RACING SADDLE 17


TO105BKA- HILASON TREELESS WESTERN TRAIL BARREL RACING SADDLE 17


$445.99


NEW 20


NEW 20″ Black Outback Leather Australian Aussie Stock Endurance Trail Saddle Set


$335.99


Neon Pink/Black handmade paracord barrel gaming trail reins 7.5'


Neon Pink/Black handmade paracord barrel gaming trail reins 7.5′


$20.76


Black Bears – What Backpackers Need to Know

It may be true that black bears aren’t as dangerous to backpackers as grizzlies, but there are many cases of black bear attacks – some of them fatal. So even if you are in black bear country, there are a few things you need to know. The first, and perhaps most important thing, is to know how to avoid an attack.

How To Avoid A Black Bear Attack

Be noisy. Generally, a black bear will get out of your way if it knows you’re coming down the trail. Surprise it, however, and it may attack. If you are hiking with a friend, a conversation is enough noise to advertise your presence to the local animals. If you are alone, you may want to wear some “bear bells” or sing a song.

Be less flashy. You’re easily spotted from a long distance when you are in bright, colorful clothing. In Alaska, it has noted that bears see the bright colors and come closer to investigate, while they often won’t see hikers in darker colors. It isn’t clear that this is the case with black bears, but it is something to consider when buying that rain jacket – especially if you’ll be backpacking in open terrain.

Don’t cook where you sleep. Instead, stop along the trail to cook dinner, and then continue hiking for a while before stopping for the night. If you have already set up camp, hike a short distance away to cook dinner. The idea is to keep the odors away from where you are sleeping.

Hang food out of reach. This generally means ten feet high and four feet out from the trunk of a tree – difficult in some areas that don’t have many large trees. Rather than using twine, it is often easier to lift the food bag up with a stick (I use my walking stick) and hang it from a knob on a good branch. While some backpackers keep food with them, in zipped plastic bags inside other plastic bags, unless every last odor is contained, bears are likely to come visiting.

Two Kinds Of Black Bear Attacks

Bears, when surprised – especially if they have cubs nearby – attack to try to scare you away. These are called “bluff attacks,” and may end without contact, or the animal may hit you a few times. With this type of attack, the bear will growl a lot, and seem very angry. Try talking calmly as you slowly back away, or if the attack continues, interlace your fingers behind your neck to protect it, and curl up on the ground. The bear might just bat you around for a few seconds, and then leave.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the only type of attack. There are also those where you are being stalked and hunted. It isn’t common, but black bears will sometimes hunt humans for food. When this is the intent, you don’t want to “play dead,” or you will be soon. Fight for your life!

With this type of attack, the bear will likely be quiet, have his nose down, ears folded back, and be watching you closely as he moves towards you. He is trying to determine if you are easy prey, so don’t be. Yell, swing your trekking poles, and do anything else you can do to convince the bear that you’re too much trouble for a meal.

Putting something between you and the bear can help. A man who was being hunted by a black bear in Michigan continued to push his video camera at the bear as the attack continued for almost half-an-hour. The camera and his yelling kept the bear a few feet away, until his friends arrived (and it made for an excellent video as well). Running generally doesn’t work, but if you have no other choice, remember that black bears are slower when going downhill.

Use whatever you can for a weapon, but be careful about bending over to pick things up. Bending over may trigger a charge. When there are two or more backpackers, try a sustained defense using rocks, sticks and yelling. This can change the black bears mind. Other things that can help include, bear spray, a freon horn and whistles.

About the Author

Copyright Steve Gillman. Visit the Wilderness Survival section of his web site, and get the ebook “Ultralight Backpacking Secrets” for free, at: http://www.The-Ultralight-Site.com

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