So you're elk hunting in the Yellowstone region and a grizzly comes charging out of the brush at you: bear spray or firearm?
A hunter using the two-hand ready carry for his rifle would have to let go of his rifle with one hand and try to use bear spray with his free hand. Is that a safe maneuver? Some one-handed rifle carries would require a right-handed hunter facing a charging grizzly to use his bear spray left-handed.
An October 2, 2009 press release from the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP urges hunters to use bear spray) claims that research shows "in 76 close encounters with black, brown, and polar bears in Alaska, bear spray was 92 percent effective in deterring them . . . in a separate study of 278 incidents, firearms were only 67 percent effective."
Is anyone familiar with the reasearch and studies on bear spray and firearms? Something doesn't add up here.