The area where I live has been part of an active effort to expand Grizzly Bear habitat and it has been working. They’re here and their numbers are only increasing. That simultaneously warms my heart and sends a chill down my spine. If you are in the same boat, it may interest you to know that TACTIC Montana offers a course specifically for surviving encounters with bears called “Surviving the Griz”.
According to TACTIC Montana:
This 2 day bear defense training course is a course all men and women who enjoy the outdoors should experience. Whether you are hiking in the backcountry with friends or elk hunting alone this fall, there is a chance of running into a Grizzly. Most people carry bear spray and a “Bear Gun” in the woods, but have very little confidence with these weapons, because they haven’t trained enough. Training develops confidence.
Day 1 of of this course will be 6 hours of strictly handgun training. Day 2 will consist of bear and bear spray knowledge. We will have a live Grizzly Bear at the training! This will give everyone an opportunity to get up close and personal with a real bear. You will train with inert Bear Spray training cans and firearms. You will practice drawing from a holster against unexpected moving targets with added stress from TACTIC Instructors. At the end of this training you will have learned about bears and their tendencies, trained with inert training cans of bear spray, and put 600 rounds through your designated bear gun.
If you spend time in areas where big brown bears roam, this could be a worthwhile skill check for you. There happens to be a course scheduled this coming weekend.