scottmitch wrote:ill say wow with the reaction here
when did i advocate shooting grizzly bears?
did i even advocate anything against park rules or illegal?
its legal to bring a gun in a NP so whats the problem
is self defense offensive?
tman & scottmitch...As others have pointed out, if you're afraid of bears (and it doesn't sound as though you are), probably best to go elsewhere. From spending more years in bear country than I care to remember, and reading more articles with differing viewpoints than I also care to remember, plus having bear encounters of my own, it seems to me the majority (actually a substantial majority) of folks familiar with bear country don't recommend guns (politicians and the NRA are not necessarily the best/wisest folks for information), but advocate bear spray, which is something to which I wholeheartedly agree—basically, bear spray, for many, many reasons is a better measure (as is making a LOT of noise). Not that guns never work (it's not a matter of "is self defense offensive," but rather what is the wisest course), but the odds are hugely against you—as well as the bear (a bear merely injured changes the immediate results, not to mention the aftermath, quite dramatically).... Plus, if you take a gun into the park, make sure you understand the laws pertaining to firing such; those laws differ greatly from state to state.
Anyway, bear presence in GNP is not overstated, and to repeat, if that is a real issue with you, probably other places will be easier on your nerves.
The places you've mentioned are wonderful (sort of an oxymoron to say that about this place!), but Kintla would be more isolated. If you investigate Gunsight, you may wish to cross Sperry Glacier—so make sure you know how to deal with that sort of terrain.