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A 30% heat failure rate in personal defense pepper spray products was reported by the University of Utah in its Quantitative Analysis of Capsaicinoids in Fresh Peppers, Oleoresin Capsicum and Pepper Spray Products, owing to  the industry’s “few, if any, analytical measures to determine the concentration of active ingredients in the product and to ensure consistent chemical composition.” Every red pepper crop can have varying heat levels.  To ensure maximum heat consistency in every canister of bear spray, the producers of Frontiersman and SABRE Wild MAX bear spray are the only manufacturer with an exclusive in-house high performance liquid chromatography...

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  From WildSmart on the Trail (click here to go to their website) Carry Bear Spray and Know How To Use It When recreating in bear country, your best strategy to avoid an encounter with a bear is to make lots of noise, stay in groupsand be alert for signs of bears in the area. Diggings, scat, visible tracks and overturned logs and rocks, are all early warning signs that bears are around. In most cases, bears will do their best to avoid people. Most encounters happen because bears are surprised by people, or they are defending their cubs or a kill. In...

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For those that are looking to the great outdoors for their mental health, remember to stay prepared while enjoying the outdoors.   What to do if you encounter a bear?   Defensive Encounter May occur when a bear is defending something such as cubs, its food source or if the bear is surprised by your presence.  Do not run Ready your bear spray Try to appear non-threatening, avoiding eye contact Talk in a calm voice Slowly move away without turning your back to the bear Use your bear spray if the bear comes within usable range of your bear spray (typically...

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COVID-19, Kodiak Wildlife, Outdoors -

COVID-19 update - Kodiak Wildlife Products

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As we continue our social distancing while enjoying the outdoors and the mental health the outdoors brings, it's important that we remember to stay safe in bear country and carry bear spray.  Travelling in smaller groups to keep our social distances makes carrying bear spray even more essential.  Especially at this time of year when bears are coming out of hibernation looking for food. So, what's the difference in bears?   Black bears can be black, blue-black, dark brown, brown, cinnamon and even white. Grizzlies can range from from black to blond. Size is not a good indicator of which species is which....

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