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pat_13
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09 10 7:55 pm    Post subject: Bear problem? Reply with quote

I am in the process of making my first UDS and was thinking of my first cook...a nice Boston butt for some pulled pork. I figured I would start it the night before but then I got to thinking about leaving it outside overnight with a wandering bear in the area. It/them has been sighted several times in the area in the last month and I am sure that a bear would find it in no time. Even if I clamped it shut I am pretty sure he would knock it over. Has anyone had any problems with bears?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09 10 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard of this problem before that happened up north in our state. The guy used a paintball gun on the bear both times and after the 2nd time the bear showed up he shot it again a couple of times and it never came back. If this is a female and has cubs that could be a real problem.

The only bear problem we have here is I have too many Miller Lites then the wifes gets after me.............. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09 10 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have a severe problem with a female with cubs but she has never touched the kettle or the UDS even while the UDS was going overnight. She does love the trash though espesially after a smoke and I throw the bones and skin in there. She once dragged the whole barrel from the street to the back yard and it weighed between 150 and 175 lbs. (the barrel). It was quite the sight to see.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09 10 10:38 pm    Post subject: critters Reply with quote

Living here in the National Forest, I have all kinds of critters hanging around...









I've had bears beat the crap out of my gas grill on the deck, but, so far, never touched the smokers...I don't know why... Confused


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09 10 10:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get paintballs loaded with pepper spray...that might do the trick. Just be ready to run!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09 10 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frosty,

First off--beautiful pictures of those little critters. But I must say--if I saw that bear OR those rattlesnakes, I would first say it then I would do it....if you know what I mean. I HATE snakes. Embarassed

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 09 10 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never had any trouble with bears up north, the cookers
are big and on a trailer. I'm sure they could open the
doors, but this has never happened. I do feel like bait walking
out to the cooker at 5am with trays of ribs
for the days cook. Shocked


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10 10 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frozen paint balls work great as a deterrent....dog down the street now crosses the street to go to someone elses yard to take a dump.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10 10 2:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had that momma bear announce that she was 20 feet behind me a few weeks ago while I was cleaning up after a bbq party. I about came out of my boots as I cleared all seven steps up to my deck. I am glad she warned me though.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10 10 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not liking that snake.................
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10 10 5:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think if I had a bear on my deck I would buy an easy bake oven, not a paintball gun. Wink Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10 10 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frosty, you will never want for fresh meat. I don't know about the copperhead but the rattlers aren't bad, just lean and stringy.

I would think the heat from a lit smoker would deter the bears.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10 10 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it ends up becoming a problem, I think Jeepdad may have found a solution in West Virginia Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10 10 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all...Frosty that almost looks like my back yard...just missing the foxes and a few others, looks like your just north of me.


I don't have a paintball gun but I think I remember that DNR will give out rubber bullets so I may have to get some of those but if I am smoking over night I'm not going to be around it all the time.

Does an electric fence work for bear? I have one and thought I could set up a fence around it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10 10 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If she fits on the grill then problem solved! I can see it now, Bear ........ racing style! Laughing

Yes, hotwire works great for bear. Check out some of the Northern Commercial Honey Producers; they solved the Bear problems long ago!
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 10 10 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well from the bears point of view, you have flesh burning in an active fire. Really don't think its something it would mess with. Goes against instinct.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11 10 12:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

uuummm turkey trade those animals for the ones we have here in the city .



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 11 10 7:10 am    Post subject: bears Reply with quote

Here's an article you might enjoy reading that happened a week or so ago.
This is why I don't do overnight cooks in summer.
http://www.denverpost.com/search/ci_15590562
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13 10 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a WILD animal so there is not telling what it will do.

He has been hitting the bird feeders and trash cans around here so fresh meat might be appetizing even if it is a little warm from the fire. Just knock it over and fresh meat.

I think I will put up the elec fence just to be safe...and maybe a camera
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 13 10 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

farmboy236 wrote:
If she fits on the grill then problem solved! I can see it now, Bear ........ racing style! Laughing

Yes, hotwire works great for bear. Check out some of the Northern Commercial Honey Producers; they solved the Bear problems long ago!


Now there's a real pit master... A friend of mine says, "if they have the nerve to call it meat I'll figure out a good way to smoke it"...
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