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NO. 3 dates to the 1950s when campers


cooked fresh foods near their canvas tents. Canvas holds odors that will entice a curious bear. Better to leave the door flaps open than risk disaster, the saying went. Closed tent flaps will not discourage a


bear, but they will keep out insects, creepy crawlers, and the weather. NO. 4 is correct, and it’s the law in


many places.


IN SUMMARY 1 Break the conditioning habit by putting your food where others don’t. If you hoist food packs into a tree, don’t use the same tree as everyone else. Where bears are plentiful, store food


in government-approved, bear-proof containers. At popular campsites such as those in


Sylvania and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, I simply take food packs out of the immediate camp area and hide them in the woods, taking care to keep them away from game trails and lake shores. Bears don’t see well, especially at night,


so as long as there’s no food odor (there must be none), they’ll leave things alone. As an added precaution, I vacuum-seal


foods in plastic. Some grocery stores will vacuum-seal foods at no charge. Medical grade OPSAK bags are 100


percent odor proof and waterproof. They come in a variety of sizes. 2 Keep fresh meats frozen and sealed in bear-proof containers until use. Do not store fresh/smelly foods in your car. Bears are adept at breaking into cars. 3 Don’t keep any “smellables” in your tent. These include food (especially candy bars), toothpaste, and deodorant. Set up the cooking area at least 100 yards upwind from where you sleep. What works for bears works for


ground squirrels, mice, and other crit- ters. Like bears, these small animals learn where, and in which containers, campers store their food. ¿


CLIFF JACOBSON is a Distinguished Eagle Scout and the author of more than a dozen bestselling outdoors books.


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