Spam, I totally understand. Down in SE, I haven't yet felt the need to carry, even when we go ashore (always in very remote places, accessible only by boat). Mostly becuase all we encounter is black bear; not too big of a deal. But I definately agree about not looking forward to ever shooting a .454, its a royal pain in the wrist for sure.
How is the Bear population in that area? Southeast is rather "blotchy" but definately more bear than people.
I sure wish I could spend some time up on the mainland. The northern most area we go to is around Jeneau.
Side note; If you dont mind me asking, are you working on the pipeline or another line of work?
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