I've never gone bear hunting. Someone told me that you should always go with someone that runs slower than you do.
Someone else commented on what caliber of handgun to use.....
What is the smallest caliber you trust to protect yourself in bear country?
My personal favorite defense gun has always been a Beretta Jetfire in 22 short. I have carried it for many years including while hiking. I never leave without it in my pocket. Of course the first rule when hiking in the wilderness is to use the "Buddy System". This means you NEVER hike alone, you bring a friend, companion or even an in-law because if something happens there is someone to go get help.
I remember one time while hiking with my brother-in-law in northern Canada. Out of nowhere came this huge charging brown bear and was she mad. She must have had cubs. If I had not had my little Jetfire I would not be here today. Just one shot to my brother-in-law's knee cap and I was able to escape by just walking at a brisk pace.
It's one of the best pistols in my collection...
I think they were pulling my leg