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OBX2Kayak
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12/06/2013 05:33PM
I remember a thread on this topic a while back. Here's Backpacker Magazine's response to the question: Bear canister in winter?
 
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PortageKeeper
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12/06/2013 06:04PM
It might depend on where you go, but I have never used one. As a matter of fact, once we just left our food sprawled out on the snow, including two polish in a fry pan. Wolves were around but no takers. This was in February.
jwartman59
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12/07/2013 08:28PM
bears are hibernating in minnesota. they aren't an issue. the biggest pests are canadian jays.
SevenofNine
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12/07/2013 09:10PM
quote jwartman59: "bears are hibernating in minnesota. they aren't an issue. the biggest pests are canadian jays."

I tend to agree, Canadian Jays will take anything small that appears to be food. I had one take a hotel size bar of soap. Hope he enjoyed his lunch.
Captn Tony
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12/08/2013 06:47PM
In Minnesota you might need it if crawl into their din and wake them up! When you wake up a hibernating bear they're really grumpy.
Canoearoo
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12/10/2013 09:29PM
Bears don't hibernate they torpor- which means on a warm day in Feb they could wake up.

But I never bring a canister when camping mid winter. But you do need a way to keep mice out of your food. I was on a trip with teens who didn't think it was important to keep their gorp off the ground. Needless to day a mouse got into their bag and hate half of it
Turnpike
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12/13/2013 09:16AM
Gray Jays (Canada Jay or Whiskey Jack) are the issue. They are fearless.
Captn Tony
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12/14/2013 06:11AM
Sorry!
When you wake a topornating they are grumpy and hungry!!
 
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