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View Poll Results: Do you use bear canisters?
Yes, but only in the High Peaks 14 23.73%
Yes, everywhere 19 32.20%
Sometimes 9 15.25%
No, not even in the High Peaks 17 28.81%
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Old 07-08-2017, 12:20 PM   #21
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Anyone know if an ursack/opsak combo will be "legal"?
The DEC's description of an acceptable bear canister clearly excludes "non-rigid" containers.

http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7225.html

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Non-rigid containers or sacks are not considered bear resistant canisters under the regulation.
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Old 07-08-2017, 01:04 PM   #22
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... any signs the NY DEC might change its mind?
That's what I was asking. The current regs are clear.
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Old 07-08-2017, 03:39 PM   #23
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Whoops! Sorry. I have no insight into what the DEC may be considering nor have I heard of anyone lobbying for amendments to the bear canister regulation. Perhaps someone associated with the DEC can chime in.
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Old 07-08-2017, 08:47 PM   #24
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Fourth, I never camp in the high peaks.
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:40 PM   #25
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Voted no for the same reasons as Stripperguy.
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:33 AM   #26
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I voted sometimes, especially when hiking alone. Prepare my food and store canister at least 100 yards downwind from the hammock. I feel safer after having it done. That's why I also sleep in the hammock - far from the ground and potential bears
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:10 AM   #27
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I am also a dedicated hammock camper. However, I can't help but to think that someone in a hammock, to a bear just might look like a giant candy wrapper with a soft chewy center.
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:35 AM   #28
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I am also a dedicated hammock camper. However, I can't help but to think that someone in a hammock, to a bear just might look like a giant candy wrapper with a soft chewy center.
Reminds me of a favorite Gary Larson cartoon with 2 bears looking over at 2 people asleep in their sleeping bags near a campfire. One bear says to the other, "Mmm, sandwiches!"
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Old 07-28-2017, 08:52 AM   #29
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Reminds me of a favorite Gary Larson cartoon with 2 bears looking over at 2 people asleep in their sleeping bags near a campfire. One bear says to the other, "Mmm, sandwiches!"
It makes me think that for bears I look like a doner kebab when they see me in my hammock.

I use canisters in bear country only.
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Old 09-19-2017, 05:00 PM   #30
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I voted sometimes, especially when hiking alone. Prepare my food and store canister at least 100 yards downwind from the hammock. I feel safer after having it done. That's why I also sleep in the hammock - far from the ground and potential bears
"far from the ground and potential bears"

You've got me curious...how far from the ground? Do you set your hammock in an unusually high position?

Back when hammocks first started getting popular, we always referred to them as "Bear Burritos"
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:53 PM   #31
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"far from the ground and potential bears"

You've got me curious...how far from the ground? Do you set your hammock in an unusually high position?
They get pretty far from the ground nowadays:

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In the summer, I was considering buying bear canisters and was just curious about attitudes and usage. Do you use bear canisters when camping?
Always in the High Peaks, and other places when I am not concerned about weight.
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Old 09-22-2017, 12:46 PM   #33
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In the summer, I was considering buying bear canisters and was just curious about attitudes and usage. Do you use bear canisters when camping?
I tried to use ziploc bags instead of bear canisters.
But once my friend gave me a bear canister to try it on the hike, and I liked it so much that I bought one for own usage.

It is much heavier than ziploc bags but seems to be more reliable.
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