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10 Ways to Attract Bears to Your Campsite


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Pee Where You Sleep
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Just do it far from camp or you may wind up with unexpected company.
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Just do it far from camp or you may wind up with unexpected company.
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Conventional wisdom might lead you to beli­eve that urinating around your campsite is a good way to mark your territory. Certainly no bear would cross into the claim you've staked with your own excrement, right? Actually, wrong -- the opposite is true. Urine odor attracts bears. So you should do your peeing far from the campsite or dispose of the waste elsewhere.

Let's face it, we've all got to do our business at some point. So, the best way to handle this predicament simply is to walk away from your campsite to tinkle. Or, you could even pee into some kind of bottle or container and dispose of it once you're away from your site. Also, be aware of the direction the wind is blowing when nature calls. The smell could send a signal to bears downwind. On that note, your campsite should be upwind from your urine. When you need to go number two, dig a hole 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) deep and squat. When you're done, cover up the hole and stamp it with your foot. Be sure to do this type of business at least 100 feet (30.5 meters) away from any water source.

Up next, what's one surefire way to attract bears to your campsite? Leave your trash out in the ­wind.


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