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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

Yes, you absolutely need to properly protect your food. Proper food storage in the wilderness isn't just for you, it's also for the bears. Even if your dogs or you are able to fend off a bear, you ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

You know, most black bears are probably going to be deterred by the presence of your dogs, but bears come in all sorts of personalities and degrees of desperation for food. Your dogs might be able to ...
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What qualifies as a bear bag?

Traditionally a bear bag was simply something to hold your food out of reach of bears. This usually meant finding a way to suspend it from a high branch, and in this instance it's usually sufficient ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

There are a couple of really good answers here. But I feel like something is being overlooked. You and the dogs are going to be asleep, when the bear comes walking through your camp. If the food ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

Do hang the food (or use a bear can, etc.) In my experience, wild animals are not deterred by dogs very much. A bear that lives close to humans might even be attracted to dogs: dogs frequently have ...
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How far away should I hang my food with dry bag?

At least 60m away, and 5m high. I doubt that there is such a thing a bag that bears absolutely can't smell through. Bears and other animals with rhinariums (wet nose) not only smell better than ...
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What are the best methods for hanging food in a tree?

In most places without extremely human habituated bears, a simple hang with the line tossed over a sturdy, isolated branch and tied off to an adjacent tree trunk is suitable. The bag should end up ...
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What qualifies as a bear bag?

There are two types of bear bags. The first is similar to a bear canister but made out of strong cloth (often kevlar) and wire mesh with a metal insert to prevent crushing. The brand I am most ...
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What qualifies as a bear bag?

A bear bag is a bag (in my case a stuff sack) that is "bear proof" (aka the bear can't get to it). On the AT you will only run into black bears, and they are little tree climbers. ...
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Hanging food on the appalachian trail

When at a shelter, there're usually short strings with a tuna-type can to prevent the rodent from accessing your food bag. One can use those instead of hanging the food. See picture from 'Marks AT ...
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How would I make a bear-proof pannier?

First the Ursack is advertised as bear resistant not bear proof, nothing is bear proof FAQ, have there been any failures? We have sold bags in 50 states, Canada and assorted foreign countries. So far,...
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Do bear-safe rules still apply in the winter?

Bears do not hibernate as such, they do something with some characteristics of hibernation called denning. Whilst in this state a bear is still aware of its surroundings and can be easily awoken so it ...
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How to deal with changing clothing which was used while cooking as not to attract a bears?

I suspect but have not found supporting references yet, that to a bear you smell more like a person then you do the food you are cooking. General cooking smells are not going to make a bear anymore ...
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How to deal with changing clothing which was used while cooking as not to attract a bears?

The easiest solution would be to have a designated set of clothes to cook with and then just hang/store them with the food. See this question and answer. Keeping the food off of your clothes and not ...
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How to deal with changing clothing which was used while cooking as not to attract a bears?

I agree with the answer of @Charlie Brumbaugh about having a dedicated set of clothing to cook with. I also agree with @James Jenkins that you smell more like a person than the food you are cooking. ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

It doesn't sound like you're thinking of carrying a bear canister either. A bear will just wait until it's quiet then come into your camp - you may or may not be there. If you are there, then you ...
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Do I still need to hang my food if I have two large dogs?

Under the right circumstances, a black bear can kill a man (or a dog) with a single swat of its paw. While most back bears are timid and afraid of humans, due to 10,000 years of being hunted by Native ...
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