However, there was a time when I thought these were a good answer to the bear problem here. I don't want to hurt the bears, but I want them to go on back into the woods. My current thinking, however, is that I might just make them angry, and a bear can run a whole lot faster than I can at my age. So I have eschewed firing rubber at bears. I do shoot over their heads with a 12 gauge, from a safe distance. But if that doesn't help, I am now forced to just wait for them to amble off. The DNR doesn't come trap them anymore, no money in the budget.
(They used to trap them in a big drum thing on a trailer, that didn't injure the bears at all. Then they hauled them off to Tennessee and let them go.)
Personally, I think it would be unintelligent to shoot an intruder with rubber shot or slugs. Yes, it probably hurts. But what holds true for the bear, holds true for the miscreant.
Suppose somebody was trying to break in here, and I shot him with rubber slugs. If he was capable of getting up thereafter, he might shoot me with something less "humane."
Since I regard any intruder on my property as armed and dangerous, I am not overly concerned about their well being. They put themselves in that position by making a conscious decision to act in an unlawful and threatening manner.
Good luck to them if they have to use these things for real. I'll put my faith in double ought buckshot.
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