>>1291220>be me >live in Russia>the Urals, quite a bear region if you ask me
Not many evey heard about bear spray here, although it is quite available at local outdoor stores. Getting a gun is a terrifying pain in the ass, cause one has to prove mental health to get a license and obligatorily own a hunter's ticket to be allowed into the woods with it (if you do not want to be considered a poacher, of course, and be fucked in your stupid ass by the gamekeeper).
The locals scare bears away with pyrotechnical fusees or try to avoid possible places of meeting bears (like raspberry bush thickets, for example).
There is quite an unpleasant and harmful "Tradition" amongst middle-aged and elderly Russian hunters to "warm yer blood up" before hunting with a couple shots of vodka or cognac. The young and responsible hunters do understand that alcohol and firearms are two mutually exclusive things, but the older ones tend to give zero fucks, so they are often found dead in the woods, either shot by other drunken idiots, or ripped apart by bears (or wild boars).
If you are a tourist, then avoid going to the wood thicket without proper equipment. If you are a hunter, be sober and have proper slugs for your shotgun. Do care. That is a proper advise for survival in the woods of the Urals.