I certainly don't consider myself a professional, but I'll share the methodology I use when I backpack during the cooler months down here.
I carry a high quality 16X monocular. It's lighter and more compact than binoculars and works just as well for me. I also bring a digital camera capable of recording video as well as taking still pictures, and a small 6" ruler to use for scale in any pictures.
Personally I don't go afield for any reason without a firearm and haven't in the last four decades.
I was supposed to go out the last FEW weekends but working 60+ hours a week, 4 kids and all the crap that comes along with it I've gotten stuck babysitting or fixing things or going places I'd rather not go. This weekend it was going to happen until I started throwing up, the "other thing", fever, chills etc, don't know if it was part of that romaine lettuce thing or what, but man it's been absolutely miserable. Anyway, as for DEFENSIVE TOOLS, unless you are trained, proficient and comfortable with the specific firearm you will be taking, I would suggest not taking it at all. However I will also say, if you are not armed, trained, proficient and comfortable, then you are WRONG. Haha, ok not really. But there you go, I'm pro 2A. The point IS, the most common type of firearm in the United States at this point is the AR15, it fires a tiny little .22 caliber bullet in most cases, not exactly a dogman stopper, according to DME it "keeps them back" but that's about it. However I've been thinking about it lately because I don't like not having the right "tool" for the job, that goes for my garage AND my gun safe. I do not own a dogman rifle... If I don't own a dogman rifle, you probably don't either... However, if you are a gun owner, there's a good chance you might own an AR15. If you want a "dogman" rifle, then I would recommend a .50 Beowulf upper receiver. It will fit on any standard AR15 lower receiver, fires in semi-auto just like your old one did, but nearly duplicates heavy magnum energy with almost 3,000 ft lbs of energy at the muzzle. So no bolt, no lever, just trigger pulling. I believe THAT configuration is the best dogman defensive tool that is both realistic, legal, and economical. It is also uncannily named the "Beowulf"... Other candidates would be your 12 gauge slugs and your .45-70 lever guns. They also make a .450 bushmaster and .458 socom that basically do the same thing as the Beowulf.
Hello All, I've been trompsing and bushwhacking the woods of Maine for a decade now searching for anomalous hairy bi-peds. Northern Maine has over 5000 square miles of forested land privately held by a timber consortium that allows access. It's as wild a place one can find on the E coast. No trails, just logging roads in varying degrees of reclamation by Ma Nature. Prime habitat IMO-- woods, mountains, lakes and streams with abundant wildlife--Bear, moose, deer, coyote, bobcat and yes cougar, though DIFW won't recognize the latter. I've been in there for 3-4 days at a time and driven hundreds of miles on those roads and not seen another human. My MO is to scan satellite imagery and topo maps (the newest version of the Maine Atlas is indispensable for travel up there), find an area that is "boxed" by a mountain or stream and an old logging road and bushwhack through it, often up to and around a peak. The “box” being known gives a natural boundary should I need to re-orient. This trek basically announces my presence, then I like to camp somewhere nearby, preferably within walking distance. Sleeping in a tent or the back of the truck as the situation dictates. The truck is preferable as the visibility is superior. I've had large unidentified critters stomp around my tent and it's a bit disconcerting not be able to see or get out quickly.
99.5% of these trips are done solo so I go prepared: A good first aid kit that includes a lot of super maxi-pads and tape! All tools for the vehicle, compressor, tire plug kit, shovel, towstraps, winch etc. Plenty of drinking water and filter, food, stove fuel...An ACR PLB just makes sense, the tree cover up there means that I'd probably have to drag my wounded self to a clearing for it to be effective but it's a piece of kit that everyone who operates in remote places should invest in IMO. A gps and a good compass-- I like the Brunton Pocket Transit, it's what I use mostly but a base plate version is often easier to do map work with.
I always like to be aware of my position via general sense if not landmarks but up there, in that dense of wood one often can't see but a short distance through 5th growth thicket of Balsam and the war-zone of blow downs. I'll carry a short heavy blade machete like the SP8 to mark downed or dead trees. That along with making frequent mental images of my 6 to get an idea of how things look should I be returning by the same route. Generally just paying attention, that's why I'm out there. All that being said, sometimes I've just meandered too much checking out a rock out crop or some plant or sound or who knows what-- I'm getting chased by a hungry dogman and my course over ground gets skewed. If I can't get to a vantage point to re-orient, the gps is a nice backup to give at least a bearing back to something known. Camp or the truck is always waypointed.
I'm a live and let live kind of guy, and stories of dogman sightings seem to indicate these things love terrifying humans but aren't so inclined to harm us otherwise (but it's true, dead people tell no tales) Given that, I tend not to think too defensively as a first encounter measure but I rarely go out searching unarmed and never while up in the North Maine Woods. I believe Virtusblack's choice of Beowulf 50 as optimal makes good sense though I've never been a fan of the AR platform-- for no good reason...so I bring along the "JM" stamped Marlin Guide Gun in 45-70, a handy, short barreled brush gun loaded with either Grizzly +P 405gr with a ME of 3779 ft/lbs or Buffalo Bore 430gr flat nosed lead at about 3600 ft/lbs. The BB chamber more smoothly I've found. They do make light mounts for the mag tube on the lever actions and I’ve installed one, nice to have some light on the situation if need be. A 12ga pump with Brenneke Black Magic slugs is a rarely chosen alternative. For back-up, a railed 1911 with Streamlight TLR and converted to .460 Rowland loaded with 255gr flat top, hard cast lead (at 1300fps and 957 ft/lbs of ME) rides in a covered holster. Folks mention head shots and center mass shots, but if it came down to an imminent attack, a hip shot to stop locomotion might be more prudent, the situation will dictate though and I hope never to have to do that. I'd much rather see one and have us both walk or run away…
Camera gear-- Canon 1D for stills and an Ricoh GXR with manual lens mount for hd video. The Ricoh also provides a more portable camera system giving near instant shutter response with The M mount and a manual lens and preset focal length set to infinity, an f-stop of at least 8, that depth should cover whatever I need. And a Zoom H2 for sound, it's not a very robust unit but its sound quality and sensitivity are impressive, especially given the price. finally, s pair of 8-25 Minox binocs, a tape measure and note pad are useful.
On the subject of rounds to stop a large beast or "cryptid" is need be (unless provoked I don't see DGs as overtly hostile), 7.62 is a show stopper. I was attached to a Weapons Company when an 03 and carried an M60 and I loved it. To that point, there are legal devices that allow a round to fire when when the trigger is pulled and when it is released. Not auto, but darn near. If attacked, God forbid, it's going to be "spray and pray". I would add, never go into the wild alone if at all possible. It's a sucker bet and you just might never return.
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Yea, binary triggers for the AR-15/10 platform are what I think you're talking about. They fire with a pull and reset of the trigger, but can also do normal pull only and safe. I've almost talked myself into a 11-12" 556 with a binary trigger specifically but it's pricey. They don't work out well on the more affordable ARs out there, you really want to aim for something with a bolt, gas block, and barrel above military grade if you're going to do high ROF with it. If you put a suppressor on it then you'd want a suppressor that is full auto rated as well. Easy to do, but pricey.
This is really good information guys, I appreciate you taking the time to share your insights. Anyone have a good source of reference to be able to weed through real and fake possible sightings. I have a friend who is a female who doesn't live very far from me telling me some very interesting happenings around her house. Some of what she says is eerily familiar with other stories you hear people tell on various youtube channels, and some of the stuff I have NEVER heard anyone say anything of the sort before. Which makes me wonder if it's a natural animal, or a cryptid and the type of details she shares are not common because it's the real deal and most people being harassed won't tell their stories for fear of being deemed a lunatic. Any insight would be appreciated. Send me a private message and I can give you my phone number if you don't mind helping a greenhorn out. Thanks for your time everyone. Stay Safe!!