we got pleanty of bears round the catskills as long as the cubs aren't around your generally safe.trying to scare them off is the best advice ,trying to look big waving your arms yelling etc. shooting one out of season will get you arrested.the warden aint buying the old"self defense"unless your tore up from the bear.If you can carry a sidearm that would be good if not get bear spray fisherman use it when they are in alaska salmon fishing.Trying to out run a bear or climbing a tree or playing dead will result in you being dead.
Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky