Keep the pepper spray on your person and easily accessible, not in your pack, and practice drawing and simulated firing so you know where to carry it for fastest use. Same with anything else that you carry for self-defense. It takes 2 to 3 seconds to react to an unexpected stimulus. Even if a stranger is talking to you and suddenly does something out of the ordinary, reaction time could still be around 2 to 3 seconds. I've had a few wake up calls over the years, both in training and in real life.I carry a backpack and cooler out with me. Filled with supplies, pepper spray, knife, etc etc.
This is going off the subject.......................I would much rather take my chances with life in the pines. I can say I don't remember anyone being jumped or robbed while in the woods. Bad feelings around some people I meet... yes. A little common sense is best.Trust your gut feeling and Enjoy your Time in the Pines.Life is short
Your 100% right I was only thinking people.With the rise of bear sightings you should be with pepper spray.Safer for you and the bear.I hope that I didn't come off as hypervigilant, I'm definitely not. I have never had bad experiences with people in the pines either, but I've crossed paths with some people who I am pretty sure were up to no good.
I did, recently, have a black bear suddenly appear about 8 feet from me in the highlands and 'forgot' that I had pepper spray on my hip!
I think that I'd be nervous about my wife walking alone in the woods with our baby. More so if it were a WMA, but if it were a state park or forest I suppose that I would be less anxious.
In all I agree with what you are saying. A little common sense and awareness really goes a long way.
It's interesting beacause years ago I did some training with martial arts groups that worked with weapons. A summary of some of the lessons that I learned from the training was that the failure of weapon use in self-defense often arises from deficiency in the following areas: 1) kinesthetic awareness of the weapon (remembering that it is there in times of stress), 2) weapon retention (dropping it because you are scared or because someone fights it away from you) and 3) ability to draw quickly enough to use it before the attack begins. I always attributed those things to a self-defense situation with a person.Your 100% right I was only thinking people.With the rise of bear sightings you should be with pepper spray.Safer for you and the bear.
My map includes pretty much everything that I could see on the NJ2007 aerials. I will try to update the next version with trail names to match the Parker Preserve map. http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/294/I was a little surprised at how useless the Preserve maps were too. Lots of additional trails and roadways that don't appear on the map would have thrown me off too.