We're heading into the backcountry of the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (MT), this 2016 summer to check on existing bear poles and to build new ones.
Installing a heavy-duty steel bear pole for campground use, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, Montana.
An excellent way to reduce bear attractants in the backcountry, a bear pole is a horizontal log running between two upright trees. The idea is to store the attractant roughly 15 feet above the ground and 10 feet from a supporting tree or post. Bear poles are a simple way to store food or carcass of a game animal. To use a bear pole, throw a rope (at least 50 feet) over the pole, tie it to what you’re storing, and hoist up the load. Make sure to use a sturdy bag for the load that will not break.
Ultimately, keeping bears away from attractants keeps people and bears safer.
People and Carnivores experts have built over 200 of these structures throughout western Montana and northwest Wyoming in the past decade. Want to build your own? We're happy to share our experience! Contact Us.