Hiking and camping in Montana can be an exciting and fun adventure. It can also be dangerous. The bears are awake and it it is time for us to once again be "bear aware", even if you are just camping in a designated campground. One of the tools that can be helpful when out in the woods is bear spray, but bear spray doesn't last forever. It can expire.

Bear Spray Can Expire

My daughter was heading out into the woods recently and asked for some bear spray. We gave her a canister. She looked at it and let us know it was expired. I had no idea that could even happen. It was something that I never paid attention to. It is something that could be incredibly important.

Keep This in Mind When Camping in Montana

If you are new to camping in Montana here are tips for camping in bear country. Most every established campground in Montana has tips listed for being in bear country. Even if you have been camping in Montana for a long time when you are checking your equipment, make sure you check the expiration dates on your bear spray.

Credit: Chris Wolfe
Credit: Chris Wolfe

Dispose of you Canisters Responsibly Montana

If your bear spray is expired you will need to dispose of it properly. Do not incinerate or puncture the canister. Do not reuse your canister if it is empty. You can place the canister in the trash or recycle it, if that option is available. If the canister isn't empty you will need to contact your solid waste disposal agency and they can tell you what to do. Remember to be safe and be "bear aware" out there.

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