Just want to clarify as some have made comments about carrying a gun, I have a small, compact, hand gun that was made to carry concealed. I never wish to shoot anyone or an animal and statistically I won’t ever have too. But in my opinion it’s better to have it and not need it than the need it and not have it. I also made the comment about the .44 mag for Alaska because I had a family friend go on a hunting trip with his friend and they later found one of the had been mulled by a bear and unfortunately did not make it.  That is why I say bring it. I DO encourage getting training if you are carrying. You should practice with your hand gun before you ever plan on using it. You should know everything there is to know about it and make sure it is reliable. 

Again, not for everyone but I will always prefer on bringing one.