🤣 I've dragged more elk much farther than I would ever care to again back before we were smart enough to buy quality backpacks. It also sounds like you have horses, which I was not blessed with in life. Also why I said "as far as you can" maybe that's only 10 or 20 feet, but you KNOW bears are going to be in the gut pile.🙄. Anyone who says you should drag a gutted elk carcass any meaningful distance has never killed an elk. And anyone who thinks human pee is any kind of deterrent to a grizzly bear must have different pee than every other human.
The kill site is already full of human scent and this “expert” thinks an incoming bear is going to smell pee then flee.
Yes you can show up in force and run a bear off. And I’ve seen them almost refuse to leave When confronted with multiple people on horseback. If you are on foot, by yourself, or have never been around grizzlies let him have it.
Not hunting right until dark, quartering an elk and moving the pieces away from the gut pile, hunting with trustworthy partners and keeping your head on a swivel are all good ideas. They are not foolproof.
If you go back to a kill site and there is no bear, remain vigilant. That likely was one of the mistakes made by the hunter and guide in the linked story.
And I don't care whether or not you believe me about pissing on the hide of your elk. I've never been desperate enough to try it myself to see if it works. The biologist that carried out the studies told me they literally put out bait piles and peed on some of them and the bears wouldn't hardly touch the ones they peed on. I haven't tested it myself, but he was working for game and fish at the time. Another coworker who lives in the Grizzly capital of Wyoming said he pees on his elk if he has to leave them. I've never done it. I don't care if you try it or not.