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November 02, 2020
Hi WOO family,
Today we have an intense story for you. One of our amazing customer's wrote to us and shared their experience with the Wisefly Rain Tarp, a falling tree branch, and a giant black bear out in the wilderness. It's quite shocking! Read on...
"So there I was, Enjoying a FAT cowboy steak with my friends at dinner. (During our recent visit of the Tropical storm Delta.) I couldn't wait to bite into that juicy steak and have a full belly before hopping into my Wise Owl hammock set up. I knew there were bears in the area, but with a full campsite to the left and right of us I felt pretty safe. So I cut into that juicy steak and wiped the blade on my pants.. (D'OH!) Due to the torrential downpour we were experiencing, washing the dishes was no easy task, so we decided to leave the dishes until the morning.I am a carry permit holder so I usually keep my gun or a knife with me just in case I am required to fight for my life. But as you can imagine, snuggling with a pistol isn't the most comfortable position to be in so I decided to leave it in the car after an uneventful first night. I stripped down my soaked pants and put them under my hammock forgetting about the knife swipe.The meat of the story:I'm at the top of the Chilhowee Recreation Area, The fog is thick and the sun is still down, Approximately 5:20 am Eastern time. I feel a nudge on my butt with some WEIGHT behind it. I start to hazily wake up thinking to myself,"Whose dog is sniffing my butt right now?" But then I realized I wasn't being sniffed. I was being bumped by the shoulders of a black bear. The fear starts to set in.. No gun, no knife, basically just a snack in a hammock to this thing! I had no idea what to do. I started to realize the bear was too preoccupied with my pants underneath me to mess with me basically sitting on his back at this point.I always check for widow makers before I set up shop, however... I start to hear a branch crack above me.... Oh great.. I won't die from the bear- it's going to be a branch that takes me out, huh? (Mother nature sure likes a laugh.) As I hear the last few cracks from the branch release above me, I block my face and chest and sink into my hammock and brace for impact. LUCKILY, THE BRANCH LANDS ON THE RAINFLY SAVING MY LIFE! The Rainfly held taught! The branch bounced off of the durable Rainfly and made a pop sound loud enough to scare the bear from underneath me! So I seize the moment, unzip my Wise Owl Bugnet as fast as I could- (Thank God yall's zippers are so easy to find!) and I wake up my friends and tell them, "There's a bear in the camp wake up!"Thanks to the highly reflective cording you put with your Rainflies I was able to quickly navigate through the camp and wake everyone up. After we did a thorough search and confirmed that the bear was no longer in camp we decided it was probably just best to pack up as that was the last day we were going to be staying.In short, your thought going into building such a great product saved me from a widow maker and a bear attack and allowed me to enter the go zone quick enough to ensure my friends would be safe as well. Wise Owl Outfitters is my guardian angel and I will keep the loyalty as such." - Jake Hinckley
Wow! What a story, right?! We are so glad you're okay, Jake! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We hope you continue to use and enjoy your Wise Owl gear for years to come! (Hopefully without brushing against any more bears!)
That's all for today, WOO family. Do you have any wild tales from camping with your Wise Owl gear? Please share in the comments below, or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to hear about your adventures!
Until next time,
Wise Owl Team
November 11, 2020
🦉Again to Jake Hinckley’s bear story. You mess with a “Wise Owl” you get the horn’s… “Great Hornd Owl”
November 06, 2020
To Jake Hinckley’s bear story. 🦉(1) – 🐻(0)
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