So a buddy of mine, who is a former Army National Guardsmen and is kind of anti (non-campaigning, but generally blames guns for our murder rates). Anyway, other than this we get along quite well, and we're going up to northern MI to his folks place to look for meteors and do some aastronomy (I know I'm a nerd, but thats for a different thread). This guy knows I carry, and is at times kind of my superviser at work. Whenever he tells me do something, he changes his tune and asks nicely "please do this or that, but only if you feel like it, and please don't shoot me." We joke about everything and I accept this as more joking.
Back to our "joint expedition": He tells me quite seriously: "Make sure you bring a good knife, there really are bears around here, they've left poo and tracks right outside the house and my dad saw a jaguar" (or Mt Lion or whatever big cat we have, I was kind lost with the "Bring a knife to a bear fight" comment.
What do I say to this guy? I don't want to ask to bring a gun, (sometime better to ask forgiveness than permission right?). But I don't want to be disrepectful either. I know a deadly animal encounter is unlikely, but they do happen. And if this guy is caught out there that bear is gonna use his knife for a toothpick.
I guess I already know what I'm gonna do, unless you guys talk me out of it.