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Several bear hunting safety tips will protect hunters from being mauled in a surprise attack. To avoid surprise attacks hunters need to keep bear repellent where they can grab it, and press the nozzle in less than five seconds. Manufacturers sell inert spray cans at half price so hunters can practice in the off-season. The best offense is to watch for signs of bear activity. Wrap all food in plastic freezer bags. Avoid dead animal carcasses. The most important hunting safety tip is to never travel alone. One hunting safety tip that should be common sense is simply to give the bear whatever it wants, even your trophy elk.