Thought I would start my research here on shotguns by asking you kind folks to steer me in the right direction in my search for a bear protection shotgun. My criteria are as follows: -Must have sling mounts -Most of my walking will be in steep mountain forests so it can't be too long -I'd like a pump action simply because it's just plain cool but anyone with good advice can easily steer me away from that if i'm better off with something else. -IT's main use is for bear protection. I have a 2 mile water line that requires maintenance up a mountain to a spring and there are alot of bears. Did I say ALOT of bears! I carry spray but I just wanted something to make me feel a little safer when I am up there on my own. It would also double for HD duty. -I would carry it on a sling not in my hand, as such, it should be comfortable to wear that way. If it's too long, it will get caught on branches etc... -Not necessarily looking for the cheapest thing out there but I do like quality. If you could let me know which models I should look at I will start there. Thanks in advance for your advice.