Self Defence in Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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So I'm all packed up to leave tomorrow and I can't really find a good way to strap my shotgun to my pack. I could put it sideways across the top of the frame but then it'll be sweeping someone's head every time i turn so that's a no go. I'm also concerned about it getting wet and dinged up in the canoe. My biggest handgun is a 9mm. Way smaller than ideal but I may just bring that. Time to get a snub .500 lol.
Hearsay and speculation on a forum site are not very reliable. Check with Canadian authorities and ensure the legality of what you're carrying and how you're passing back and forth across an international border.
shotgun loads

for pistols that is.....

pattern them in your revolver first!!!

rifled barrel does things differently to scatter shot....
there's a reason shot guns are smoothbore.

I like the advice of pistol shotshells but definitely practice and see what they do. You may just find a hole in your patterning on paper that will be nice to know about in advance...
I live right up there. Don't worry about going into Canada. From the BWCA you have to consiously try to go to Canada to end up there from the BWCA. There's a large body of water separating Canada and the BWCA.

I would not recommend a "long gun" because it'll be too heavy and cumbersome for what you'll be doing where you're going. I'd recommend a .357 magnum or a .44 magnum revolver and maybe one or two extra moonclips just to make you feel better. The only critters you need to worry about up here are black bears (garbage fed and people tamed) and wolves, timber and regular. We've got plenty of both up here.

Edit: A 10mm would be good too.
I ended up just carrying my Sig P6 9mm. The most ferocious thing I ran across was a very noisy squirrel lol. It was absolutely beautiful up there and worth the 2000mi round trip.
Fished and hunted a lot of that area with deer hunt annually near
Effie east of where you talk of. Many years spent at a family cabin
on Eagle's Nest Lake, with a walk in to Bearhead Lake. Teen years
spent on the Gunflint Trail and beyond. Not much in the way of
Canada gun laws in the 50's. Nothing dangerous enough to war-
rent a protection gun. Most was once a ticked off moose chased
and challenged us. Carried a 22 handgun to supplement food supply
when tiring of fish. Timber wolves and bear were seldom seen except
for tracks. In Canada each Povidence have their own law. Ont. used
to be very tolerant in those days without restrictions to speak of. No
great distance portages in that area you plan on. Many areas, ya can
almost throw the canoe from one lake to another. The less weight
possible would be my thought. Do you really feel the need for protection?
Can remember a few dinners of fool hens harvested without firearms.
Can't tell ya how they had an accident and fell out of a tree:D
I agree, its not much needed, but it dosent hurt to have piece of mind.

In that area, Id pack a .357, stainless, whatever model tickles yer fancy.
Been there many times and never really saw any threatening widlife. I did run across a big black bear once, a couple of just jumped on the picnic table and threw some big chunks of firewood at him and away he went. The sites are isolate denough that no one is going to hike up behind you and you should be able to hear anyone coming by water. I never found the need, but if you feel it necessary I would take a short barreled single shot 12 or 20 ga and a small assortment of ammo. I would recommend a box of slugs and a slug box full of some heavy shot #4 buck or bigger. Most of the single shot models should be short enough that they can be strapped to the side of whatever pack you are carrying without being too much of a hindrance.

More importantly be sure you bring a good quality waterproof camera and some good rain gear as I have never made a trip without getting rain on at least once. And have fun, it truly is an amazing place.
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