I've only dealt with two bears wanting to eat my food -- one an unnerving experience -- think I was saved by the weather that time as it began to pour rain -- the bear either sought shelter or the rain washed the food smell out of my camp. The other time we just got in the car and the bear moved on. Those were backpacking and car camping experiences, respectively ... and I started carrying a gun. For some reason it did not bother me thereafter when I saw bear shadows passing in the night. I felt confident in the tent with a gun … and learned to hang my food up a tree.
I feel more vulnerable in the hammock, though, so will take greater care not to lure a bear in with food smells. Who needs the bother? Got an Ursack Allwhite but still do not want a bear to worry it and me all night -- so, I thought of booby trapping it.
Took a big bore straw and melted the ends closed, cut off a 2” cap, used cuben scraps and VHB tape to fashion loops for cap and body, filled it with cayenne pepper, and rigged it with a piece of Lash It to be pulled open when a bear tugs on the bag, snagging the cord, as would inevitably happen. A smaller dose of pepper from a straw container spread around beneath the bag might deter even that bad bear behavior.
Do you think it will work?