six pages and not one mention of the impending zombie apocalypse?
another vote from the "quit being a pussy and leave it home" camp.
nothing against guns but the boring but realistic stats show that the risk of accidentally injuring or killing someone in your party are far,far, far, far greater than any real wildlife threats or real human threats.
the best ways to increase the group's chances of surviving the trip are for everyone to lose that beer gut so nobody has a heart attack, knowing cpr, wearing that pfd at all times, staying in control when drinking, paying attention to your footing in camp and on the raft so you don't break a bone. and this goes the same even in bear country. sack up and use your brain, folks.