Bear attack while duck hunting
Posted October 12 2011 - 04:10 PM
Let me tell you I am very happy to be here to tell this story.
My friend Steve and I were duck hunting on Saturday (10/08/11) in Portage Valley (Alaska) and we were attacked by a brown bear. We are both OK but we killed the brown bear within 10 feet of our duck boat blind. This is one of those stories where you are just glad to be alive to tell it. I have lived and worked in Alaska for over 25 years and been around bears but never thought I would encounter one in my blind while duck hunting. I have provided a brief description of what happened below.
We had a small bull moose run about 10 feet behind our duck boat blind. About 30 seconds later, we heard some grass rustling and thought it was another moose, but then we see a brown bear following the trail of the moose. When the bear gets about 20 feet from our blind he looks up and sees us and heads right toward the front of the blind where I am sitting. I fired 3 rounds (3" #4 steel shot) into the bear at point blank range. My friend says I fired my last round when the bear was 2 feet away. He goes on to say that my head and the bears head were 2 feet apart at one point. After firing my third round, I dove away from the bear and out of the blind and my friend Steve fires 3 rounds (3.5" #4 steel shot) into his head that sends the bear to the front of the boat on the ground about 10 feet away. Steve reloads as the bear is doing the death spin. He puts 3 more rounds into the bear. I get up, reload, and fire 3 more rounds into the bear. The bear isn't moving at this point in time.
Neither of us was hurt (not a scratch). We were just scared ****less. We had 2 dogs with us. The older dog (Mynx) was out of the blind with hackles up about 20 feet away from the bear. The young (5 months) dog (Lulu) was hidden under one of the chairs in the boat, She was shaking and wouldn't come out for awhile. On a side note, we got one duck (a gadwall).
I have attached a few photos. You will see our boat blind is destroyed. That was from me diving out one side of the blind and the bear coming in the other. There is also a picture of blood on the blind to show how close the bear was when he got shot. We think the bear was a 7+ foot brown bear.
As a department employee, I thought I should send this to some select staff and the staff I work with. I did complete a defense of life and property report and turned in the completed report and the skinned bear to ADF&G staff here in Anchorage.
Posted October 12 2011 - 04:28 PM
Posted October 12 2011 - 05:14 PM
Posted October 12 2011 - 05:27 PM
I'll take God and guns, you can keep Obama.
Posted October 12 2011 - 06:10 PM
Glad all are ok. Thank God for their fast actions!
BE ENCOURAGING, NOT DISCOURAGING
Posted October 12 2011 - 06:15 PM
Posted October 12 2011 - 06:25 PM
Posted October 12 2011 - 06:38 PM
That's a great story and you told it well. Thanks for sharing. I would say that you are only here to tell it due to your self preparedness and the grace of God. I'm glad you followed your instincts.
Posted October 12 2011 - 07:10 PM
Posted October 12 2011 - 08:58 PM
WOW!!!!! Glad to read you, your friend and the dogs are OK. Quite an experience.
Posted October 12 2011 - 11:54 PM
Honestly,I think if I'm duck hunting in Grizzly country,I'm doing it without a plug in the shotgun.
It wouldn't pay you more to walk on water,than to wear a crown of thorns,
It wouldn't pay me more to bury you rich,than to bury you poor...
Posted October 13 2011 - 06:37 AM