Re: Polar Bear Kill
In 1953, 63-year-old Bella Twin was hunting grouse and picking berries near Lesser Slave Lake in the Swan Hills of northern Alberta, Canada. While walking an oil-exploration survey line when ran into a super-sized grizzly bear following the same line toward her. Fearing if she ran, the grizzly would notice and give chase, so she hid in a brush pile hoping the big bruin would pass without any trouble.
Unfortunately for the bear, it was intent on getting its share of berries and came very near Twin. Frightened by the close encounter, Twin raised the rifle she was carrying and fired. Her aim was dead on. The grizzly was struck in the head and fell dead.
Bella’s bear was no ordinary grizz. Its skull scored 26 5/16, placing it at the top of the list of Boone and Crockett world’s records where it stayed for many years. The bear currently ranks number 30 among the all-time records and still stands as the longest-reigning provincial big-game record in Alberta.
Twin killed her 1,000-pound-plus griz with the humblest of all rifles—a single-shot, bolt-action, .22-caliber rimfire. With just one long-rifle cartridge, this petite Cree Indian grandmother finished off one of the biggest grizzlies ever documented and earned remembrance as one of the world’s truly legendary hunters.