Well, to say the least, I've been living the dream this year! I won an Alaskan hunt through a random draw on the Facebook page for DiamondBlade Knives (they say this might become an annual contest so you might want to check it out) for either moose or brown bear. My first choice was moose but they did say that if the moose weren't in the area at the time of my hunt that we would go after brown bears; needless to say, brown bear ended up being the right choice! We hunted the Tsiu River in southeast Alaska; I shot my bear on the fifth morning of a 6 day hunt after looking over many bears. With the wind in our face, he came from upwind and stopped at our trail we had walked in on and stood up. I shot him in the chest with a .338 Winchester Magnum at 89 yards. He squared between 9 and 9 1/2 feet and after 60 days drying he will qualify for Boone and Crockett. The accommodations and fishing were also beyond belief. The silver salmon fishing was unbelievable; I hadn't fly fished in over 30 years and I began catching silvers regularly. My largest was 10 1/2# with the largest I saw a fishing guest catch that week was 16 1/2#. The lodge was accessible only by plane (www.alaskaexpedition.com) and is on my list for going back fishing sometime. The toughest part of the trip was leaving behind the family (like we all do)! My adult daughter has special needs and it is hard for my wife to handle her by herself but they made it by for the 1 1/2 weeks I was gone. A once in a lifetime trip that exceeded any expectation or dream that I could have had and then some! Unbelievable trophy beyond anything I could have dreamed! View from looking down from a trailer shows how massive he is. The size of the paw tells it all. Teeth were really worn down except for the canines. Awesome shot! Credit for this photo goes to Caleb Copeland. Wow! Great going away by the family at the airport.