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Discussion in 'Bear Hunting' started by dakotakidd, Jan 23, 2019.
Also appens when Elk hunting elsewhere. Bears are smart.
We were happy that only 2 out of 6 times did one show up to the "dinner bell". The 2nd time it happened, we were fortunate to be on a small rise at the end of a huge flat leading to a lake and from there we could see a sow and 2 of the previous years cubs that were preoccupied with some kind of food source already, about a 1/4 mile away while another solo bear got his attention peaked with the shot and the fact that he was directly downwind of us. He slowly made his way in our direction as two of us boned that deer out and the other stood watch. He would stand on 2 legs from time to time and we could see him turning his head back and forth making sure he was still on his mission, then drop down and continue our way. He kept the same pace the entire time which afforded us the time we needed to take care of the deer. By the time we were done, he/she was about 250yds away. (Yes, we learned just how fast we could bone a deer out that week and became quite proficient at it!) As I mentioned before, our first kill brought one in to about 60 yds in the same small clearing we were in and it was unnerving. I was packing my Remington Ti in 30-06 plus my 44mag for a sidearm and I found myself pointing each in each hand like Rooster Cogburn did in the famous gunfight from True Grit!! My hunting partner told me later that he never knew so many swear words existed as what came out of my mouth during that encounter. The only thing I remember saying is "This isn't good!"
I know exactly what you're talking about as I had extremely close calls hunting on Kodiak Island 5 of the 9 times I hunted there. I lost the best buck I ever shot there to a show with 3 Cubs ( another rarity as they will usually kill one and raise 2) I was amazed by the amount of deer there with all of the bears. They have definitely found out how to avoid the bears as I have never come across a kill site there. That's where I got introduced into gutless field dressing.
Two guys were being chased by a bear when one stopped and pulled running shoes out of his back pack. The other guy said:"You can't outrun that bear!" He replied:"I don't have to outrun the bear!"
- My hunting partner and his dad had both hunted on Kodiak a couple of time in previous years and had several deer taken from their camp no matter what tricks they tried using to deter them so they were a little more mentally prepared than I was going in that first time. His dad never had the least amount of concern over the bears and he slept like a baby every night. We were just in a tent and he would be snoring every night before I could even run through my ritual of getting in my bag and reaching above my head for my 44 and to my side for my rifle for practice. Thank God I never had to put that practice to use.
Moth balls are a serious deterrent to black bears and lions.
It's nice to hear you guys talking about .338 bullets.
Kaptoe I have killed some big blackies but never 500 pounds!
A Blackie that big would get your attention big time.
A friend here in Montana shot a blackie last year that went around 400 pounds.
The biggest I ever killed was 370 pounds and I thought that was big.
Beyond doubt a good bullet would be needed for big balckies and especially Alaska's big Brownies.
I traded my 338 many years ago but if was ever going to Alaska I'd get another one real quick.
I wish I still had my old Winchester 70 338 win mag.
Hey Zeke, gota love that 340 I shot one for 35+ still do at times,my sons now.225 partition,downed everything.I been packing 338NM last 10 years,w/300 otm devistating.Years back I shot 7-3'' blackey thru shoulder w/about 78# bow,he let out a bawl.Yes right threw the blade.Im hoping my son moves to AK so I could hunt the big bear,they have 2 Booners standing up at our local watering hole.Id be packing 338NM,with a stout load and some heavy swift or similar type bullet,thats for sure.Seen 13 grizz the most in one day here,average there small compared to up North.Be a dream to hunt them #1 on my list,thought I would get to it with my bow,but times a passing
I always carry a .22 revolver for bears in bear country. My hunting partner always questioned me about it until the day we were hunting elk here in Idaho and a wandering griz from Montana surprised us while glassing a herd. He looked at me and that pistol with disgust until I put one square ... in his knee cap! He didn't laugh at me after that. Wonder how he fared after I ran back over the ridge to the truck...??
Point taken Zeke- I got lost in the moment when someone mentioned Kodiak Bears and was simply reliving a great trip.
250 grain for big bear
Weatherby 340 also works