Skip to comments.Alaska hunter bags world record grizzly bear
Posted on 05/08/2014 5:46:56 AM PDT by JoeProBono
Larry Fitzgerald and a pal were moose hunting near Fairbanks, Alaska, when they came across fresh bear tracks in the snow. Three hours later, the auto body man had taken down the grizzly that left the prints, an enormous bruin that stood nearly 9 feet tall and earned Fitzgerald a place in the record books.
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20 yards is scary close. Under two seconds, grizzly sprint.
20 yards? Damn, that’s close!
That’s not enough time to pee myself.
Barf alert for the comments at the source...
could this be a costal grizzly (Alaskan Brown Bear/Kodiak Bear) that got lost and migrated way inland?
basically the same species but the coastal bear gets this big and bigger and can and do, interbreed easily where their ranges cross.
LARGEST HUNTER-TAKEN GRIZZLY ENTERS BOONE AND CROCKETT RECORDS
Near Fairbanks? 250 miles across a couple mountain ranges?
And Boone & Crockett would not know the difference? The have different records for the Alaskan Brown than the Grizzly.
Brown bears usually occur over vast home ranges, however they are not highly territorial. Several adult bears often roam freely over the same vicinity without issue unless rights to a fertile female or food sources are being contested. Males always cover more area than females each year and will try to mate with as many females as they can (although females are not monogamous either). In areas where food is abundant and concentrated, such as coastal Alaska, home ranges for females are up to 24 km2 (9.3 sq mi) and for males are up to 89 km2 (34 sq mi). Similarly, in British Columbia, bears of the two sexes travel relatively compact home ranges of 115 km2 (44 sq mi) and 318 km2 (123 sq mi). In Yellowstone National Park, home ranges for females are up to 281 km2 (108 sq mi) and up to 874 km2 (337 sq mi) for males. In the central Arctic of Canada, where food sources are quite sparse, home ranges range up to 2,434 km2 (940 sq mi) in females and 8,171 km2 (3,155 sq mi) in males.
SAKO 300? What was the actual caliber, anyone know. Did he go out for these with a 300 win mag. I used to have one before my boating accident, Savage, but I felt it a bit light for something like this.
At 20 yards and that size bear, anything less than a tank would feel too light in my hands.
Fitzgerald brought down the bear from 20 yards, with one shot to the neck from his Sako 300 rifle”
nice . I need a rifle like that
I don’t find 300 a model number for Sako so that is probably the 300 win mag.
Let's call in the Professional!
“At 20 yards and that size bear, anything less than a tank would feel too light in my hands.”
Not really. When I lived in Alaska I carried a .22LR pistol for bear protection. I figured I’d shoot my wife in the leg and run like he!!...
Considering that by just falling down the bear closed over 1/7th of that distance, yeah, that's scary big and scary close.
Most guides in Alaska carry a 12 gauge loaded with slugs as a back up.
Ok now that’s bad but damn sure funny!
he was hunting moose... and 300 win mag is sufficient...but if I was in Grizz country I would want to carry at least a .338 win mag....and if I wasn’t expecting long range shots I would shoulder a Marlin model 95 Guide gun in either of the two .45s....the .450 marlin you can buy the hard hitting store bought ammo. the .45-70 you have to reload to get the most from your Marlin. I bought my youngest son one in 45-70 and for the deer and black bear in my area a slightly hot reload using only a .300 grain bullet is sufficient and the three deer he shot fell right down...did not ruin too much meat....
if I were using it for protection in Grizz country I would load up a 500 grainer....
As far as I know its too far to swim from Kodiak Island to the mainland.
“SAKO 300? What was the actual caliber, anyone know. Did he go out for these with a 300 win mag. I used to have one before my boating accident, Savage, but I felt it a bit light for something like this.”
An old hunting buddy of mine had a 300 H&H Mag built on a Sako action. Slightly better performance than the WinMag, IIRC.
Some of the hunters in Ak carry custom built rifles, but any 30 cal is a touch small for the big bruins, IMHO
Not only that, he was using but a .300 mag.
I have to believe his buddy was backing him up with something heavier...like 12 gauge with slugs.
It takes a lot of guts and/or whiskey to take a shot at a big grizzly from 60ft.
“I have to believe his buddy was backing him up with something heavier...”
Like SEAL Team Six.
I’ve got a Marlin in .45-70.
Unless something has changed since I bought mine, don’t know if you can go 500 grain in the Marlin, too long.
Hunting for food is one thing. Hunting for the joy of killing - “kind of cool”, “a rush” !!!!
In a Sako, it could be a .300 Win Mag or .300 Weatherby. There are tons of dead grizzlies shot with 200-220 grain .30-06’s, and it still kills them. I do have a tendency to carry my .338 when in grizzly country. They are an impressive animal in the wild.
Trust me, the rush is from being that close to an animal, whether you kill it or not. You misunderstand the dynamics of what’s happening, I think.
If you can’t get a rush from seeing (not killing) one of the big bears, a leopard, lion, moose, or elephant, then you won’t enjoy hunting.
35 Whelen is still one of the most popular in Alaska.
Crikey! That’s a big bear. Not sure what the Alaska laws are about hunting with a crew-served weapon but I don’t think I’d really want anything smaller, especially at 20 yards. Geesh.
I mean, isn't there a danger that when your particular B&C Grizzly charges, you'll be busy at your portable reloading bench? Perhaps you should consider taking me along. With my trusty (slighty rusty) Iver Johnson loaded with a 12-gauge slug (Ted Williams Ammo, Sears, 1954) I could watch your back. Unfortunately, I do not pose for photographs with it, as the friction tape on the stock is somewhat embarrassing. For the right kind of money, I would consider that Camo Duck Tape, though.
Kodiak and coastal brown bear are the same species...actually they are just all large wild salmon fed grizzley
Turbo, a real man would be using a .38-55 Winchester.
load em deeper if you have to(I don’t have to).
I load hard cast lead 500s for my 1884 Trapdoor. they fit in my sons Marlin and shoot well, with his ballard rifling. they have copper gas checks.
I use IMR 3031 for both guns...I just use less of it for the trapdoor. and I use nickel plated brass for the Marlin as an indicator to make sure that I do not fire high pressure loads in my trapdoor
I have a minimum 100 rounds each of my favorite hunting loads, loaded at all time.
do you think I reload one or two rounds?
BTW. a 12 gauge with nice solid sabot slugs will penetrate a grizz and be good protection. the hollow foster slugs I used for years to take down deer in a shotgun county, I fear would expand to much and be stopped by the musculature of a big Grizz before reaching the vitals....
btw, a buddy moved to Maine and got a rare (at the time) moose tag. grandpas .35 Remington took down a full rack Bull with one round through the shoulders and lungs.
” There are tons of dead grizzlies shot with 200-220 grain .30-06s, and it still kills them”
No doubt, but at a distance of 2 heartbeats, it doesn’t exude confidence.
I mainly use 300, 350, or 405 grain if I really want to beat myself to death.
A Marlin isn’t something you want to shuck .45-70 with 405 grains out of as fast as you can.
It will get your attention.
Most people don’t know that the even though they are all brown bears Kodiaks are a different genus from Grizzly’s.
Agreed. I’m just saying if you want close range big bear medicine this is it.
The one my son has is the short barreled guide gun with the built in muzzle brake holes. You can’t sit at the shooting bench next to it when it goes off.
I bought the lead 500 gr bullets originally thinking I would take the trapdoor on a western buffalo hunt. I had loaded these with 3031 and BP. (Never did this hunt)
I used the .405 lead bullets for cowboy action long range side matches with BP. You can hear the round hit the steel a fraction of a second After the shot but if the wind is wrong you can’t see it hit nor see past your nose for a while after the shot due to lots of white smoke.
FYI, I am a halfassed armchair naturalist. Have great big coffee table books on various things. Also a hunter. Here is a good description from Wikipedia which is to never be taken as 100% true. But this article is ok.
Were they related? Same nose and chin.
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