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Alaska hunter bags world record grizzly bear
foxnews ^ | May 06, 2014

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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To: JoeProBono
When I read that headline, I imagined Larry Fitzgerald playing for Pitt against the UCLA Bruins in an Alaskan bowl game.


2 posted on 05/08/2014 5:52:35 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I'm a Contra" -- President Ronald Reagan)
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To: JoeProBono

20 yards is scary close. Under two seconds, grizzly sprint.


3 posted on 05/08/2014 5:53:36 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: JoeProBono

20 yards? Damn, that’s close!


4 posted on 05/08/2014 5:55:16 AM PDT by Hugin
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To: heartwood

That’s not enough time to pee myself.


5 posted on 05/08/2014 5:55:38 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: JoeProBono

Barf alert for the comments at the source...


6 posted on 05/08/2014 5:56:54 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


7 posted on 05/08/2014 5:56:55 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: JoeProBono

LARGEST HUNTER-TAKEN GRIZZLY ENTERS BOONE AND CROCKETT RECORDS
http://www.boone-crockett.org/news/featured_story.asp?area=news&ID=207


8 posted on 05/08/2014 5:57:27 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: JoeProBono

9 posted on 05/08/2014 5:57:56 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Vaquero
could this be a costal grizzly

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.

10 posted on 05/08/2014 6:01:45 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: JoeProBono
Evil Con Carne
11 posted on 05/08/2014 6:05:30 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: thackney


12 posted on 05/08/2014 6:06:25 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: thackney
Home ranges ( its conceivable but probably did not happen)

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.[34]

13 posted on 05/08/2014 6:09:21 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero


14 posted on 05/08/2014 6:11:16 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: thackney

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.


15 posted on 05/08/2014 6:13:59 AM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Mouton

At 20 yards and that size bear, anything less than a tank would feel too light in my hands.


16 posted on 05/08/2014 6:18:13 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: JoeProBono

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


17 posted on 05/08/2014 6:18:42 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Obama ordered IRS to rig 2012 election and must resign)
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To: Mouton

I don’t find 300 a model number for Sako so that is probably the 300 win mag.

http://www.sako.fi/pdf/datatables/SakoOldmodelsNumbering.pdf


18 posted on 05/08/2014 6:21:21 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: heartwood; kanawa
Shooting a bear- Amateur

Let's call in the Professional!

19 posted on 05/08/2014 6:22:07 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: thackney

“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!!...


20 posted on 05/08/2014 6:27:13 AM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED.)
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To: heartwood
20 yards is scary close. Under two seconds, grizzly sprint.

Considering that by just falling down the bear closed over 1/7th of that distance, yeah, that's scary big and scary close.

21 posted on 05/08/2014 6:30:43 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: Democrat_media


22 posted on 05/08/2014 6:36:52 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: thackney

Most guides in Alaska carry a 12 gauge loaded with slugs as a back up.


23 posted on 05/08/2014 6:40:44 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: 43north

Ok now that’s bad but damn sure funny!


24 posted on 05/08/2014 6:41:44 AM PDT by Dusty Road
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To: Mouton

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....


25 posted on 05/08/2014 6:42:55 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Vaquero

As far as I know its too far to swim from Kodiak Island to the mainland.


26 posted on 05/08/2014 7:01:03 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Mouton

“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


27 posted on 05/08/2014 7:01:43 AM PDT by wrench
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To: heartwood
"20 yards is scary close"

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.

28 posted on 05/08/2014 7:22:46 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner
"dude, if he doesn't drop first shot, you make damn well sure you empty that 12 gauge on his way in!"

It takes a lot of guts and/or whiskey to take a shot at a big grizzly from 60ft.

29 posted on 05/08/2014 7:28:19 AM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

“I have to believe his buddy was backing him up with something heavier...”

Like SEAL Team Six.


30 posted on 05/08/2014 7:32:44 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Vaquero

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.


31 posted on 05/08/2014 7:41:14 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Dr. Sivana

Hunting for food is one thing. Hunting for the joy of killing - “kind of cool”, “a rush” !!!!


32 posted on 05/08/2014 7:54:43 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: wrench

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.


33 posted on 05/08/2014 9:04:59 AM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: I am Richard Brandon

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.


34 posted on 05/08/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT by nobamanomore
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To: wrench

35 Whelen is still one of the most popular in Alaska.


35 posted on 05/08/2014 9:17:36 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


36 posted on 05/08/2014 9:26:26 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Vaquero
Vaquero, while I appreciate the ballistic flexibility you show, don't you find it difficult to carry that inventory and your reloading equipment on the trail? Plus with my luck, the Griz would be charging and I would have the .338, but the only ammo some 35 Remington my grandfather left in the pocket of my woolie when he borrowed it.

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.

37 posted on 05/08/2014 10:09:10 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Take congress in 2014. Have a Constitutional Convention of the States. Save the Republic.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Kodiak and coastal brown bear are the same species...actually they are just all large wild salmon fed grizzley


38 posted on 05/08/2014 10:26:16 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: TurboZamboni
35 Whelen ?

Turbo, a real man would be using a .38-55 Winchester.

39 posted on 05/08/2014 10:29:30 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Take congress in 2014. Have a Constitutional Convention of the States. Save the Republic.)
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To: IMR 4350

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


40 posted on 05/08/2014 10:35:53 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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41 posted on 05/08/2014 10:42:21 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: Kenny Bunk

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.


42 posted on 05/08/2014 10:43:38 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Billthedrill


43 posted on 05/08/2014 10:45:48 AM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: nobamanomore

” There are tons of dead grizzlies shot with 200-220 grain .30-06’s, and it still kills them”

No doubt, but at a distance of 2 heartbeats, it doesn’t exude confidence.


44 posted on 05/08/2014 11:44:48 AM PDT by wrench
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To: Vaquero

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.


45 posted on 05/08/2014 11:47:53 AM PDT by IMR 4350
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To: Vaquero

Most people don’t know that the even though they are all brown bears Kodiaks are a different genus from Grizzly’s.


46 posted on 05/08/2014 12:52:00 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: IMR 4350

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.


47 posted on 05/08/2014 1:19:03 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

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.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_Bear


48 posted on 05/08/2014 1:44:32 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: JoeProBono

Were they related? Same nose and chin.


49 posted on 05/08/2014 2:46:23 PM PDT by gnickgnack2 (QUESTION obama's AUTHORITY)
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To: Vaquero


50 posted on 05/08/2014 2:52:59 PM PDT by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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