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Posted on 11/01/2013 6:16:31 AM PDT by marktwain
Barron County (WQOW) - Sometimes when you go hunting you come across animals you're not looking to hunt. A Barron County grouse hunter's encounter on Saturday put him and his dog in the hospital.
"It was a spot where he would have never seen this bear laying on the ground," said DNR Conservation Warden Phillip Dorn.
Phil Anderson was hunting rough grouse at the Loon Lake Wildlife Area when he heard branches cracking. He thought it was a deer but it turned out to be a black bear.
"I heard my dog squealing in distress and I kind of figured out what was happening," Anderson said.
Anderson's dog had encountered a mother bear and her cubs in Barron County.
"I yelled for the dog and immediately the adult bear came from that direction and charged at me and knocked me on my back," said Anderson "She batted me a few times and shook me and then she went back to my dog."
After regaining his feet, Anderson yelled at the bear hoping to scare it. The bear left the dog and charged Anderson again. This time Anderson was prepared and was able to shoot the bear point blank in the face with birdshot, a lightweight ammo that typically would not down a bear.
"Birdshot doesn't really penetrate that well from distances," said Dorn "but this was very close range. Probably within three feet."
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that would be scary as hell
I love my dog but I think I would have quietly climbed a tree and left the bear and the dog to sort it out.
I was watching “Life Below Zero” on the National Geographic channel last night. A woman living alone on the Tundra was talking about being attacked by a bear when she was out hunting.
The bear punctured her skull and disjointed her hip before rolling her down a river embankment. She dragged herself back up the bank, drove her ATV back to her cabin and laid on the floor for 10 days till somebody found her.
She said she’s an old fashioned gal who prefers a lever action but carries an AR style rifle because she wants to put as much lead downrange as possible.
She’s more man than I’ll ever be.
“birdshot, a lightweight ammo that typically would not down a bear.”
While duck hunting along the Gila River I typically have to crawl through low paths in willow thickets made by javelina and bear. I swap to buckshot and slugs for just such reasons.
I’ve read about that story also. IIRC, she stitched up her scalp by herself and when the bear showed up at the airstrip she killed it.
She was out gathering up the horses in the remote area where they lived. She walked up on a grizzly and it attacked her. It knocked her around for a while and she played dead.
The bear buried her in a pile of sticks, rocks and dirt and would have come back to eat her. when she knew the bear was gone she climbed out from under the brush and staggered home.
Her husband said it took almost 7 years for some of her wounds to heal. (Canadian health care I guess)
If a Black Bear wanted to, it could come right up that tree after you.
Grizzlies don't climb. Black Bear do.
And have this happen to you???
Is it this woman?
As for the pesky legalities, as long as no one needs medical attention you can always S,S&SU.
That’s the one. She’s a tough one but you would have to be to live that life.
I like the show because its not overdramatized like most of those shows are.
Don’t the slugs kinda mess up a duck?
birdshot, a lightweight ammo that typically would not down a bear.
At 3-4 feet, “bird shot” is typically closer to being a solid mass of pellets than in a larger wide pattern. VERY LETHAL at close distances such as was described in the article.
Bird shot at 3 feet is a frangible slug.
I was reading up on bear protection on an Alaska forum, the statement that Grizzlies don’t climb was followed by several pictures of grizzly bears climbing trees.
Hummm. Never heard of that, but I guess they could. I just never want to find out.
One doesn’t have the time to change ammo in a situation like this.
You might climb a tree I would have help the dog and hopefully killed the bear before it had a chance to harm me or the dog.
“rough grouse?” Never heard of that species. Do they join gangs or something?
I wonder if it’s a regional variation of “Ruffed” grouse?
After reading about the effectiveness of firearms against big brownies, I decided I didn’t really want to hike in Alaska.
We have several Spring bear stands that we bait. My kids have shot over 20 blk bear last 4-5 years, biggest 350 lbs with a 6.8 Stag Ar; 110 grain TTSX's, 28 grains H-322. They run 10-20 yards let out their death bawl. Indian friends down Ft. Yukon killed a sow polar bear a few years back with an old .556 Ar. My nephew killed a grizzly bear this fall with my 308 Scar, 165 A-frames. Rural Alaska, people have used cheap old military guns for many years, so the transition to the newer Ar platforms is quite acceptable to most.
I actually know some of the people on "Life below Zero" & "Yukon Men". You are seeing how they really live, but it's played up for Reality TV for sure. That one guy that has his Eskimo wife shoot everything. He can't be seen with a gun, cause he knocked the crap outta state cop a few years back and isn't allowed to touch a gun; the law is waiting for him to be seen shooting something; then they'll be after him again, regular vendetta, ha ha. Ya know, I dvr them shows and sit back and laugh at all the hocus pocus, but I watch them too.
“One doesnt have the time to change ammo in a situation like this.”
You could use a double. Bird shot in one barrel, buckshot in the other.
Kind of a sparse pattern for the grouse on the second shot, but has good hitting power way out there...
Could be. I did a search and couldn’t locate anything.
I know of some one who use to do that killed a groused on the fly with the buck shot load.
there’s trouble a bruin.