Skip to comments.AR-15 Used to Defend Against Charging Polar Bear (2008)
Posted on 03/11/2018 12:59:31 PM PDT by marktwain
Zeb Cadzow and Paul Herbert are experienced hunters who live north of the Arctic Circle in Fort Yukon, Alaska.
In late March of 2008, residents of Fort Yukon, Alaska become concerned because a bear was not exhibiting any fear of humans near their town. Peter John originally saw the bear eating lynx carcasses near a cabin on the edge of town.
People did not believe the white bear was a polar bear. Polar bears had never been seen in the area. They thought it was an albino grizzly or a grizzly bear covered with frost.
The hunters, who depend for their lives on their rifles, did not carry .357 magnums or .30-06 model Winchester Model 70s. They carried AR-15s.
Many hunters who depend on rifles for survival in the far north carry high-velocity, small caliber rifles. They can carry much more ammunition, they are easy to shoot, and are flat shooting. They offer excellent accuracy. The magazine capacity is a plus.
The two experienced hunters, on tracking a large bear that showed no fear of people, choose the AR-15 in .223. From shootersforum.com:
Theres usually grizzly around this time of year, he said. You want to get rid of it because its hungry.
The men tracked the bear three miles out of town to the Porcupine River, where it moved onto a river island.
At that point, most of the hunters returned to Fort Yukon
(Excerpt) Read more at ammoland.com ...
It charged, and was stopped by a hunter with his AR15.
According to some, he didn't need that AR though.
Well the liberals will say that is yet another reason to ban the AR-15.
They will say polar bears are endangered because of global warming and we don’t need people killing what’s left of them with assault rifles. blah, blah, woof, woof :-)
That is precisely why I have an AR15. It protect my family from charging bears. Once they charge it is too late to call the police.
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Means Better shot placement.
Alaskan Guides prefer pump 12 gauges with sabot slugs and marlin guide gun lever rifles in 450 marlin or 45-70.
Use enough gun. Lets not go to reduculous limits because it is the most politically incorrect gun. Enjoy your AR for what it can do.
According to the article it took 7-8 rounds to stop it. If I was going to use an AR15 for bear I would want to upgrade to a larger caliber. That said, griz have been killed with 22LR also. You use what you have when you have to.
So AR-15s cause global warming.
“...Bella Twin, an Indian girl, and her friend Dave Auger were hunting grouse near Lesser Slave Lake in northern Alberta. The only gun they had was Bellas single-shot bolt-action .22 Rimfire rifle.
They were walking a cutline that had been made for oil exploration when they saw a large grizzly following the same survey line toward them. If they ran, the bear would probably notice them and might chase, so they quietly sat down on a brush pile and hoped that the bear would pass by without trouble.
But the bear came much too close, and when the big boar was only a few yards away, Bella Twin shot him in the side of the head with a .22 Long cartridge. The bear dropped, kicked and then lay still.
Taking no chances, Bella went up close and fired all of the cartridges she had, seven or eight .22 Longs, into the bears head. That bear, killed in 1953, was the world-record grizzly for several years and is still high in the records today...”
Attribution: Ammoland 11/17/14
I’m still hanging on to my M-1 Garand with a bandolier of ammo right at hand. Killing shot right through a plastered wall? Probably.
I was remembering that hazily, then read this. Thanks!
FT. Yukon is over 200 miles from the Arctic Ocean. That was one travelling bear.
The AR-15 is one of the most modular and versatile rifles ever designed. I have 5 AR-15’s. One is chambered for .22 LR, another in .300 Blackout, another in .458 SOCOM, and the other two for 5.56 NATO.
The .458 SOCOM is more than adequate for potential one shot stoppages of a Grizzly bear inside of 100 yards. The great thing about modifying the AR-15 for all of the above mentioned calibers is a barrel swap for the .300 Blackout, (no other parts need changing, still 30 round capacity, ballistics similar to the 7.62x39 AK-M round) a barrel, bolt and bolt carrier swap for the .458 SOCOM, (300 gr. 2,045 ft-lbs energy, similar to the Govt 45-70) and an upper receiver and mag change for the .22 LR. That is it. You can then hunt every game from jackrabbit thru Grizzly Bear with the same basic rifle platform.
IIRC, the first side of the head shot from the girl’s .22 that brought the bear down hit directly in the middle of an imaginary line between the bear’s ear and the eye.
When charged by a bear you shoot the nearest tourist in the knee then run like hell.
Is there a valid reason for you to excerpt from your own site?
Yes, that’s why I said I would upgrade to a larger caliber for big game. There’s also the 450 Bushmaster and 50 Beowulf.
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