Email received from a reader, about a brown bear (Alaska’s version of the grizzly) attack near Soldotna, Alaska:
King season is over, and since I had a day off before silvers start, I thought I would go for a walk! This occurred at 11:16 am this morning (Sunday), just 2/10 of a mile from my house.
ON OUR ROAD while walking my dogs (ironically trying to get in shape for hunting season!) for the record. This is in a residential area-not back in the woods. No bow hunting. No stealth occurring.
I heard a twig snap. And looked back. Full on charge-a huge brownie, ears back, head low and motorin’ full speed! Came with zero warning; no Woof, no popping of the teeth, no standing up, nothing like what you think or see on TV! It charged from less than 20 yards and was on me in about one-second! Totally surreal. I just started shooting in the general direction. And praise God that my second shot (or was it my third?) rolled him at 5 feet and he skidded to a stop 10 feet BEYOND where I was shooting from. I actually sidestepped him and fell over backwards on the last shot. And his momentum carried him to a stop past where I fired my first shot!
It was a prehistoric old boar. No teeth. No fat. Weighed between 900-1000 Lb. and took five men to DRAG it onto a tilt-bed trailer! Big bear. Its Paw measured out at about a 9-1/2 footer!
Never-ever-thought ‘it’ would happen to me! It’s always some other
Well, no bull. I am still high on adrenaline. With my gut in a Knot (felt like I did 10000 crunches without stopping)! Almost puked for an hour after. Had the burps and couldn’t even stand up as the troopers conducted their investigation! Totally wiped me out. Can’t even put that feeling into words.
By far the most emotion I have ever felt at once!
No doubt that God was with me, as I brought my Ruger .454 Casull (and some “hot” 350 grain solids) just for the heck of it. And managed to draw and snap shoot (pointed, never even aimed!) from the hip! Total luck shot!
All I can say is Praise God for my safety and for choosing to leave the wife and kids at home on this walk!
Now, if either Hillary, or Obama or anyone else in this administration starts making noises about taking away your right to protect yourself with a gun, we need to let them know where we stand.
Looks like this was an old bear no longer able to feed itself and desperately hungry. That made him very dangerous.
This is the Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan 6-shot, 2.5 inch barrel revolver that appears to have been used. It’s available in .44 Magnum or .454 Casull, holds six in the cylinder. Bullets vary from 300 grain to 360 grain in .454 Casull load, and usually loaded to make about 1100 feet per second at the muzzle which is awesome out of a 2.5 inch barrel. With hard cast lead bullets (recommended for bear defense) the recoil of the .454 Casull in this revolver is stout but manageable. With copper jacketed bullets the recoil is miserable.
Would bear spray have worked in this case? If it had worked would it have better for this old bear? Would it have been better for the people of this community? Does it make sense to place your life on the line in hopes that some pepper under pressure will save you? One recommendation might be to always carry both in hopes that the pepper spray will work, since whether it is defense against a human attacker or a bear a firearm is to be used as the last resort when all else has failed. Nevertheless, deadly force is justified when an attacker of any kind puts you in danger of serious bodily injury or death.