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So, I was out walking when God Stopped By...
From a friend of a friend of the shop:
Have I got a story for you guys!
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, just 2/10 of a mile from my house, ON OUR ROAD while walking my dogs (trying to
get in shape for hunting season, ironically!) for the record, this is in a
residential area-not back in the woods, no bowhunting, no stealth
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 900-1000lbs and took five men to DRAG it onto a tilt-bed trailer! Big bear, its paw to paw measured out at about a 9 1/2 footer!
Never-ever-thought "it" would happen to me! Its always some other smuck, right? Well, no bulls**t,
I am still high on adrenaline, with my gut in a knot. Feels 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!
(EDIT: Then there was a long winded tale of how the bear management is awful in these parts and everyone needs to write to the governing agency, but I kept that part out of the story. JD )
All the leftylib conservationistas can call me what they will, but i don't see any reason why bears are actually needed outside of a zoo or museum for educational purposes. I wouldn't mind one bit if all hunting regulations/limits pertaining to the taking of bear were removed, except for those relating to the safety of the hunters & other humans.
I do understand that our forefathers took the bears' "natural" hunting lands away, but they did the same thing to the Native Americans. Maybe we could send all the bears to a reservation in western OK or something.
Damn! That's one lucky fellow! I'll bet he takes that .454 EVERYWHERE from now on!
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