Bear Attack during duck hunt

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A friend sent me this, it happened about 50 miles south of Anchorage. I go by there all the time on the way to my boat.

Let me tell you I am very happy to be here to tell this story.



My friend Steve and I were duck hunting on Saturday (10/08/11) in Portage Valley (Alaska) and we were attacked by a brown bear. We are both OK but we killed the brown bear within 10 feet of our duck boat blind. This is one of those stories where you are just glad to be alive to tell it. I have lived and worked in Alaska for over 25 years and been around bears but never thought I would encounter one in my blind while duck hunting. I have provided a brief description of what happened below.



We had a small bull moose run about 10 feet behind our duck boat blind. About 30 seconds later, we heard some grass rustling and thought it was another moose, but then we see a brown bear following the trail of the moose. When the bear gets about 20 feet from our blind he looks up and sees us and heads right toward the front of the blind where I am sitting. I fired 3 rounds (3" #4 steel shot) into the bear at point blank range. My friend says I fired my last round when the bear was 2 feet away. He goes on to say that my head and the bears head were 2 feet apart at one point. After firing my third round, I dove away from the bear and out of the blind and my friend Steve fires 3 rounds (3.5" #4 steel shot) into his head that sends the bear to the front of the boat on the ground about 10 feet away. Steve reloads as the bear is doing the death spin. He puts 3 more rounds into the bear. I get up, reload, and fire 3 more rounds into the bear. The bear isn't moving at this point in time.



Neither of us was hurt (not a scratch). We were just scared shitless. We had 2 dogs with us. The older dog (Mynx) was out of the blind with hackles up about 20 feet away from the bear. The young (5 months) dog (Lulu) was hidden under one of the chairs in the boat, She was shaking and wouldn't come out for awhile. On a side note, we got one duck (a gadwall).



I have attached a few photos. You will see our boat blind is destroyed. That was from me diving out one side of the blind and the bear coming in the other. There is also a picture of blood on the blind to show how close the bear was when he got shot. We think the bear was a 7+ foot brown bear.



As a department employee, I thought I should send this to some select staff and the staff I work with. I did complete a defense of life and property report and turned in the completed report and the skinned bear to ADF&G staff here in Anchorage.



Regards,



Tim

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Steve..hell of a story wow.. so what do you guys have to do when that sort of unusual situation occurs? you have to skin it and turn it in? if they insist upon having it wouldnt you just drag it there or?..never been attacked by a bear while hunting in AK so fill me in
 

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Steve..hell of a story wow.. so what do you guys have to do when that sort of unusual situation occurs? you have to skin it and turn it in? if they insist upon having it wouldnt you just drag it there or?..never been attacked by a bear while hunting in AK so fill me in
I guess you could bring them the whole animal but how you gonna get it in your truck? I've never had to pull a gun on one but i've had them close a couple of times while trout fishing, both the bears and the trout like to eat on the dead salmon bodies laying piled up on the beach.
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Ya no I was sort or joking but do you get the skin back to make a rug? What is next to your foot in that last pic? Bear sh*t?
 

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Ya no I was sort or joking but do you get the skin back to make a rug? What is next to your foot in that last pic? Bear shit?
nope you do all the work and the hide goes to the state and they auction them all off every year. Yup bear shit full of salmon bones.
 
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