I have to say that God was with Nitro (my chocolate lab) and me today. It was a beautiful day so after work we went on a quick hike/hunt to just enjoy the nice weather. We had hunted about 1hr and half when we started working our way back to truck. Nitro seemed a little birdy so I had my little 20 gauge ready. As Nitro went past a Willow patch a brown bear charged him. I yelled at the top of my lungs and the bear stopped looked at me, pinned his ears and charged me at a full run from about 50 yards out. I put the bead on his head and just hoped it was a bluff charge. There was nothing but one small two foot high bush between us about 30 yards out. I decided if he made it to that bush I was going to start shooting. I didn't have much faith that 4, 7/8oz loads of 7.5 would stop him but I didn't have much choice. When he made to the bush my trigger finger was about to shoot but luckily he veered out into the brush on the right.
I kept yelling for Nitro and just backed away 300 yards or so back up the hill. Thankfully Nitro was fine and just ran up to me and then kept hunting like nothing happened.
I usually carry slugs in my vest for that very reason but it happened so fast I didn't have time to load them. Even if I would have carried my pistol I don't think I would have had time to draw it. I helped carry a man who had been mauled to a helicopter about a week and I was within a few seconds of being in the same situation.
Once I got a safe distance away I checked out the scene with my binos and it was apparent that the bear had a kill buried there and we walked right up on it. My wife hates it when I hunt alone but it was only suppose to be a couple hour hunt.
So be safe out there!!! No birds on this trip but plenty of action.