My quest for moose kept me in my normal stomping grounds of Pt. Mckenzie for most of the 6-week season last fall. I took the last week off of work to spend some good time in the woods rather than just after work. I hunted day in and day out and was just having terrible luck. I couldn't find a legal moose to save my life and it was not looking like it was going to happen. Finally, Friday came along (Sept 29th) and I decided to do something different. I had my sleeping bag, food and plenty of warm stuff in the truck so I called my wife and told her that I was going to check things out somewhere around Trapper Creek and I would probably spend the night. I stopped and topped off the gas tank and headed up the highway, finally reaching Trapper Creek about an hour and a half later. I really had no plan so I just drove up Petersville Rd. and hit Oilwell Rd. I had never been down Oilwell Rd. so I was exploring some new turf. I did not know how far the road went or where it went but I just kept driving. I was driving slow (yeah, I was trolling) and finally reached the end of the road about 18 or 19 miles down. At the end of the road there were about 20-25 rigs parked. It appeared that I had just arrived at the trailhead of the moose superhighway. I parked my truck, dumped out my wheeler and geared up for a ride. I went over to the trailhead to have a look and instantly turned around when I realized the first 100 yards of this trail was nastier than dirty diaper. It was about 5:00 pm with about 3 hours of daylight left so I decided to just find some game trails and see if I could find something. I also remembered going past a lumber road just before hitting the end of Oilwell Rd. I drove the Wheeler back up Oilwell and hit a couple game trails on foot and didnt see or hear anything. I then went back up Oilwell and hit that lumber road. I passed a couple that was camped out along the side of the road and gave them a wave. They waved back and I proceeded down the lumber road. This road wound up making two right hand turns doing sort of a horse-shoe then ended at a giant puddle that I did not want to go through. I turned around and stopped. I was just sitting there and noticed a nice trail that went southbound into the woods. I rode the wheeler in about 50 yards then got off. I chambered a round and started walking. I did not notice any moose sign or fresh game trails as I walked. I kept going at very slow pace, keeping real quiet. Then...the trail came to an abrupt end. I stood there for a few minutes and looked around. I noticed there was an open meadow through some alders to my immediate left. I decided to go check it out breaking branches along the way and making a bunch of noise. I got to the edge of this meadow and standing no more than 30 yards from me was an absolute monster Grizzly. It didnt even register as a Grizzly at first. I just stood there hoping he did not hear me making all that noise. I felt like a kid on a rollercoaster. (A little excited and ready to crap my pants) I had a couple branches in front of me and I was in full cammo. I got down low and tried to stay cool and wait for a moment to back out of there. I probably kneeled there for about 30-40 seconds watching this beast when I realized the wind was at my back. Then, the bear stood up and started sniffing around. I knew he had made me. Although I was partially visible to him, I was sure he could not see me. I did not move because I know that he would have seen me if I did. I waited for him to relax a little and luckally he did. He was feeding on something and he went right back to it. I was kicking myself in the you-know-what for not having a Griz tag. I had just harvested a Blackie the year prior and did'nt want to pay for another rug so soon....so I did'nt buy a tag. Big mistake! I was thinking that the bear may have been a 10 footer. I creeped out of there with my tail between my legs looking back the whole time. I changed my underwear, got back on the wheeler and rode out. I thought this was the end of the bear encounter but there is alot more to this story. I will finish it up the next day or two. I have to hit the bed!