Had a wonderful trip out on the AK Peninsula for Brown Bear. We were fortunate to have some decent weather. Mostly sunny and windy. I ended up taking a real nice sow that was right at 8.5' with a 24" skull and fat as she was long. We spotted her from about 500 yards down stream and put a great stock on her. At about 100 yards, we had to chase off another bear and almost got busted. She knew something was up, but being unable to see us, or smell us, she just gave us the stair down for 5 min. Finally, returning to go back to fishing. We then stalked to 40 yards and I let an arrow fly. she let a huge roar! I hit right on my mark, but my penetration wasn't very good. I ended up only getting 1 lung. How far can an angry sow run on 1 lung before bedding down? About 1.5 miles through the alders. She bled heavily the whole time. As you can see, her whole side is red. On the bright side, she did ran towards camp and our pickup point, making the pack considerably shorter.
I am at awe at just how powerful these creatures are! I can honestly say, no other animal i have hunted would have made it 1.5 miles on 1 lung bleeding as much as she did. She truly was a beast! Nothing like tracking a wounded bear through the alders and swamps to get your heart pounding!
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