Just back from a 24 day camping trip to the south end of the island. Let me say I have been very close to big bears many many times. I camped off a old logging road in great comfort,I'm old. On July 2nd like a hundred times before I took the dog for a short walk down the road. The dog ranged around thirty yards ahead of me then stopped and looked to the left hard,I thought porky for sure. I looked left and about twenty yards from me and the dog was a sow with two second year cubs standing looking at the dog,I said Sid come. The bear looked at me and I yelled hey BEAR. I learned the word bear in grizz means you stupid fat ugly ***** and she and the cubs charged. I right away noticed my 44 was not in my pocket but safe back at camp in the shade. I did not brace myself,I would go down easy.As she hit the side of the road maybe twenty feet my NAA blackwidow 22mag went off over the sows head. I preach shoot the bear but 22mag noise was better in this case. As the gun fired the cubs piled into each other hitting the sow in the butt and the fight started as she rushed them back to the starting place,damm. She then saw the dog running to me and the chase was on with the cubs right behind her,I shot higher over their heads as I didn't want to hit my dog,they were close. The cubs piled up and the fight was on again back to the starting point. Three shots left and I knew the next shot would be at a cub to make it squal. The sow turned a run off with the cubs and a second latter the bride came around the bend with the truck to save the day,it made the sow leave for sure. This was my first time being charged by a sow with cubs,I'll take boars everytime they don't seem to be a problem.I learned if my right suspender ain't pulling my gun ain't there and there is no short for sure walks in the woods.Thank god for the little NAA that's always hooked to my suspenders strap.