I would say that walrus hunting out in the Bering Sea on drifting ice in early spring is the most dangerous hunts that I have been on. Usually after locating the walrus herd, we would scout them out trying to locate a walrus laying on a piece of ice that is large enough to pull our skiff on after killing it. Once we find a suitable walrus we would idle our outboard very slowly up to the ice trying not to disturb the one we want, hard to do when you have a herd watching you with a couple more laying on the same piece of ice as the one you want. Once we are in range usually within 20-30 feet the designated shooter would take very careful aim with his 30-06 and shoot the walrus either in the back of the neck where the spine is connected to the skull or underneath the front flipper if the shot presented itself. Underneath the flipper is where the hide and blubber is the thinnest. Good shot placement in either one of these two areas would usually kill the walrus instantly. After the shot was fired walrus would start waking up on the ice then dive into the water, usually surfacing all around the skiff. Diving and surfacing over and over again, sometimes within a couple feet of the skiff. Elders have always taught us to be wary of walrus in the water. In the old days walrus were known to surface beside hunter's kayaks and umiaks, hook their boats with their tusks capsizing the boat, very few hunters survived these attacks, if you didn't drown, hypothermia or freezing would surely take your life. As quickly as we could, we would pull our skiff up onto the ice and within minutes we would be surrounded by walrus from the herd, the walrus would surround the ice floe bobbing up and down. Sometimes we would have to shoot in the water to try and scare them off. While the hunters are butchering the dead walrus they would keep a close eye on any walrus that did not swim off. Depending on the pack ice and the tides sometimes we would be many miles from home and it would take many hours of driving the loaded skiff to get back to the sight of land and then home. Sometimes the temperature would drop or the wind would start blowing and on some occassions it would start snowing. Once home walrus skin/blubber and meat would be shared all around the village. Walrus is one of my favorite foods.