When I read this story about this bear hunt I found my self feeling very frustrated. When I was learning to hunt I was taught to make every shot count and always try for the sure one shot kill. I have lived by this while hunting all these years. This has meant that I have had to pass on some shots or have had to go to great lengths to close the distance to make sure I got the one shot kill. When I read the above story two things came to my mind right away. First thing is that they needed to put more time in at the range and become more familiar with there weapons. The second thing is maybe they farther out than they had practiced and should have closed the distance before taking the shot.. We both thought it was the same bear and I told her to take the shot when it stopped moving. She shot it with her Winchester Mod 70 270 WSM, right shoulder through chest and under hide on left side. Bear spun and I shot it with my 375 through the gut she shot again then it dissapeared behind the wall of seagulls. When they cleared out the bear was laying in the creek with its head still up. I shot it again in the rear quarters with her 270(no scope on my 375) . The bear then started to slowly walk away then lay down then walk till it got to the treeline. Had my wife go get the kids/boat. We landed on the shore and found the blood trail. Not hard it was at least 1.5 feet wide leading to the treeline. Went in with guns at the ready expecting the worse with the thick brush of southeast alaska. Could see some thing black moving about ten feet in front of us, handed her my 375 and told her to shoot. The black thing stopped moving.
I do not claim to be the greatest hunter in the world and have mad my share of mistakes in the past. The important thing is that we learn something from our mistakes and do not make the same one again. Stories like this are the ones that organizations like PETA use against us hunters to try to remove our right to hunt. I will say I am very glad that they stayed with it and tracked down and finished the kill as every hunter should.
I enjoyed a great hunting season teaching my son how to hunt and how to be an ethical hunter. Just some food for thought and that is the end of my two cents.