I have made back home safe and sound. I did carry the Browning BLR with a 405-grain Punch bullet in the chamber, and three 350-grain North Fork softs after that in the mag. My CZ .458 Lott was stoked with a Barnes 500 grain banded solid up the tube, and four 500 grain Trophy Bonded softs after that in the mag. I was confident in the rounds, if we did what we were supposed to do if those rounds were needed … they weren’t!
Our Honda CRV stopped at the entrance gate booth of the Russian River Campground where we would park for access to the Russian River. I asked the gate employee if there were any bear sightings as of late. He told me a story that got my attention, “I have to warn you about a really aggressive bear that has been charging and chasing people, and stealing their fish. You will know him when you see him because he has a hook stuck in his face, you know, a fishing lure.” He liked my instant response of calling that bear ‘Captain Hook’! I’ll bet the ranch that my nickname sticks!
We parked and I met a Park Ranger, she was there with two other rangers. I asked her about the bear situation since she was actually a ranger. She immediately asked me, “Have you heard about the aggressive bear problem?” “Do you mean Captain Hook?” I asked. She looked at me funny, so I said, “the one with the hook stuck in its face.” She laughed and said, “Yes, it has been a very intense week because of him. He charges people, takes their fish, and is very aggressive. If you see him back off! Get out of there! Do not run, but back out of there. Let him do what he does, and then get away!”
My good luck kept Captain Hook away while we fished the Russian. As a point of fact I never saw a bear the whole trip! But, I was glad I had the proper rifles with us just in case. I do not expect to get into an auto accident, but I wear my seat belt … same thing!
I absolutely love Alaska! The next trip is to chase moose around with a hunting license in my pocket.
Two images of my number one son touching off the 458 Lott, and the 450 Marlin BLR at the Anchorage shooting range.