Ok so my buddy and his family came in on friday from valdez to hunt. We were going to try and get his 11 year old daughter a nice black I had coming in each night. So we get to about 200 yards from the stand and we park there 2 wheelers. There going to walk in behind me Im driving my atv in with the bait to freshen up the station and they were going to get in the stand and I was going to drive back out and walk back in and join them. That was the plan. So we parked there atv's and i slowly drove infront of them about 30 yards up front on the trail in. when i got about 60 yards from the bait I saw a grizzly take off up the hill from us. I stopped the bike and yelled back for my freinds to hold up there was a grizz running off. The next 5 or 6 secounds the grizz turned charged to about 30 35 yards from me pissed off to no end. I yelled at the bear to get out of here and i drew my pistol all at the same time standing up on the wheeler. She started to charge agine I yelled again then shot 2 shots from my 480 ruger over its head. This must of really set it off cause it dropped its head and came full boar at me. At this time i was S*&#ing my pants and trying to get off the wheeler away from the bear. Thank god my buddy standing back on the trail with his wife and daughter had enough wits about him to move over 10 or 12 yards to see the bear around the trees between us. He hit the grizz with a 300 win mag with maybe 15 feet between me and the bear. The shot made the bear roll but it got back up and came at me again i then emptied my last 4 shots and my freind shot twice more. his last shot made the grizz finally turn and run off into the bush. The tracks of the grizz were about 8 to 10 feet from me. After we got his wife and daughter in the tree stand the safest place we had right then and we all calmed down we started looking for blood. We only found a small amount in front of my atv. We went in where we saw the bear last and found a spot here and one there but not very much. It got real thick fast and after about 2 hours of looking we marked our last blood and got the family and came out and called the troopers to report what happend.
I told them what went down and where it happened The local wildlife trooper here knew me and right where i had my stand. After hearing the story he told us to just go back in the morning and look as best we could and try to find the bear. But if we couldnt that it would be ok. He said on tuesday we need to go in and fill out a questionaire at fish and game and that would be it. Has any one else ever had a situation like this before and if so what was your experience. I cant see there being any question that we didnt have a choice but to shot after my warning shoots and yelling did nothing to stop the bear. And i truly belive that if I had been alone that evening like i usually am that i would of gotten hurt if not killed "Thanks Joe". By the way after a long night of no sleep after the charge i decided when we went back in on saturday morning at 6 am that i was pulling everything out and shuting down the bait station which we did. Didnt feel safe going in there alone agian ever I had pics of 7 diffrent grizz in there in the past few weeks. And we never did find the bear had 3 of us looking for a total of about 7 hours with no luck we did find several dens up on the hill side we figured maybe it went in one and died there was no way to get in there if so.