Well just got back from 8 days on the river looking for bears eating the hooligan and boy was it good. All in all we saw 5 browns and 3 blacks in the first three days. Then it got too hot and the movement went away. I had my 10yr old and another friend (65 yrs old)with me and it was a very memorable hunt.
While cleaning this bear we had another one come in behind us. I had placed my son on a high point about 10 yards away so he could keep a watch. Low and behold another brown came in behind me and the other guy while cleaning at about 15yards and caught my son off guard at which time he was yelling and backing up then tripped over a log. He did have his 30.06, but I guess the quickness of this thing comming in that close really got him. I had my 44 right beside me and was able to grab, stand and fire two shots at this thing before it could get ugly. Luckly for us he was in the "high tail" mode because I knew I was not going to do too much good in that state of mind with a hand gun. I don't know for sure if I hit him or not but we never found blood. I could right a two page report on the "close" encounters we had but for now please enjoy the pics.
Oh! Black bears don't care about you when there is fish to be eaten, just ask my son who had one swim with him for about 45 seconds on day four of the hunt.