You have to be careful with bear hunting, it can become an addiction especially once you have had some close encounters and you’ve experienced that feeling of “being very alive just before the possibility of being eaten!”
One such encounter happened while my friend Jared(not my brother Jared) and I were hunting a large tributary of the Tanana River in early May.
We glassed for about a day before Jared spotted a grizzly a couple miles up the valley, don’t know how he saw it looking through some intense heat waves, I never could see it. Not long and we were in the area, searching little draws and benches but we couldn’t find it. We climbed up a little higher, Jared was 5 or 6 steps ahead of me as he crested a bench and quickly ducked down motioning me to get up there! I did and shouldered my .300 as I saw a grizzly coming my direction at under 20 yards! As I leaned my head into the scope all I could see was individual bear hairs, thankfully Jared put a well placed shot into the bears chest with his Marlin 45-70 which had open sights, bullet found it’s way to the bears spine and paralyzed it’s rear end. Still focused on us and dragging itself our direction Jared fired again putting the bear to rest just 12 yards from us! That all took place in under 5 seconds! Over before you even know it started!
After a quick skinning job we salvaged the heart and tenderloin and began the 4 mile trek back to camp. We cooked the heart with Top Ramen that night! Jared flew us out the next day and we had a celebrating BBQ for 2 reasons, one of course for the bear and the other for my now 10 day old baby girl!