Moultrie Mobile

Grizzly Bear

Hunt Cost: $8,000
Travel Cost: $2,000
Attempts: 1

Date Killed: 05/24/2004

Jake's Difficulty Rating
Grizzly Bear 3

Jake rated each animal based on three criteria:

1.) degree of training probably required:
2.) element of danger...(either from the expected weather, terrain, or animal)
3.) the cost.

Zero would be the lowest, and three would the highest.

He did not take into account the difficulty involved in taking a P&Y caliber animal (i.e. mule deer, etc).


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Jake's Grizzly Bear Summary

There are few things that can get the adrenaline pumping any more than bowhunting for an apex predator. We were hunting in northern Alaska, and we spotted a blonde, dry sow. As we approached to check her out, we actually spotted a large boar between us. He was feeding on vegetation until he caught wind of the sow....then he proceeded to follow her. We made a two mile loop around them and got in front of them -as the sow passed in front of us, she saw or smelled something that she didn't like and she bolted. We immediately called like a calf moose. The boar decided that if he couldn't get lucky, he might as well have lunch. I remember hearing the click of my guides safety on his .458 (beside my head), as he said 'You wanted a 30 yard shot at a big bear, and you are about to get your wish!' The boar was quartering towards us with that huge head just swaying back and forth. When I drew my bow, he paused for a moment, and that was when I released my arrow…..the arrow hit him in the upper chest/ throat and he was probably dead in less than a minute. Upon returning to camp, we learned that the ejector mechanism on the guide's gun wasn't functioning properly. He would have had the shot in the barrel, but no back up shot...BTW, my grizzly bear tasted like anchovies.

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