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Spoof or Truth? Record Alaskan Bear?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Guns_and_Labs, Feb 16, 2006.

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  1. Guns_and_Labs

    Guns_and_Labs Member

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    A story was forwarded to me, along with poor pictures. It sounds questionable for a lot of reasons, but I thought I'd throw it out there and see if anyone can verify or refute:

     
  2. Tomekeuro85

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    If that is real, then WOW thats one huge animal. I would see it and immediately need a diaper.
     
  3. Car Knocker

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  4. Guns_and_Labs

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    Thought so. Thanks, Car Knocker.
     
  5. sturmruger

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    How do these urban legends ever start??
     
  6. duckslayer

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    I don't know...but I once killed a snapping turtle that was bigger than a volkswagen...in fact, it had eaten a volkswagen...with a family inside it and...:)
     
  7. c_yeager

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    Usually they have pretty innocent beginnings. Someone posts the pics with the story. Someone else looks at the pics, doesnt read or understand the story, crossposts them with the "short version" which is invariably more interesting than the original story, so it grown much longer legs than the original.
     
  8. Schleprok62

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    Not hunting bear???

    Not that it's a bad thing...

    Didn't intend to hunt bear... hmmm... let's see... .338 Win Mag, a bit overkill for blacktail deer, don't ya think??? He just happened to buy the bear permit?? "just in case" :rolleyes:

    I'd say they went looking for bear and maybe got a lot more than they were expecting...
     
  9. H&Hhunter

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    There is a reason people use .338's and .375's to hunt deer in AK. I think it's pretty self explanatory really.;)
     
  10. c_yeager

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    Hm, there is a lot of game in Alaska that can be hunted with hefty calibers. I *think* that an Alaska hunting permit includes a bear permit, but you do generally have to buy a tag. This could be way outdated, but it used to be that shooting a bear while hunting someone else wasnt a big deal since you did have a license to do so, even if you were hunting rabbits.
     
  11. H&Hhunter

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    You have to buy a brown bear tag seperatly. But I always carried one when I was a resident in AK. You never know when the hunting gods are going to smile upon you. And I also always hunted with a .375H&H or a .338win for everything.

    It may come in handy and it makes a fine caribou, moose, wolf, black bear, brown bear, blacktail gun as well as a fine close range thumper and a long range reacher. It is the perfect mixed bag rifle.
     
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    That is about the only really truthful part of the story. My neighbor when I lived in Tucson had served with the guy that shot the bear. He was on a deer hunt and him and his buddy had apparently decided that if one saw a griz they'd take it, since they had the appropriate tag. He saw the bear, fired, and then emptied the rifle basically as insurance. If he reloaded he didn't fire any of those rounds. It was a big bear, but not as big as the story claims. The bear also had no human remains, and no half eaten hiker was found nearby. The guy that shot the bear was apparently rather pissed when he found out what the story had morphed into, especially since his face is clearly visable in the photos.
     
  13. H&Hhunter

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    Except that the "guy" was shooting a bolt action .338 win mag not an auto loader 7MM.
     
  14. Schleprok62

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    Like I said... "not that it's a bad thing..."

    I wasn't complaining, or knocking... he had the appropriate license and tags... all's good to me... and after thinking about it, I guess in Alaska, there's a more likely chance at running into a bear than down here in the contiguous 48... :rolleyes:

    What other good round would be good for Alaska? 300 mags (all)???
     
  15. H&Hhunter

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    Schelprok,

    It's all about personal prefrence. .30-06 .300 whatever you like makes a great AK round. I'm always looking for an excuse to use my .375H&H.

    And sorry I didn't mean to insult you in any way. Sometimes a post comes across that way but it wasn't my intention.

    Greg
     
  16. Geno

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    Psych!

    'at thars a pretty "tall" tail!

    Couldn't "bear" to hear many more like it!

    Guess that really got his "fur" up!

    O'kay--and, that's enough!

    :rolleyes:

    Doc2005
     
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    I could be wrong, but I thought my neighbor said is was a 7mm Rem Mag autoloader.
     
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    Actually, the pictures and story are authentic.

    I know a guy who knows a guy who is the brother of a guy who is the friend's sister's cousin of the guy who is best friends with the photographer's uncle.

    Really. :neener:
     
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