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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

Is this completely unheard of, or can it be done? I thought I saw a tape for sale which a bowhunter successfully stalked a grizzly with his bow. Is it possible to find guides for this type of hunt?

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Re: Bow hunt Brown Bear?
Hill wrote:
Is this completely unheard of, or can it be done? I thought I saw a tape for sale which a bowhunter successfully stalked a grizzly with his bow. Is it possible to find guides for this type of hunt?

You could do it in Alaska, but it would be extremely expensive. I don't know how much you would have to pay for such a hunt, but I would guess something like $7,000.

Now, if you watch the PSE video titled "Pursuing The Bruin," you will see a few bow hunters killing large grizzly bears from stands, and from high points near streams. You may want to contact PSE (the bow company) and find out where they conduct the hunts shown in the videos. Maybe they could answer your question.

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

And you may wanna think twice they only show the successful hunts what about the ones where the stalking dosent turn out right

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

The stand sounds like a better idea.

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Don't even think about it.

I hunted Brown Bear in Russia where they are about 1 foot larger than the ones in Alaska. It took 3 shots with a .375 H&H using a 300 gr bullet.
You would be taking your life in your hands.

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Re: Don't even think about it.
rkaminski wrote:
I hunted Brown Bear in Russia where they are about 1 foot larger than the ones in Alaska. It took 3 shots with a .375 H&H using a 300 gr bullet.
You would be taking your life in your hands.

Man.....I'm jealous.

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

As far as I know there has never been a hunter injured or killed while bow hunting for brown bear. Yes it can be done. Fred Bear himself stuck a truly massive brownie and lived to tell about it. Most of the hunts I have seen are spot and stalks not from tree stands.

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

I've heard of a few up here in southeast AK. I talked to a brown bear guide that takes bow hunters out and he says he has to shoot most of them after the bow shot. I don't know if this is an agreement between him and his clients or not. I would guess the bad part would be having to go after the bear in the alder or heavy forest up here. I work with a bear guide and I'll ask him. He does the spring hunt. Fred Bear shot a brownie near Juneau AK. I wonder if that's the same one SEAlaskahunter is talking about?

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

When I see people say no bowhunter has ever been injured or killed while hunting browns, I think of Vegas. When you see a slot machine that hasn't made any noise in a long time, that just means it's due.

Could it be that the stealth of a bowhunter and lack of noise makes it less likely that the bear knows what's happening to him or where the threat came from? Do differing wound characteristics affect reaction?

I know it's been done, and I've seen it done on video with grizzlies. But personally I've got too much respect for those things than to get that close to them armed with a single-shot weapon that relies on cutting rather than shock.

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

Pick up the book"Life at full draw".It's a biography of Chuck Adams. His account of his brown bear hunt made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. Especially when he told his guide " If things go bad, dont shot the bear( with your gun)unless he's gnawing on me"

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Bow hunt Brown Bear?

The reason Chuck didn't want his bear Shot is that it would then be disqualified for Pope & Young scoring and for credit twords his superslam. Pesonally I would say screw the scoring and shoot the devil if he was after me. Hopefully I will let you guys know first hand how an archery hunt for brownies goes. I plan on doing one this year if everything works out alright and I don't chicken out at the time of relase. I would like to hunt Yakutat or maybe Admeralty Island this year. If not I will stick a black bear here on POW.

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