i can understand where you are coming from wanting advise on how other hunters would a proach this but i always carrie a pistol just incase of this or any other animals sneeking up on me and my rifle is messed up. other than carrie a pistol they do have bear spray witch would give you a couple mins to get away. glad you made it home safe.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...