GUN Why you carry protection when going into the woods

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Montana Football Player Tackled by Grizzly Bear

    Tuesday, October 09, 2007


    BILLINGS, Mont. — Carroll College freshman wide receiver Roman Morris had never been tackled like this before.

    Morris, who was bow hunting with two friends, was crouched on a hillside north of Gardiner at dawn Saturday when a female grizzly bear that was walking by turned and attacked him.

    "It charged down the hill and just drilled me," said Morris, 21, of Whitewater.

    Over the next 30 to 45 seconds, Morris fought with the bear as it bit and clawed, severed his left hamstring, punctured his shoulder, chomped at his head and tossed him around.

    "I thought the whole time, This is so messed up. I'm going to die, I'm going to die,"' said Morris, a pre-med major.

    The bear ran off after a friend fired a pistol. Morris underwent surgery at a Livingston hospital and was recuperating Monday at his brother's house in Helena.

    "I still have a pretty dang good headache from the whole thing," he told The Billings Gazette in a telephone interview.

    Morris, who was not on the Carroll football team's traveling squad for Saturday's game at Butte, said he and his brother, Mitch, and friend, Josh Love, set out to Beattie Gulch early Saturday to bow hunt for elk.

    Daylight was just arriving as the three split up. Morris found a spot behind some sagebrush. After hearing some rustling, he pulled an arrow from his quiver and readied his bow. Just then, he saw the grizzly about 15 feet away, walking at an angle toward him. He felt certain the bear knew he was there.

    Morris thought briefly about shooting it but thought that would only antagonize the animal.

    Instead, he waited and hoped the bear would keep walking.

    However, the bear turned and charged. Morris said he stood partway up and started to draw his bow when the grizzly hit him. For several seconds as they slid downhill, he held the bear's head and pounded away with his fist.

    "I put everything I had into it. It didn't budge at all," said Morris, who is 6 feet, 2 inches, and 205 pounds.

    The grizzly swatted Morris, its claw stabbing a 2-inch hole into his shoulder. He dropped down and put his hands behind his head. The bear bit at his head several times, but the slick outer layer on his hooded jacket apparently prevented the bear from clamping down.

    "That jacket probably saved my life," he said.

    The bear tried to roll him over, looking for a bite of his face or head, he said. Morris said he tried to play dead but also kept pushing the bear away as it bit and slapped at him.

    Finally, the grizzly tore into his left leg — leaving a deep 9-inch gash — and tossed him, perhaps five to eight feet, he said.

    "I don't know how you can stay still when it sinks its teeth into you," Morris said.

    The bear kept picking him up and dropping him and Morris had been bitten more than a dozen times. Then the attack stopped.

    His friend fired a shot and the grizzly took off.

    Morris and the two others hiked a mile or so back to the car.

    The attack came just hours before two Pennsylvania hunters shot a grizzly bear in self defense after bear spray didn't deter the charging bear.

    On Monday, Morris said he still didn't understand why the bear attacked him. She was with three cubs, but they weren't under any threat as far as he could tell. Morris wasn't carrying pepper spray, saying he wasn't convinced it's as effective at keeping bears at bay as some claim.

    The grizzly was doing more than just defending itself, Morris thinks.

    "It was looking at me like I was an easy meal," Morris said.

    The doctor told him he can't put pressure or weight on his injured leg for the next month or so and that it could be about a year before it's back to normal. Morris still hopes to fill his elk tag.

    "I'm definitely going back out hunting as soon as I can," he said.
     
  2. crazybenf

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    thats why you carry a BIG side arm in the woods..
     
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    hypothetically, would a couple rounds of .40 S&W hollow point be at all effective?
     
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    Pretty much ...... Slug to the heart lung area may slow it down after awhile .

    The body structure of bears hide there vital organs well

    Skull on those beasts are proven pretty much bullet proof so to speak
     
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    shoot it in the mouth/throat :dunno: god that had to be fucking crazy
     
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    well I think some 12ga 3" slugs would take it down... maybe sabots. But I'm thinking for me, having my glock on me while hunting... would I even stand a chance? I dunno. Hope I never find out.
     
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    wow that's fucked up...that's my greatest fear, bear attack. It's also why I don't hike regularly. Well that and I'm in Oklahoma. lol
     
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    Apparently the noise from a gunshot was enough to drive that bear away, so anything is better than nothing. Or just shoot it in the eye. :x:
     
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    Go for heart and lung shots.
     
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    Ruger Super Blackhawk (.44mag) with Hydra-Shoks FTW when hiking in the wilderness. Obviously bigger would be better but that's what I have and with good shot placement I think it'd be pretty effective.
     
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    I guess I'd find out if my 200gr bear tooth rounds can live upto their name :eek3:
     
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    Thunderbear Yggdrasil's Forester.

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    I guess it's never been a fantasy of his to be a sex slave for two bears.. :dunno:
     
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    Well he said he's going back out as soon as he can :dunno:
     
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    i would have emptied my fucking mag and reloaded if my friend was being mauled :eek3:
     
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    That gun is fun as heck to shoot, athough your hands start to get tired of the recoil towards the end of a box. :o

    Most fun: Fill big styrofoam cups with water, put in freezer to make giant ice cubes. Go out in the desert/wilderness and set the ice out in random places and engage. :coold:
     
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    Platinum_Thunder Reliability for life and liberty

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    They still have plenty of time to kill you before they bleed out.
     
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    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Not much other choice I have doubts about .40 penetrating a grizzly skull, need a lucky mouth or eye shot.
     
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    Ditto.
     
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    Shoot out his teef so he can't use his chompers on you :o
     
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    shoot it in the leg
     
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    TL1000RSquid ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Still has 2 of these to worry about.
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    just keep shooting :noes:
     
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    Fixed.
    there's a reason those rounds aren't on Docs list.

    and after 2 PA hunters shot one?? I hope they meant vacationing Pa hunters the past thing I want to run into while snowboarding in PA is a Grizzly :run:
     

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