Alaska boy, 11, shoots bear charging fishing party

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I remember reading one time that bear mauling fatalities occured at about an equal rate irregardless of whether the victim was armed or not. The hypothesis was that armed victims often didn't have time to bring their weapon into play.

Makes this situation pretty interesting I think.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/01/alaska-boy-11-shoots-bear-charging-fishing-party.html

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Alaska boy, 11, shoots bear charging fishing party
Published July 01, 2017
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(Courtesy of Alaska State Senator Shelley Hughes)

The quick thinking of a young boy saved a fishing party from a charging brown bear, according to Alaska State Troopers.


Elliot Clark, 11, was walking through the woods near Game Creek last week with his three family members and three dogs when the bear came out and charged them, The Juneau Empire reported.

The bear ran through two of the men, pushing them to the side of the trail, leaving Elliot and his cousin left in its path, Elliot's father, Lucas, said.

"There was four of them in a line. My son was third," Elliot's father said. "The bear came down the trail at them, fella in the front, who was his uncle, the bear was on him so quickly that he didn't have time to take his rifle off his shoulder."

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(Courtesy of Alaska State Senator Shelley Hughes)

The boy then raised his pump action shotgun and shot the bear with birdshot.

His father said the first shot did nothing, but two more downed the bear and finishing shots by the boy and his uncle killed it.


"That first shot hit him in the shoulder and did absolutely nothing," he said. "The next shot hit him in the nose and traveled down through the neck."

Elliot's father said not getting around to putting a sling on his son's gun might have saved their lives, as he was able to quickly ready himself.

"He was carrying it in his hands rather than on his shoulder," he said. "That was the problem with the other ones, when the bear came at his uncle, he had his rifle on his shoulder and the bear was very close, so he couldn't get it off in time."

The incident was the first Defense of Life or Property killing in the Hoonah area this year, Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

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DGX works, so why not four shot? ;)
Obviously that kid should have shot the bear when it was further away!

Sorry, couldn't help myself
 

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Wow I wonder what the weight retention was on those pellets?? I bet it was near 100%. Must have been very high quality ammo for sure. What was the kid thinking......you can't kill a charging bear with a shot gun. Why the minimum round to use surely has to be a 338.

Seriously that was a brave young man and his quick action saved lives. Hats off to him!
 

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Wow I wonder what the weight retention was on those pellets?? I bet it was near 100%. Must have been very high quality ammo for sure. What was the kid thinking......you can't kill a charging bear with a shot gun. Why the minimum round to use surely has to be a 338.

Seriously that was a brave young man and his quick action saved lives. Hats off to him!

Weight retention, deformation, penetration, and I am wondering...was that bird shot solid, bonded, expanding...oh, wait, sorry, wrong forum...
 

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Nice work by the young man for sure! Can't help but think about John Candy in the Great Outdoors though!
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I wonder what penetration he got from the wad. Think of the tales he will tell his grandchildren. Glad it all ended well.
 

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Well done !
 

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Unbelievable. That young man is a hero.
 

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