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I thought some of you may relate to this true story
Around ‘95 Ted Nugent came out with the spirit of the wild record with a song named Fred Bear. The song immediately became my bow hunting theme song and I jammed it every time I drove to the land to hunt. It pumped me up and I felt it brought me good luck.
Well at the end of the song Fred Bear challenges young thrill seekers to travel to the Northwest Territories to bow hunt grizzly, brown and polar bear .....it will cleanse the soul.
In my 30’s this became my dream hunt. Now 25 years later I’m booked in June with Jonah. Brown bear with the bow.
A couple days ago Jonah was answering some of my questions (he’s been awesome btw, I picked the right outfitter for sure) and I asked him if I need a hand gun. He said - he never goes into bear country without one. I didn’t see this coming
I’m happy to report the cleansing has begun.
That’s great. Can’t wait to hear the story. it’s always exciting. somebody going on their dream hunt
That is cool story! I got the Cat Scratch Fever at a young age...not sure that it was from Nugent's song though
JG, that song is my ring tone! I hope you go and have an amazing adventure.
Thanks guys. Maybe I’m weird but I still keep the cassette tape in my truck even though I have no way of playing it. Old uncle Ted. I have to thank him for this
First saw Nugent back in '76. He almost melted the venue's brand new PA system. Hell of a guitar player and entertainer.
Hope you kill the bear of your dreams, JG!
JG that’s awesome!!! So exciting! And I’d say handgun for sure.. I know your probably aware but it’s not the “biggest one you can buy” but the biggest one you can shoot the most proficiently! Good luck!
MA - I’m not a big gun guy. In fact at 60 yards I have a better chance at a 12 ring shot at a deer with the bow than a rifle or pistol. I love flooded timber duck hunting and shoot a shotgun well but can’t shoot a rifle worth a darn. Really don’t care to fix it either
My wife and I went through concealed carry class and I bought 3 9mm handguns. Really haven’t shot them much since the class. My buddies think I should take their 10mm. I’ve never shot a hand gun that big. To be honest, I’ve never carried a hand gun on me
I’m thinking of just bringing the 9mm glock with hollow points and stick close to the guide (who has a gun and knows how to use it)
Enjoy... you’ll have a great trip with Jonah
I agree its more about accuracy and reliability. Would prefer a short barreled double barrel 12 gauge with 3 inch slugs, but in a handgun a Glock 10mm would do the trick with the right bullets(hard cast) and lots of practice at close range. You wont be shooting a bad brown bear at much over 30 ft or so if it comes to that. Also I am just spit balling as I never hunted the big bears but have handled lots of handguns and pistols in the last 38 years!! Shawn
I’m same as scoob. I’ve shot tons of handguns. Small to big. .22LR to 454 casull with western style grips (it was aweful). If I was going brown bear I’d probably consider the ruger gp100 in 10mm
Good luck, you're in for a great hunt.
You'll have a guide on stand with you at all times (required by law) packing a heavy firearm.
If you do take your 9mm be sure to load it with Buffalo Bore Hard Cast bullets. Do not use hollow points for this purpose.
Helgermite I’ve always thought the mushrooming of the bullet is what you want to get full energy transfer?
I have some reloads from the gun range with solid tips. I’d guess finding bullets might be tough right now?
I really don’t know much at all about hand guns or bullets. Any help would be appreciated
The Polish army issues Glock 20 10MM to their troops in Polar bear country. 15 rds of 200 gr hardcast Double Tap ammo . I carry the same in a Kenai chest holster up here in the panhandle of Idaho grizzly country.
JG, Jonah gets high marks. A fellow BSer and I are booked for G bear in the Brooks with Jonah next year. Not really familiar with the song but I get the "cleansing effect" of anticipating an adventure of that magnitude. Good luck to you.