Saturday, August 06, 2016

AK: Hiker Stops Charging Brown Bear at 6 Feet with 10mm Pistol



The 10mm is becoming increasingly popular as a wilderness defense gun in Alaska.  Fully loaded it is as light, and a bit more powerful than a loaded, small frame .357 magnum.

The Glock 20 holds 15 rounds versus five or six for a .44 or .41 magnum revolver.  In this case near Homer, Alaska, on the Kenai peninsula, it did the job in stopping a charging brown bear sow. It happened on 29 July, 2016, a Monday afternoon about 4 p.m.  From homernews.com:
A Homer man shot and killed a charging sow brown bear at Humpy Creek last Friday. Kim Woodman, 57, shot the bear five times with a 10mm handgun before the bear fell about 6 feet from him. While backing away from the sow, Woodman fell and accidentally shot himself in the left foot. 
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Blackwell said Woodman surprised a brown bear with two cubs while hiking about 4 p.m. July 29 off the trail along the southwest fork of Humpy Creek in Kachemak Bay State Park. The bears were probably feeding on pink salmon in the creek. Woodman filled out a defense of life and property report, and Park Ranger Jason Okuly and Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Jason Herreman went to the scene and found the dead sow bear. They reported the sow had two gunshot wounds, one below the right eye and one in the chest.
Woodman had another defensive bear shooting 24 years ago, in 1992. In that case he was hunting moose. In 1992 he fired his rifle at close range when the bear was stalking him.

Falling down while backing away from the danger you are shooting at is a significant problem.  Backing away from an attacking animal or person is natural and can be effective.  But without eyes in the back of your head, falling down is a serious danger.

It is possible the bullet that struck his foot stopped the bear.  We may never know for certain.  Woodman is shunning publicity.  Maybe we will see an official report after it is published.  The superintendent of State Parks for the area said "it was fairly close".   The investigating officers confirmed the six foot distance.

The recent video of the well trained Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Deputy shooting his armed adversary shows him backing away while doing so.

To clarify, consider this.  You are backing away as an 800 lb bear is charging you at close range.  You are firing your 10mm handgun.  You trip, but you stay focused on the threat, firing as you go down.  As you press the trigger, you foot flies up into the line of fire as your back goes down to the ground.  The bear is 10 feet away.  It is easy for me to see how it could happen. It is not uncommon for people involved in self defense situations to inadvertently wound themselves or others.   The action is often fast and chaotic.


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16 comments:

Curt said...

The Sirius Patrol, Danish soldiers that patrol Greenland, carry Glock 20's for close encounters with polar bears. They also carry WWI vintage P17 Enfields in .30-06 that have all moving parts chrome plated for reliability.

Erich Henderson said...

What type of round was used??
Hard Cast, FMJ or A Heavy HP?

Anonymous said...

What was the load that he used?

oscar said...

Hello, your assessment of this situation is fairy accurate. I was backing up hoping she would turn before having to shoot. Backed out of situations before but nothing this close and aggressive involving a sow. Fired 3 or 4 quick rounds and then fell back. Kind of a combination of foot going up from fall and instinctively putting foot between her and me while putting last shot in chest. Whole thing probably happened in about 4 seconds and didn't know lost top end of middle toe until saw blood coming out of boot. They found my sunglasses that fell off the top of my head when fell backwards 2' from her head. They estimated the pool of water she was in was 30' from where I was when it started.

oscar said...

"Falling down while backing away from the danger you are shooting at is a significant problem. Backing away from an attacking animal or person is natural and can be effective. But without eyes in the back of your head, falling down is a serious danger. "
This is a comment well worth considering. I'm going to consciously practice with this in mind. Planting feet and holding your ground when appropriate. How you practice can make all the difference is once again demonstrated.

Anonymous said...

If you are going to be in bear country carry A WEAPON YOU DONT HAVE TO BACK UP WITH. drop them like a hot rock with the first shot. Or stay out of bear country.

Anonymous said...

If you can not hit a tea cup at 50 feet with the gun you are carrying, get a different gun or learn to use the one you have.

Unknown said...

You're lucky to be alive.

Anonymous said...

I just love the anonymous moronic comments. "drop them like a hot rock". Idiot, even a deer with heart/double lung shot runs 100 yds before falling, an adrenaline filled bear has a 50% chance of getting you unless you hit the medulla oblongata or get some penetrating shots that give it pause.
And for Mr "hit a tea cup at 50 ft" you're another rocket scientist. Unless you're a Nave SEAL with 10 tours under your belt, I'm guessing you'd have yellow and brown fluids running through your pants if an angry sow was a few feet from you. Just the blood surge from your own adrenaline rush would have your barrel wagging a few inches to and fro. I'm sure you wouldn't have even hit the bear unless it had rings/bullseye painted on it because you've never even been to a zoo that had a bear, you big mouth paper target killer.
Anything but praise for this man's brave and timely action doesn't belong here, especially from armchair know-it-alls who can't even spell camo let alone wear it.

Anonymous said...

I second the last comment, this man deserves congratulations and a round of applause for gathering the wit to hit the threat in a stressful life-threatening situation.

Anonymous said...

The bear went down with 2 hits. Hard to argue about a lack of effectiveness.

Ernie Zippreplat said...

Seems like he was one foot to close :-)

n2cycles said...

I want to see that tea cup shot from a hand gun while backing away with a 800 lb bear charging at 30mph. I carry a Glock 29 with full power loads and I shoot it quite well but I'd hate to be in his shoes. I'd love to see the dressing of the animal to ck bullet performance

Anonymous said...

nice shooting

Anonymous said...

I'm glad the attacked outdoorsman is still with us. STRONG WORK, SIR!

Anonymous said...

Wow people that cant spell camo/uflage or nave/ Navy. I think my being a Vietnam vet is enough experience. I'm one of six that came back out of the 46 in my platoon. I shoot very well at least well enough to be a survivor of the 1968 teit at dak to. I do not back up when I'm shooting.