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Phil's articles are always very informative, well-written--and often filled with action.

This is a photo Eileen took in 2008, when we visited the "Hairy Shoes" at their place on Becharoff Lake, both to fish and open the ptarmigan season.

With somewhat mixed feelings, Eileen wanted to get some good photos of bears fishing the streams. This one was taken at maybe 25- yards, with Phil standing right behind her, with 'Ol Ugly' in his hands. The bear wasn't charging us, instead running toward salmon it saw under the bank we were on--but Eileen didn't flinch, because she knew Phil had her back....

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Great pic, MD.

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Doesn't even look like it's charging. Looks like a cartoon bear doing a Red Skelton "doo-doo-doo" as he's running.



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Originally Posted by Mule Deer
Phil's articles are always very informative, well-written--and often filled with action.

This is a photo Eileen took in 2008, when we visited the "Hairy Shoes" at their place on Becharoff Lake, both to fish and open the ptarmigan season.

With somewhat mixed feelings, Eileen wanted to get some good photos of bears fishing the streams. This one was taken at maybe 25- yards, with Phil standing right behind her, with 'Ol Ugly' in his hands. The bear wasn't charging us, instead running toward salmon it saw under the bank we were on--but Eileen didn't flinch, because she knew Phil had her back....

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COOL picture!



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MD, I can't think of anyone better to have her back. Vietnam seasoned, with the "right stuff" to protect his CLIENTS with a 9mm handgun. A great thread !!!


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I was reading an older piece by Phil S where he referenced his jungle time. For some reason the gist stuck with me. Maybe he’ll comment. Seems some operators came out of the foliage after a long time in and headed toward the better part of base. As he put it a “REMF” harassed them about proper protocol and appearance and how they needed to shape up. One of the group gave him a “thousand yard stare” and suggested he withdraw. Wish I could lay hands on that. And best I remember REMF complied.


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I was reading an older piece by Phil S where he referenced his jungle time. For some reason the gist stuck with me. Maybe he’ll comment. Seems some operators came out of the foliage after a long time in and headed toward the better part of base. As he put it a “REMF” harassed them about proper protocol and appearance and how they needed to shape up. One of the group gave him a “thousand yard stare” and suggested he withdraw. Wish I could lay hands on that. And best I remember REMF complied.


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This is what 2nd Lts DO BEST !!!


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Originally Posted by Mule Deer
Phil's articles are always very informative, well-written--and often filled with action.

This is a photo Eileen took in 2008, when we visited the "Hairy Shoes" at their place on Becharoff Lake, both to fish and open the ptarmigan season.

With somewhat mixed feelings, Eileen wanted to get some good photos of bears fishing the streams. This one was taken at maybe 25- yards, with Phil standing right behind her, with 'Ol Ugly' in his hands. The bear wasn't charging us, instead running toward salmon it saw under the bank we were on--but Eileen didn't flinch, because she knew Phil had her back....

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Hope Eileen doesn't find out how you titled that pic!


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Doesn't even look like it's charging. Looks like a cartoon bear doing a Red Skelton "doo-doo-doo" as he's running.

Yep, to anybody familiar with grizzlies/browns it obviously wasn't charging.

But the bear was running directly toward us, and the salmon it was hoping to catch were just below Eileen's feet, a few feet from the bank she sat on. And you never know what a bear might do when it's startled....

Here's the next photo she took, about a second later....

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[quote=oldwoody2]This is what 2nd Lts DO BEST !!![/quote

If I remember correctly the officer who called us to attention was an REMF Captain !

And John and Eileen were a real pleasure to have in camp and acted quite nonchalant about how close bears came. Eileen took a great photo of a very close and quite large old boar on another day of fishing

She also seemed quite the "bear magnet " when we were winding through alder patches with 20 ga shotguns looking for ptarmigan


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Hi Phil,

Hope the bear hunting is going well!

It was a lot of fun visiting you all--can't believe it was 14 years ago. But do remember Eileen wasn't quite so nonchalant when she jumped the bear out of the nearby brush when ptarmigan hunting--and also remember your comment, that she set the women's world record for the backward 20-yard dash while carrying a 28-gauge....


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great picture ! and any bear close to me i have learned respect , my good friend who was a Marine in Viet Nam and did some bear guide work in Alaska always said he like to see bears but only when the bear was a long ways away . told me the story of one of his clients on a Brown Bear hunt David as a guide always carried a 338 Win .mag. but the client had a new 340 Weatherby mag. . he seen a big bear few hundreds yards away so they stalk the bear with the right wind to the steam bed area my friend David the Marine crawled slower over the bank, and there was the bear 15 feet away ,bear had a huge head ,bear was digging in the bank ,David eased backed down the ditch bank ,told the client/hunter where the bear was , the client/hunter crawled up the bank, next thing that happened hunter had crawled back down and said he didn`t really care to shoot a bear anymore and that David could if he wanted too he would tag the bear . David said no he would not kill the bear ,David told me this that client/hunter`s eyes were huge and was white as a ghost and wanted to get out of there.


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Bears up close and personal are always fascinating.
This past couple of weeks while guiding fishermen we had a large male who became comfortable around us. He was on a relatively small creek and We often bumped into him at close range. We would stand looking at each other from 20-30 feet to see who would be first to give.
If I did anything abruptly, like standing up from sitting or stepping forward, he would back up and walk around us and if we stopped and backed away 2 or 3 steps he would walk right past us only a few feet away.


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