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Why They Carry Guns in Alaska

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This reader lives just outside of Soldotna , Alaska.

  King season is over, and since I had a day off before silvers start, I thought I would go for a walk!  This occurred at 11:16 am this morning (Sunday), just 2/10 of a mile from my house.
  ON OUR ROAD while walking my dogs (ironically trying to get in shape for hunting season!) for the record, this is in a residential area-not back in the woods.  .  .  No bow hunting.  .  ...  No stealth occurring.  .  .  I heard a twig snap.....  And looked back.  .  .  Full on charge-a huge brownie, ears back, head low and motorin' full speed!  Came with zero warning; no Woof, no popping of the teeth, no standing up, nothing like what you think or see on TV!  It charged from less than 20 yards and was on me in about one-second! Totally surreal.  .  .  I just started shooting in the general direction.    ..  And praise God that my second shot (or was it my third?) rolled him at 5 feet and he skidded to a stop 10 feet BEYOND where I was shooting from.  .  .  I actually sidestepped him and fell over backwards on the last shot.  .    And his momentum carried him to a stop past where I fired my first shot!


It was a prehistoric old boar.....  No teeth......  No fat.  .    Weighed between 900-1000 Lbs and took five men to DRAG it onto a tilt-bed trailer!  Big bear.....  Its Paw measured out at about a 9-1/2 footer!  Never-ever-thought 'it' would happen to me!  It's always some other guy......  Right?

  Well, no bull.....  I am still high on adrenaline .  .  .  With my gut in a Knot (felt like I did 10000 crunches without stopping)!  Almost puked for an hour after.....  Had the burps and couldn't even stand up as the troopers conducted their investigation!  Totally wiped me out.  ..  .  Can't even put that feeling into words.  .  ..  By far the most emotion I have ever felt at once!


No doubt that God was with me, as I bought my Ruger .454 Casull (and some "hot" 350 grain solids) just for the heck of it.  ...  . And managed to draw and snap shoot (pointed, never even aimed!) from the hip!  Total luck shot!
  All I can say is Praise God for my safety and for choosing to leave the wife and kids at home on this walk!  We don't need gun contol in Alaska!