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Posted By: Darth Ramirez, 06-12-2008, 06:20 AM

can save you if you're frightened while shooting

These shots taken at Castle Mountain Chalets, in Banff Alberta Canada. K20D, DA*300.

I took about 30 shots of this Grizzly Bear, but only a few came out reasonably sharp - camera shake in many. Unfortunately, my concern over my safety over-rode my ability to keep the camera steady. A couple of times I had put myself in a bad position, where if the bear had charged, I would have had trouble getting away (not that I could have outrun him anyways!).

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You have larger kahunas than me. Nice shots!

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Great shots considering the circumstances! The only way I want to see a grizzly that close is through the fence at the zoo!
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Those first two shots are amazing. And like Andrew S. said....you've got bigger boys than me for getting these!

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Ah, let's see... You were using a 300mm, which equates to 450mm on our Pentaxes. Add the four 2x teleconverters, and you were plenty safe.

Great shots! You are un-officially nicknamed, "the big Kahuna".
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What kind of gun were you packin? I wouldn't shoot (pictures) of grizzlys without at least a 44magnum near by. 98% of the time you'll be fine.....but that 2% can be a bitch. You can't outrun them & you can't outclimb them....and they have no fear of people. Personaly I would swim with sharks before approaching grizzlys or worse yet polars.

Oh....nice shots BTW
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Good shots Mark,

I'm never worried about bears. Most of them would rather eat in the berry patch than even give you a second look.

However I wouldn't want to get that close to a cougar

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I have a similar picture. During vacation at Hilton Head last week, this little 14 footer snuck up behind me.

Camera shack via walking away in the other direction.




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Thanks to all for the compliments! The first two pictures I'd say were shot at about 25 yards. The bear was walking toward me and I had a bunch of fallen trees behind me making an escape difficult but I managed to get around them. That was not the closest I got though, about 5 minutes later I was turning around one of the cabins there and he was again walking toward me but this time at about 30 feet. I let out a loud yell and ran the opposite direction. At about 10 strides I looked over my shoulder and saw that my yell had scared him and he had turned around and was quite far the other direction. Whew

Here's one more of him getting pretty close to the Chalet's staff accommodations:



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QuoteOriginally posted by Darth Ramirez Quote
Thanks to all for the compliments! The first two pictures I'd say were shot at about 25 yards. The bear was walking toward me and I had a bunch of fallen trees behind me making an escape difficult but I managed to get around them. That was not the closest I got though, about 5 minutes later I was turning around one of the cabins there and he was again walking toward me but this time at about 30 feet. I let out a loud yell and ran the opposite direction. At about 10 strides I looked over my shoulder and saw that my yell had scared him and he had turned around and was quite far the other direction. Whew

Here's one more of him getting pretty close to the Chalet's staff accommodations:



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So much for the rangers advice not to yell and run when you see a bear.

Great shots and congratulations on the courage displayed.
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What kind of gun were you packin? I wouldn't shoot (pictures) of grizzlys without at least a 44magnum near by. 98% of the time you'll be fine.....but that 2% can be a bitch. You can't outrun them & you can't outclimb them....and they have no fear of people. Personaly I would swim with sharks before approaching grizzlys or worse yet polars.

Oh....nice shots BTW
I read this news clip just before reading this thread...

Ore. man recalls terrifying bear attack | KATU.com - Portland, Oregon | Local & Regional



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That's a big one, and he has got you spotted
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Excellent series of shots. I share the same sentiments as the others. A zoo works for me. LOL
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
I read this news clip just before reading this thread...

Ore. man recalls terrifying bear attack | KATU.com - Portland, Oregon | Local & Regional



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Yeah.....a .45ACP is inadequate for bear. It does not have anywhere near the penetration of a .44mag (which I would consider the bare minimum for a grizzly). A .454 casull would be even better. Now black bear you might get away with a .357mag......but they tend to be very skittish and generally avoid contact with people.
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