I Heard a Twig Snap

(Just Outside 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
motoring’ 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 inches!

Never-ever-thought ‘it’ would happen to me! It’s always some other Schmuck…..

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 brought 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!

Now if anyone starts making noises about taking away your right to protect
yourself with a gun, we need to let them know where we stand.

You just never know when a gun can save your
life – – don’t leave home without it….

Thank you Jim

Author: Papa Mike