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What bow did Fred Bear use on beach hunt

Messages posted to thread:
thekunk 25-May-22
Highlife 25-May-22
thekunk 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
Phil 25-May-22
Mike E 25-May-22
Steve P 25-May-22
Highlife 25-May-22
droptine59 25-May-22
Doc Pain 25-May-22
Doc Pain 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
George D. Stout 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
David McLendon 25-May-22
George D. Stout 25-May-22
Riverwolf 25-May-22
Jim 25-May-22
reddogge 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
Doc Pain 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
droptine59 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
reddogge 25-May-22
BigStriper1 25-May-22
reddogge 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
Greenstyk 25-May-22
JusPassin 25-May-22
Catskills 25-May-22
Nemophilist 25-May-22
M60gunner 25-May-22
Zbone 26-May-22
Buzz 26-May-22
the Black Spot 26-May-22
Uncle Lijiah 26-May-22
Nemophilist 26-May-22
Nemophilist 26-May-22
R.grider 26-May-22
R.grider 26-May-22
From: thekunk
Date: 25-May-22




What model bow did Fred Bear use on the beach from behind the boulder when he shot his Brown Bear?

From: Highlife
Date: 25-May-22




Hoyt pro medalist;)

From: thekunk
Date: 25-May-22




What year Kodiak bow ?

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22




Fred Bear shot that bear in 1962. So, I'll guess he used a 1962 Kodiak.

From: Phil
Date: 25-May-22




Highlife .... that was funny ... very funny thanks

From: Mike E
Date: 25-May-22




I thought it was '66, probably miss remembering.

From: Steve P
Date: 25-May-22




Yup, like Phil, gave me a good chuckle this morning. Thanks highlife.

Steve

From: Highlife
Date: 25-May-22




Thanks after yesterday's horror we all needed one

From: droptine59
Date: 25-May-22

droptine59's embedded Photo



1959 Kodiak. here is a pic from my visit in 2007. Note typo on the plaque.

From: Doc Pain
Date: 25-May-22




Maybe it’s just me but the post card looks like it says a 1956 kodiak

From: Doc Pain
Date: 25-May-22




How do we know it’s a typo?

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22

Nemophilist's embedded Photo



It just says the 1956 Kodiak hanging there was the bow in the post card. So was it that 1956 Kodiak that killed that bear or was it a 1959 Kodiak ? Properly one of the two. In any case my guess was wrong.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22




That bow hanging on the wall doesn't look like a 1956 Kodiak to me. Looks more like a 1959 Kodiak.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 25-May-22




It is Frank, here's what Rich wrote: "1959 Kodiak. here is a pic from my visit in 2007. Note typo on the plaque."

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22




I read what Rich posted.

From: David McLendon
Date: 25-May-22




After some cleaning and sharpening up on the computer, it's easy to see the white diamond inlay with black bear on the riser of the '59 Kodiak in the postcard. It's the same bow that's in the pic that Rich posted.

From: George D. Stout
Date: 25-May-22




And Rich said it was a 59, so not sure what the question is so I guess I misunderstood, or???? I'll just get along little dogie. )))

From: Riverwolf
Date: 25-May-22




He should have used a Grizzly ! ;^)))

1959 was a remarkable year with Bear Archery bows !

I'm a longbow guy, but the 59's have always attracted me with those narrow Longbow like limbs and grip .

From: Jim Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 25-May-22




Does it matter? Not much because it was an outstanding animal.

From: reddogge
Date: 25-May-22




I guess it matters to some.

I have the actual post card and on the back it says "A world record class Brown Bear (Kodiak) killed in 1960 by Fred Bear of Grayling, Michigan with one arrow 1t 20 yards. Weight approximately 1,000 pounds.

I also looked it up in Fred Bear's Field Notes and the pictures and write up has it killed Friday, May25, 1962.

I believe the Field Notes are correct and the post card wrong so I'm thining the bow is a '62 Kodiak since he used the current year's production model Kodiak on these hunts.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22

Nemophilist's embedded Photo



Yep the post card says 1960 (I have one also) but the Fred Bear (The biography of an outdoorsman) book says 1962 for the Alaskan Brown Bear on the beach. According to the book Fred Bear did kill a record Alaskan brown bear in 1960 and shot it at 20 yards. But the book says the Alaskan brown bear he killed on the beach that came around the boulder was in 1962 and was shot at 20 feet. Actually by 1970 Fred Bear killed 3 Alaskan Brown Bears and 7 Grizzly Bears.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22




reddogge I believe both the post card and the field notes book are both right. I believe it was two different Alaskan brown bears.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22




I don't think the bear on the post card is the one on the beach in 1962. I believe it was the record bear he shot in 1960.

From: Doc Pain
Date: 25-May-22




I believe Nemo is right. The bear around the boulder was not the first big bear that Fred took. He had taken his first one sometime around 1957 if I remember right.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22




So he may not have shot the Alaskan brown bear on the beach with a 1959 Kodiak. He may have shot the other bear in 1960 with that bow and may have shot the beach bear with a later year bow. Like a 1961 or 1962 Kodiak.

From: droptine59
Date: 25-May-22




Call.... Oh wait... no one left alive to verify accurately. I just posted the pic for reference.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22

Nemophilist's embedded Photo



Here is Fred Bears tally up to 1970.

From: reddogge
Date: 25-May-22




Nemo, that explains the discrepancy, two different bears. I'll have to go back and read the chapter on 1960. The beach bear pictures and narration definitely show up in the 1962 chapter.

From: BigStriper1
Date: 25-May-22




So 60 years ago today Fred Bear killed the Big Brown Bear from behind the Boulder, congratulations Fred. I’d probably still be shaking. Kurt

From: reddogge
Date: 25-May-22




I would have had to throw my pants away.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22




When I bow hunted New Brunswick Canada, I had a black bear sow with two cubs under my stand looking up at me and snapping her teeth. And I had no back up gun or guide with me. That was a rush. I can't imagine having a huge Alaska Brown Bear 20 feet from me with me on the ground.

From: Greenstyk
Date: 25-May-22




Counting brown bears, grizzlies and one polar bear he did it at least 11 times plus 7 black bears. Nerves of steel.

From: JusPassin
Date: 25-May-22




That took some concentration didn't it!

From: Catskills
Date: 25-May-22




Just out of curiosity, did he have a backup firearm?

From: Nemophilist
Date: 25-May-22




He had a guide backing him up with a rifle. And a lot of times he also carried a 44-magnum pistol on him. If you look closely, you can see the guide behind the boulder with Fred Bear.

From: M60gunner
Date: 25-May-22




Isn’t that hunt on one of his videos? Seems there is a picture of him behind the rock as well. Maybe either one could solve the mystery

From: Zbone
Date: 26-May-22




Don't remember the bow model of the WR record Brown Bear (at the time) but I do remember it being a 65#er... Was thinking it was a take down model... Have the kill video on DVD when a chance will try and see...

From: Buzz
Date: 26-May-22




From: the Black Spot
Date: 26-May-22




20 feet? ….I’d have messed my pants…

From: Uncle Lijiah
Date: 26-May-22




Kodiak Country was filmed in 1960. That's the film in which he shot the big brown bear from behind the beach boulder. I imagine Fred shot the latest model available.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 26-May-22




The brown bear on the beach was killed in 1962 it says so in FRED BEAR The Biography Of An Outdoorsman, and in Fred Bear Field Notes. I'm sure took more than one year to film the video.

Here is the whole story of that bow hunt in 1962 on the Bear Archery site: https://www.beararchery.com/blogs/base-camp- archery-blog/fred-bears-field-notes-chapter-8-brown-bear-1962

From: Nemophilist
Date: 26-May-22




Towards the end you will hear the narrator mention the 4 foot by 4 foot boulder.

From: R.grider
Date: 26-May-22




Highlife, dont be rediculous, I think it was a Ben Pearson. ??

From: R.grider
Date: 26-May-22




Highlife, dont be rediculous, I think it was a Ben Pearson. ??





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