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Hungry Horse Reservoir
(406) 755-5401
1935 Third Ave. E.
Kalispell, MT
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Picnicking; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Star Meadows Guard Station
(406) 863-5400
650 Wolfpack Way
Kalispell, MT
Other Activties
Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Hunting

Silver Moon Kayak Company
(406) 752-3794
1215 N. Somers Road
Kalispell, MT
 
Whitefish Army-Navy
(406) 756-3500
2140 US Highway 2 E
Kalispell, MT
 
I Love Sports
(406) 756-7840
319 Main St
Kalispell, MT
 
Flathead National Forest
(406) 758-5204
1935 Third Avenue East
Kalispell, MT
Other Activties
Auto Touring; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Wildlife Viewing; Winter Sports

Rocky Mountain Outfitter
(406) 752-2446
135 Main St.
Kalispell, MT
 
Whitefish Sea Kayaking
(404) 862-3513
321 Columbia Ave.
Whitefish, MT
 
Brass & Bullets
(406) 752-4867
2703B US Highway 93 S
Kalispell, MT
 
Kalispell Center Mall
(406) 752-0631
Kalispell, MT
 

To Hunt the Grizzled Bear

Working my way along a fast-flowing river, I glimpsed a patch of brown through the trees. Digging at something along the river's edge, there was my grizzly. As a resident hunter, I'd waited eight years before finally drawing a coveted tag in Alberta. It was early May and there were still patches of snow in low-lying shady areas. As quickly as possible I extended the legs on my bipod, lay out in a prone position and centered the crosshairs of my Leupold on his chest. At this time of year it's especially important to ensure that the bear is alone. Sows with cubs are off-limits. Everything looked good. A six-footer, he wasn't an old boar, but for a self-guided hunt and my first-ever grizzly I wasn't going to be too selective. Waiting just long enough to make sure everything was in order I gently squeezed the trigger on my 7 mm Remington Magnum. He collapsed on the spot! I'd like to say that was the end of the tale, but it just ain't so. Much to my surprise, he stood up. A second round was needed to put him down for the count!

Grizzly bear. It's a name that provokes fear, anger, admiration or sympathy. Ursus arctos horribilis - even its scientific designation has a chilling ring. The term fits with the image that grizzly lore presents us; humped back, razor sharp claws, bone crunching jaws, and rage. There are other more benign images as well - the solitary, silver ghost, ambling through alpine meadows with its lazy, pigeon-toed gait; the esteemed symbol of pristine wilderness, eulogized in newspaper articles that are unfortunately more often based on emotion than fact.

Regardless of how we perceive the grizzly, it is still one of the most sought-after game animals, a species that almost every big game hunter yearns to take.

But why? There's no denying the grizzly evokes an emotional response. Just consider the dread most of us feel at the prospect of coming face to face with one on its own turf. Most backcountry users, and yes, even most hunters take extra precautions to avoid a confrontation with the great bear. Then there are those of us who actively hunt or hope to someday hunt this amazing bear.

Grizzly Bear Facts
Grizzly bears are but one of several sub-species of brown bear. We often confuse the inland grizzly with the Alaskan brown bear or even the Kodiak subspecies which are strictly coastal bears. To simplify, brown bears inhabiting the interior of Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, and Northwest Territories, as well as the lower 48 states are considered to be grizzlies. Once roaming even the vast prairie grasslands, grizzlies could be found across several states and provinces. Where suitable habitat remains, today grizzly bear still thrive in the more remote boreal forests, low arctic tundra, foothills and mountains of Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon and Alaska.

Over little more than a century, with intense encroachment and rapid habitat loss, not to mention over-hunting, grizzly bears h...

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