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Thank God both hunters survived, especially Matthew Sutton with his injuries. Thank God his wife still has her husband and 5 little girls still have their dad. Clearly there are lessons to be learned. Today our family had a nice hike in the woods - the first since reading the article. The kids talked and sang - a good way to keep from surprising bears - and we brought along protection and a first aid kit. We were not hunting, but we were bear wary. It would be great to have a follow up article from Matthew on lessons he learned, what he does now, and his advice for hikers / hunters in bear country.
First of all, thank goodness he survived something like that, he was very lucky man to be alive.
I don't have to imagine what something like that would be like, because it happen to me. I was very fortunate to walk away, a well placed bullet ended my encounter.
Secondly, Hogranch you really don't know what your talking about. When it comes to grizzlies, there are no rules. Each bear is different, for you to say something like that could have been completely avoided if he only played by the rules is rediculous. They certainly made mistakes, but even if they did everything right, he still could have been attack, bears don't play by rules.
There have been numerous people who thought they were playing by the rules in grizzly country and did everything right, some are no longer with the living.
Here's some first hand experience and information about grizzly bear, they can cover 30 yards in one second, they can run 35 miles an hour. With my spotting scope, I once watched a large grizzly run flat out for three miles, he never slowed down, even while running up and over a few high ridges.
If you are surprised by a grizzly, do you think you can get the bear spray can off your belt, point and hit a charging grizzly in one second? I have a friend that empied a can of bear spay right into the face of a grizzly and it kept on coming, luky he had a gun, he killed it at five feet and it was only walking.
The bear that attack me was running flat out of the brush at 30 yards. Let me tell you, I didn't even have time to get the safety off or my rifle up before the grizzly was on me.
I've hunted grizzlies in Alaska and have incountered them out west.
I've seen many grizzly bears up close, had them in my camp at night, some only five feet away.
All the grizzlies I ever encountered ran the other way after they caught my scent, except one, it was using my scent to hunt me.
So Hogranch, unless you've had a lot of experence with grizzlies first hand, or faced a charging bear, knocking over trees as it comes for you, your just blowing wind about the rules. Because there's always one bear out there that doesn't play by your imaginary rule book, even if you do everything right.
Go to the article. Read the story. All the safety rules were broken. I can't believe this guy is being made out to be a hero. Read my safety rules and then go the the article and read the story. This guy did everything wrong and paid the price for ignoring all the rules of the jungle. The truth is, we live a lie. This reminds me of American Idol. Take a nobody and make them famous for no reason what so ever. I'm happy he lived but I'll bet he is mad at himself for being so stupid! Any good hunter would be.
Happy Trails to you..............
I am Matt's wife. Thanks for the positive comments. I am so happy God kept him here to be with myself and our 5 girls. Hogranch if I were you I would keep your stupid mouth shut!!! You were not there and not in that situation. Matt said the bear came at him so fast there was no way to grab a pistol. Matt said he wouldn't wish it on his worst enemy but with people like you I'm not sure. He is a great guy and hunted in Alaska for years even by himself. All I have to say is if you were never in a situation like that you would never know. Thanks to Bill for being there for Matt!!!!! I am so thankful he is with our family today. God saved him and now he is able to share what God has done in his life.
smedwards, I guess you are right. This magazine will not answer my inquire into why they published such a bad story about things going wrong without pointing out what should have been done. My friend was right when he said, these stories sell and that's all the magazine cares about.
Hogranch- I've only been hunting for 23 years, but I do not fall into this category of new generation hunters that you are referring to. My prior comment to you was very sarcastic and I apologize, but I was upset by your negativity! With 40 years of successful hunting under your belt, teach by pointing out the positive and what went well- even what could have been done better in a situation, possibly based on your own personal experience. Speaking for myself, I would take that "advice", consider it, and possibly even use it. The negative comment you posted only caused negative thoughts and in my case- a negative reaction! There is no perfect plan when your operating outside a controlled area!
Smedwards; You are the new generation of hunters who think getting into trouble, being mauled, getting lost and almost dying is what hunting is all about. Having never gotten into very serious trouble after 40 years of heavy hunting everywhere is what success is all about. As a former combat veteran, I learned to always be aware of the enemy. Hunters should always remember that you are invading their territory. Yes, it also belongs to us. They just live there longer and are a lot bigger. Happy Trails to you. Stay alive, it's more fun that way!
Hogranch- I really hope to meet you some day. You sound like you are filled with intelect and quite possibly a King in your own mind. I've never met a perfect man in my lifetime, but it sounds like you are the one I am searching for. Oh how everyone could learn from you....now that's STUPID!
STUPID; That is how I describe Matt Sutton. Gun shot, dinner bell for bears; Hunters split up after kill, stupid; Sutton empties rifle and slings it across back to drag deer, stupid; Sutton has no bear spray, no pistol and does not quarter deer to pack it out and carry loaded rifle properly for protection, stupid; Two hunters left on Kodiak Island for a deer and bear hunt and they do not bring a first aid kit and a satellite phone? Really Stupid and this guy is in the military? I have been hunting 40 years. Survival is all about not getting in trouble. It is not about being stupid and surviving. It is only by the grace of young bears that he is still alive. This entire incident was totally avoidable and Sutton got what he was looking for, excitement. Happy Trails to you
He's very blessed to be alive right now.May God bless him and his family.
It is not luck that caused him to survive. No. 1; it was not his time to die. No. 2: There is still something that he is supposed to do. I hope he finds out what it is.
He is so lucky to survive not only the initial attack, but 2 days with no medical help. Your a badass in my book!
Wow what an ordeal that guy went through. I bet he always packs a sidearm when out in the bush now.
No doubt about it Matt Sutton is a real man. Wow, the tenacity, endurance and guts one can only hope should we find ourselves in a similar situation we too could act accordingly.
Amazing adventure. Matt's wounds are bad and the gash on his neck is a nasty one. It was good thinking on his hunting partner Bill's part that he didn't say how bad Matt's neck wound actually was.
This is a good reminder that though we are the hunter, we are also the hunted. In nature we must remind ourselves that we are not the superior, know your limitations and act accordingly.
now there are a couple of outdoor experiences I would not care to encounter!
Matthew Sutton survived a horrific bear attack while hunting on Kodiak Island. He was mauled multiple times and had to wait for days before being rescued. This is a recount of his story and the surgery that saved his life.
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