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.416 Remington MAG Not Enough Gun - Field & Stream "Super-Guide" Mauled By GRIZZ

Discussion in 'Hunting, Fishing & Camping' started by Washington D.C., May 2, 2004.

  1. This just happened up in Alaska. Rifle in question is supposed to be a re-barrelled SAKO - pushfeed style instead of controlled feed. I guess the guide will trade it in for a 577 Express - or use Dixie Terminators in the future!


    Hunting guide mauled by wounded brown bear

    ATTACK: Scott Newman attributes incident to two cardinal errors.

    Anchorage Daily News
    (Published: April 28, 2004)

    Scott Newman, a hunting guide from Petersburg, recovers in the Sitka Community Hospital on Tuesday.

    Scott Newman of Petersburg says he's naturally a calm person. He proved it Monday evening as a wounded brown bear on Admiralty Island crunched the bones of his left foot and moved up to chew on his leg while Newman methodically tried to free a jam in his rifle.

    By the time the bear chomped on his inner thigh, Newman let go of the rifle and his hope for another shot and tried pushing the animal away with his hands. The bear then began cracking the bones of his right hand and forearm.

    Newman, a 39-year-old hunting and fishing guide, told the story of his mauling Tuesday by telephone from his bed at Sitka Community Hospital. He was bandaged and in splints. Doctors had yet to close his puncture wounds, so as to let them drain. He was in a lot of pain, he said.

    Nevertheless, he spoke matter-of-factly, going over details with precision, and blaming himself for two mistakes, neither of them very rare on guided hunts.

    Newman has been guiding for 17 years, 12 of them as proprietor of his own business. He is called a "superb guide" on the Web site of Field & Stream magazine.

    Monday was the last day of a 10-day bear hunt in the vicinity of Pybus Bay in the southeast corner of Admiralty, about 75 miles south of Juneau. His client was a textile businessman from Mexico City. Others on the trip included the client's wife; Newman's 15-year-old nephew, Levi Newman, who worked as his assistant guide; and a cook.

    "We saw only 10 bears for the whole trip," Newman said. That included a decent-sized bear on the fifth day, which they let go. On Monday, from Newman's skiff on Little Pybus Bay, they spotted a boar along the beach of the small peninsula that separates the smaller bay from the bigger one.

    "I parked the skiff downwind of the bear and we did our final stalk on foot," Newman said. The bear busied itself behind a bunch of driftwood logs. They'd see a leg, then its head. It seemed to back away.

    Newman next made the first of his mistakes, he said: He left the side of his hunter and crawled toward the water for a better look. When the bear started climbing over the logs, the client became excited and fired two or three rounds.

    "I wasn't able to whisper, 'Wait 'til he turns his side,'" Newman said. He now fired several rounds of his own, big 400-grain bullets from a .416 Remington Magnum.

    "I think I got a frontal shot," he said. "I thought I really hit him hard. I was pretty confident he'd be dead" in the brush where the animal ran.

    Now came what Newman considers his second mistake. It was 7 p.m. and would be dark in two hours. He didn't want to wait until morning to skin the bear, not with another hunt coming up in a few days. He decided then to follow it, to ensure it was dead and to skin the carcass while they had light.

    Newman found a large pool of blood where the bear had been hit and a spoor leading away from the beach into the brush.

    He zig-zagged across the trail, circling quietly. It was clear the bear was bleeding from both sides. Newman guessed it had been hit as many as half-a-dozen times.

    "I was fairly concerned because he'd gone quite a ways. There was dark blood. I knew he was hurt, but I didn't think he was mortally wounded, so I probably had a live animal on my hands."

    Newman was looking at the ground when he heard a twig break. He slipped the safety off and heard a low roar.

    "He was ticked off," he said. "He appeared instantaneously. He looked like a freight train coming at me. I knew I had to make the shot really count. I took an extra split second, leaned into it and torched it off. I was fairly certain I hit him in the chest."

    He worked the bolt to chamber a second round but "short-stroked it," jamming the rifle. "****," he said as the bear barrelled forward, knocking him down.

    "Now I'm on my back kicking this bear in the head, trying to get him off me. He's biting my left foot, giving me a compound fracture, crunching the bones in my left leg. I'm trying to get my gun to work."

    Newman feared that a bad tear in his thigh could sever the femoral artery, so when the bear bit him there, he switched tactics.

    After the boar chomped his hands, however, it broke off suddenly, turned to the side, turned back as if still interested in Newman, but finally walked away.

    "When he dropped down, he appeared very sick," Newman said. He thinks the bear, found dead later just yards from that spot, was then only moments from dying.

    "It was that frontal shot at 10 feet," Newman said. "It was a mortal shot, and he had just another 30 seconds to live, and in the meantime he chewed on me very good."

    As soon as the bear turned away, Newman grabbed his rifle and ran 25 yards away -- on adrenalin, he said.

    "I sat down and started yelling for help, then realized I had my hand-held (radio) and called the Coast Guard. ... 'I need a helicopter now,' " he told them, worried still about the femoral artery.

    The artery was intact, although Newman did lose a lot of blood. But he never lost consciousness.

    "I had a definite sense of calmness. I was very calm about the whole thing. I don't know where it came from. That's just the way I am. I was never freaked out about it. I just knew what I had to do to get out of that situation."

    Levi Newman and a man from a nearby lodge helped stabilize him until he was evacuated by Coast Guard helicopter 90 minutes after the mauling.

    Levi also worked to skin the bear and get the hide and the others back to Petersburg on Tuesday evening.

    The Associated Press
    ADMIRALTY ISLAND, Alaska — A hunting guide on a 10-day trip with a client was attacked by a bear near Pybus Bay on Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska.

    Scott D. Newman, 39, of Petersburg was picked up from the island by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and taken to Sitka for treatment of multiple broken bones, Alaska state troopers said.

    Newman, a licensed guide, told troopers he and his client were on the last day of their trip Monday when they spotted the bear, which they stalked to until they could get a good shot.

    The client fired at the bear twice, and hit it, and Newman also fired at the bear.

    The bear ran into some brush, and Newman followed. The bear turned and charged, troopers said, and Newman fired again.

    The bear bit Newman on the legs and arms and then turned away and lay down, giving Newman a chance to pull out his radio and call for the Coast Guard for help.
  2. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)
    big thread on this at in the alaskan section, the 416 is enough gun, the hits were poor. I know of the guy, he's one hell of a guide, and has forgotten more about bears than I'll ever know

  3. Scott H

    Scott H Guest

    Kinda makes the point for carring a back-up weapon, huh?
  4. Smaug


    Feb 16, 2004
    North Chicagoland
    That is one lucky guy.

    Lucky it wasn't a grizzly or polar bear...

    If I were him, I'd trade the bolt gun for a 450 Marlin lever gun... I guess you can still short-stroke them and screw it up, but maybe he would have gotten off another shot or something.

    On the other hand, he is used to the bolt gun, so it may be best just to stick with that. I'm sure he will NEVER short stroke it again, hehehe.
  5. WalterGA

    WalterGA Millennium Member

    Jan 26, 1999
    Hahaha! What exactly do you think a "brownie" is? :) Looks to me like the bear was acting in a legitimate case of self-defense. Good for the bear!
  6. JackFrost


    Aug 17, 2003
    Anchorage, AK
  7. pangris

    pangris Moderator Moderator

    May 19, 2002
    Baton Rouge
  8. pangris

    pangris Moderator Moderator

    May 19, 2002
    Baton Rouge
    I have to say I don't disagree much. You **** with a bull, you get the horns, etc ad nauseum.

  9. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)
    brown bears are just as mean as a grizz, just in a different area, infact in the few I've seen, they are meaner, cuz there is less food, bears that get fish can eat just about any time they want, brownies hunt alot more for food, and are even meaner when somthing pisses em off. Smaller, often times yes, but they get just as big, and are just as dangerous.
  10. WalterGA

    WalterGA Millennium Member

    Jan 26, 1999
    They're the same bears!
  11. Bonk

    Bonk Millennium Member

    Nov 8, 1999
    That will definitely leave a mark. I'm sorry folks, if it's 1500 pounds and cranky, I ain't screwing with it.:)
  12. eddie_zzzzzz


    Jan 18, 2004
    That's why so many of the folks I know use a semi-auto shotgun for
    self defense after going to classes and seeing just how many folks really do "short stroke" it under pressure.

    Sorry for the off topic.

    Oh - One of thos ultra-lite .44 MAG in a hip holster would have been a good idea. :)
  13. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)
    ;g walter, check my location, I know full well what a brown bear is.

    They live in different areas, hence the different names, inland bears are grizz's and Brown Bears live in the costal areas.
  14. Quake Guy

    Quake Guy Superior Member

    Mar 12, 2001
    Yeah, working a bolt fast and true is a skill few people have anymore... Unless you were a British soldier during the World Wars with an Enfield, chances are you dismount your rifle when reloading the bolt...

    Semi-automatic shotgun, lever action or double rifle are all better choices.

    Also, where was his hunter. The best defense in such situations is another guy with a gun.

    I think if a brown bear charges you, you will get knocked down one way or another...
  15. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)
    you can short stroke a lever, I've seen it happen under stress. Big bear at close range, with a 44 marlin, my father shot the bear 8 times and short stroked the 9th. levers and autos though, are not as good as a big bore bolt, because you can not put the large, heavy hitting rounds like 375 H&H, WBY, and up in them. Doubles are good, but if you need a 3rd round, your F-d
  16. akbound


    Mar 31, 2004
    Good grief.....another "semi-informed" tree hugger!
  17. dbrowne1

    dbrowne1 Senior Member

    Jan 7, 2000
    Sounds like a people problem, not a gun problem. The .416 with a 400 grain bullet isn't enough? Please.;Q

    I'd like to know where the other guy was as well. And why an experienced guide wasn't carrying a backup (.44mag handgun, for example).
  18. acpoulos


    Mar 8, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
    Or at least a knife to stick in it's eye while it was gnawing on him...

  19. cerberus


    Jan 31, 2004
    Sometimes the Bears win.;Q There not just bunny rabbits.:)
  20. The .416 is quite adequate. And the short stroking is a result of training (or lack of). When using a repeating weapon that requires user intervention to fire each shot (work bolt, work lever, pump forearm, etc...) you have to practice working the weapon HARD and all the way or else you will get it to short stroke. Lever actions will do this, pumps will do this, and I know bolts will to!

    And yes, since he was a guide and in constant proximity to bears, a good handgun would seem like a rather logical idea. Any handgun from .357 mag and up. When that bear was munching on his leg, a good handgun would have saved him a lot of pain.

    Lots of lessons here. Oh, and yes a simi-auto does 'remember' not to short stroke as long as you have good quality ammo. A simi-auto 12 guage is good bear defense.