For a bear hunter, having the opportunity to hunt on Alaska’s Kodiak Island is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Rugged and untamed, the island boasts one of the largest land predators in the world and hunters come well-prepared to make sure the hunt isn’t an end-of-a-lifetime experience as well. Armed with a bow and hunting at uncomfortably close ranges, hunters are often accompanied by their guides with a defensive weapon at the ready. This video uploaded to YouTube by Luke Randall demonstrates that bowhunting a Kodiak bear can be a very dangerous endeavor, perhaps even more so after you let your arrow fly.

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87 thoughts on “Video: Kodiak Bear Charges Bowhunter after Arrow Hits

  1. That was close range but the arrow did not pass through. It looked like bad shot placement. The arrow hit hard bone or was a mechanical that didn’t work. Grizzlies are serious business and this guy wasn’t ready for the task.

    1. He shot the bear twice. The first one was a pass through the second one hit bone. Still I think there was time to put a third arrow in him before he turned on the hunter.

      1. After watching repeatedly, that first shot may have passed through low on the belly because the bear appears to lurch up at the shot.

      2. Well I will tell you this that is fricken close hats off to the guys for holding steady unless you have ever been in that situation then don’t knock the guy trust me from personal experience coastal brown bears are hard to get that close exsp get a few shots off without the bear charging before the first

      3. Mark, I wasn’t knocking him at all, just responding to Mike who said that he was shot twice with first arrow passing through. I know that shooting at paper I’m deadly………don’t know that I could have shot better than this guy did.

    2. Its a 1400 pound mature Kodiak…. Not a whitetail. A pass through is pretty tough to get on an awesome animal like this… and especially from the ground. Having the gunman ready right beside proves he was ready for the task. Good footage!!

      1. I know from experience that they do not stop immediately when shot in the heart. An 8’8″ Grizz I shot ran 40 yards before he fell over. When I opened him up there was no heart left and one lung shredded. He was able to go 40 yards with no blood circulation.

  2. It’s a shame the bear didn’t kill both of these cowards. You want to hunt an animal? Try killing it with your bare hands then you get all the glory. Cowards with weapons killing with a an upper hand then posing for pictures like some kind of heroes.

      1. WE’RE SO LUCKY TO HAVE THE LIKES OF YOU TO TAKE CARE OF THINGS OTHER WISE WE’LL STILL BE LIVING IN CAVES , AS IF !!!

      2. WELL SAID , SHAME THESE HEROES CANNOT TAKE A BEAUTIFUL ANIMAL LIKE THIS WITH THEIR BARE HANDS ,,,THEN WE’LL SEE WHO IS THE BRAIN CELL OF THE YEAR .

      3. Why would a hunter go at a bear with bare hands? The bear has what nature gave him…strength, claws, teeth, and speed. The hunter has what nature gave him, superior intellect. Nature’s plan at work.

      4. SHAME THE POOR BEAR HAD TO DIE A NASTY DEATH . ONE DAY THESE PEOPLE WILL GET THEIRS , MOTHER NATURE WILL MAKE SURE OF THAT

      5. Harry you are an idiot! It is people like you that are really so uneducated about nature!! Have you ever watched a nature show and see how animals kill for their food!! Have you ever watched a pack of wolves take down a healthy deer? Have you seen what a nasty death that is? From the sounds of it, you haven’t!! So before you push your anti hunting BS on everybody educate yourself!!! That is the problem with your type, every time you open your mouth or get behind a key board you truly show how ignorant you are. Now all that being said I am an avid hunter and I respect that you might not agree with hunting. But you writing these little remarks make you look like a freak that has no idea!!

      6. Ah dear a hunter , nothing more need be said , the height of intelligence and vandalism

      7. You show the intelligence in your statements!! You know absolutely nothing about nature and its course. You are just a blow hard who tries to put yourself above everyone else. But YOU aren’t !! And you are clueless!! So keep spitting out chunks of stupid!!!!! You are entertaining!! Well not really!! Oh I do not discriminate………… I hunt everything I can!!

      8. Your the freak, having intellect doesn’t give you the right to kill things for sport, Comparing this to animals who hunt to survive they don’t just go out and kill things for sport, cant stand people like you who use the excuse of “you wouldn’t say it to my face” i actually wouldn’t think twice to tell you personally what i thought of you lol, your entire comment is rubbish, you can buy tuna in a tin ? e.t.c but no lets go hunt and kill it instead, what a sad way of thought.

      9. Who are you! I would and have had heated discussions on this! I don’t give a rats ass what you like. I don’t understand why you asses troll these sites!!! Let me say this in simple terms If you don’t like or support it!!! Don’t watch it!!!

      10. Yep, that ole tuna jumped right in that can, huh? I do not hunt for sport, I hunt for food because the meat offered in your local grocer’s cold case is NOT good for human consumption due to all the “solutions,” and chemicals. Believe it or not, bear meat IS edible,

      11. I see! These 2 starving guys were hunting for their starving families back home like wolves and lions. Anyone have an application for Food Stamps to send these 2 “hunters?”

      1. I love hunting, to feed my family. I’ll easily let the lead fly to kill any animal harming my brothers crops aswell. Thats just a trophy to that guy, thus a guide. He wasn’t killing to survive…

      2. Why is it wrong because he does not share the same opinion as you on hunting? Have you ever been to Alaska? Have you ever dealt with bear issues just walking out the back door of your house? Do you understand game management? I am not saying what you believe in is wrong. But not everybody has to look at hunting and share the same opinion as you!!

      3. I doubt very much YOU are hunting to survive!!! You hunt because you enjoy it like the rest of us!

      4. To kill for fun is a sinful desire…. which it makes you equal to a cold blooded murderer. Now hunting for ones survival is natural law. God tells me that I should send all those who murder, and rap to God, and let Him deal with you. Now argue that one. So tell me what did you do with the bear…

      5. lol game management? Well I guess we should start killing man to manage the population. Man has done enough damage to this planet. Now you think that you’re actually helping this planet by killing for fun? Seriously?

      6. Amen to that brother! What greenies do not understand is that most hunters to preserve the environment and manage wildlife populations through hunting. And they cal us narrow minded. That is why we require permits to hunt after populations studies are done. A good hunter respects the animal, land, and laws and even non hunters by following the laws and being discreet. With a little though I’m sure you will realize that hunting is a big reason why the human race exists. Just because you were raised in the city and have never seen it, do you think it does not exist? Where do you think meat comes from? You are a conservationist? Good so are we. Now go and do some good for the environment and we will cheer you on!

    1. Where do these idiots come from that no nothing about hunting or how nature or the ecosystem works, and why do you watch these hunting videos. Go away, and learn something about what ur speaking about. PURE IDIOTS
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    2. Hey steelers best want to see footage of u killing a Kodiak bear bare handed.Then pose for the picture showing us your roman tactical skills

      1. What those dumbasses are saying is “My steak doesn’t come from a steer, I get it at the grocery store!! LOL I like your comeback!!

      2. Ihave never had the opportunity to hunt in Syria. But I have had the opportunity to hunt in Afghanistan. Killing terrorist is exhilarating and exciting but hunting arguably the most aggressive killing machine on this planet cannot be explained until you experience it. An arrow will kill a bear or large mammal usually quite quicker than a high-power rifle. You do not always hunt brown bears Kodiak bears they hunt you. Once they smell or spot you they will move into you. Having the balls to let that bear get into that range in order to make a good clean kill shot literally takes nerves of steel. Nice bear congratulations!

      1. Have you ever seen the 6 inch long claws on a bear? Talk about weapons! Why do you think there was a firearm for back up?

      2. YES I KNOW WHAT THE BEAR’S CLAWS LOOK LIKE, , MAIN DIFFERENCE IS DUM DUM ‘HUNTERS ‘ ACTUALLY ARE A GOOD WAY OFF AND ARE NOT CLOSE ENOUGH FOR THE BEAR TO RIP THEM APART, HUNTERS USE WEAPONS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A BLOOD LUST , ARE SO SAD THAT THEY NEED TO KILL FOR A BUZZ AND ARE SADISTIC MENTALLY SICK BASTARDS . THEY HAVN’T GOT THE BALLS TO TAKE ON A BEAR MANO A MANO . IF HUNTERS DON’T WANT TOP GET HURT ,, LEAVE THE CREATURES ALONE TO LIVE IN PEACE ,,THATS ALL THEY ASK FOR ,,,THATS TO LIVETHEIR LIFE . AND TO BE PERFECTLY BLUNT ,,, I COULD NOT GIVE A FLYING F**K WHEN A HUNTER GET MAULED SHAME IS IT DOES NOT HAPPEN ENOUGH

    3. Do you go to the store and buy beef? The poor defenseless cow or pig thats raised and slaughtered just for you to eat you are a coward and a moron!!

    4. My thoughts exactly! And using arrows to do it just proves some sadistic tendency in these idiots! And they went home feeling like big shots, when both of them should have been ashamed to call themselves hunters. This crap is senseless!

      And it’s not even something to eat. What a waste.

  3. You have every right to hunt bears that’s fine. However I have every right to wish the next bear kills you and your shitty kids grow up without a father.

    1. Why are anti hunters always so hateful? Until you understand conservation and the good that hunting does, you should probably just keep your mouth shut!

      1. Conservation. ..are you kidding me. Try that trick in Congress, they are breeding out of control and do nothing constructive. Then you will have my respect.

      2. THAT BEAR DID NOT HAVE TO DIE , THESE ANIMALS HAVE JUST AS MUCH RIGHT TO THEIR LIFE . MOTHER NATURE HAS BEEN DOING THIS JOB FOR MILLIONS OF YEARS ,,,, THESE CLEVER PEOPLE WANT US TO BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE FOR CONSERVATION THAT THEY CAN DO A MUCH BETTER JOB THAN MOTHER NATURE !!!!!!!!!!! AS IF , KILLING FOR BLOOD SPORT IS NOT CONSERVATION ,ITS JUST KILLING FOR THE SAKE OF KILLING NOTHING ELSE THEN WE’RE SUPPOSED TO FEEL SORRY FOR THESE FOOLS WHEN THEY GET KNOCKED ABOUT OR KILLED BY AN ANIMAL WHO WAS JUST MINDING ITS OWN BUSINESS TO BEGIN WITH . YOU SCREW OR HARM AN ANIMAL YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE , SHAME IS IT DOESN’T HAPPEN OFTEN ENOUGH . I JUST WISH THE ANIMALS COULD FIGHT BACK WITH WEAPONS

      3. You are absolutely right! It might have been better to let him starve to death due to over population, huh? It would be less cruel to let him starve over a period of several weeks, huh?

    2. That sounds good from the animal rights people save the animal but i wish death on the people and there family. You make me sick and i hope you never reproduce. Hunter or not i would never wish death on another person.

    3. You are a total idiot!! As a matter of fact, there are quite a few idiots on this page and you seem to stand out above them all!! That is quite the accomplishment!! But with your statement I see that KARMA will and should be come back at you!! Good luck with that!!!

      1. Words are less damaging then idiots like you who kill for sport, i agree with Derek and karma works both ways ?

    4. Derek, you are the epitome of ignorant. Wishing death upon someone is 10,000 worse than these guys killing a bear! You are a sorry excuse of a human! I think YOUR mom was the one with “shitty kids!”

  4. Mindin his own business and gets shot multiple times without the ability to defend….never understood hunting unless for a good reason other then sport. If you cant do the same thing with humans seems cruel to me

    1. Every hunter I have met eats the meat. Unless you happen to be a strict vegan, the meat you eat and other animal products you utilize suffered far more and lived much worst lives than this bear, or any other wild game taken and consumed by a hunter. The beef and chicken on your table came through cruelty.

  5. Shooting a 1,400 pounds kodiak 10 feet away? Thats so freaking stupid. No skill at all. Hit a deer running out 20 miles per hour and theres kind of talent. Dumb people dumb hunting.

  6. I have no problem with hunting. I partake in wild harvested venison and boar all the time, but I believe hunters have a duty to hunt as humanely as possible. By definition, hunting bow hunting large bears like this is guaranteed to be inhumane vs a well placed rifle shot to the heart. In this case, I was rooting for the bear. These morons should be ashamed. Too bad they didn’t win a Darwin Award.

  7. Lololol at the anti hunters!! Bad add keyboard cowboys. To bad we can’t round them all up and stick them on a island and they have to survive by hunting.

  8. DISGUSTING AND NASTY , KJILLIN FOR SPORT IS TOTALLY OUT OF ORDER, THIS PERSON SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED OUT DOORS WITH A BOW ,I’D HAVE THEM CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY , TOTAL WASTE OF LIFE . WHAT THE HELL DID THIS BEAR DO TO DESERVE THIS TREATMENT , SUFFERING . TOTALLY BAD KARMA WILL BEFALL THESE PERSONS.

  9. There appeared to be a cub with it. If that was the case, that bear should never have been harvested…
    Don’t get me wrong, I hunt and fish too. I won’t shoot a lead cow in an elk herd or any female with young.

  10. Too bad. I was really rooting for the bear. Fuck these two guys. Hunting for “fun” makes you an asshole. Period. I hope you all get to expire the same way this bear did. I hope you’re just chilling on the beach someplace when two cowards with shitty aim sneak up on you and have to shoot you several times before you die. I hope the last thing you hear is the two cowards laughing and celibrating how they just killed you when you weren’t paying attention and weren’t harming anyone. Douchebags.

  11. Shots sucked….that guy needs to go back to the range. Also…had mechanicals that failed (Freak Extreme) that had zero penetration at 25 yards. But still…what a shit couple of shots.

  12. To kill for fun is a sinful desire…. which it makes you equal to a cold blooded murderer. Now hunting for ones survival is natural law. God tells me that we should send all those who murder, and rap to God, and let Him deal with you. Now argue that one. So tell me what did you do with the bear…

  13. Hell, after that first arrow, I was rooting for the bear! Too bad you fuksticks had that rifle, or my bets would have been on the GRIZ !!! Maybe before he bleed out, he’d have taught ya’ some RESPECT! This stupid, inhumane, slow-kill archery crap is not about “sport”! It’s about watching some animal running around dying, as you congratulate each other on your “skills”. You were close enough to spit on him, and you call yourself a “hunter”, and your second shot just pissed him off!

    If you have to kill the biggest, most dangerous animal in North America, at least have the sense to do it with a magnum rifle round, which will minimize the animal’s suffering, and allow you to go home in one piece!

    This was disgusting to watch, and you two are IDIOTS! Better yet, leave the rifle at home next time….and lets just find out what you’re really made of, boys !!!

    1. I agree with you completley. These two idiots are cowards. I wish while they were stalking this bear a large brown would have come from behind and swiped both heads clean off of these chicken chit cowards. They should have never made it back to their vehicle. KARMA keeps score and these 2 losers need to die violent bloody deaths slowly.

  14. The arrow at that range should have penetrated another 12 inches at least. A heavy arrow and an extra sharp hard heavy broad head would have gone deeper…Even on an animal as huge as your bear is, a complete pass through is possible with the right equipment. No animal goes far with a well placed pass through with a large ultra sharp broad head. This is a huge bear and a massive trophy. Congratulations. Glad you’re both safe.

  15. I know this is an old thread,but I’ll keep it alive.
    This is a piss poor excuse of a hunting video for sure.This guy with the bow actually acts like he’s proud to have taken a big Brownie.He took nothing! The guide killed the Bear.I hate high fives on video and this is but one of the reasons why.

    This idiot would have died if he had been by himself. Even if he had a 500 S&W on his side.Prob. shot himself getting it out.
    I don’t hunt for pure sport,but I won’t knock most of those that do. This guy is an exception. He should take up knitting and leave the seriously dangerous hunting to those that are capable. Just my 2 cents. Your mileage may differ!! 🙂

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