No blind, no backup weapon, and from the ground. When it comes to spearhunting, those things are not exactly recommended, but Josh Bowmar decided to risk it all in this epic May 19 hunt in Alberta, Canada. At the time, he was hunting with his wife, Sarah, who had just harvested her own bear the day before. Josh, however, somehow got it in his mind to try his hand at spearhunting a bear without a backup—much to his guide’s dismay. Carrying only a custom-made spear with an attached GoPro, the hunter laid in wait until a massive bear came into sight. As you can see in the video below, the tension was palpable.
“No blind, no back up, about as primitive as you can get! This bear measured over 7 feet 1 inch from nose to tail, with his skull still in,” Josh wrote in the description of the video he uploaded to YouTube.
Josh is a fitness fanatic and co-owner of Bowmar Fitness. What’s more, he was a former javelin champion and had pinpoint accuracy. Yet all these things would have mattered little if the bear had noticed the hunter just a little too early, or if Josh missed and enraged the bear. At that distance, things would’ve have been dicey even if the sportsman had brought a backup gun with him. There are plenty of examples of what happens when a hunter underestimates a bear, and it usually isn’t pretty.
However, everything that could go right did go right in this case, and Josh manages to score a hard hit on the bear. You can watch the throw in action below: