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:

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22 thoughts on “Video: Hunter Lands a Throw on Bear in Intense Ground Spear Hunt

  1. The man has braggin’ rights on that bear . He earned them ! The HARD way ! Suddenly I have a hard time thinking of using a flintlock muzzle loader as primitive hunting .

  2. I helped a close friend who was a guide for spring bear in Northern Ontario for a couple years just for the fun of it. I never understood the thrill guys had shooting a bear over a bait, it’s actually just target shooting. This on the other hand, kinda stupid but I can definitely see how this would have his heart pounding.

  3. I helped a close friend who was a guide for spring bear in Northern Ontario for a couple years just for the fun of it. I never understood the thrill guys had shooting a bear over a bait, it’s actually just target shooting. This on the other hand, kinda stupid but I can definitely see how this would have his heart pounding.

  4. I helped a close friend who was a guide for spring bear in Northern Ontario for a couple years just for the fun of it. I never understood the thrill guys had shooting a bear over a bait, it’s actually just target shooting. This on the other hand, kinda stupid but I can definitely see how this would have his heart pounding.

  5. I helped a close friend who was a guide for spring bear in Northern Ontario for a couple years just for the fun of it. I never understood the thrill guys had shooting a bear over a bait, it’s actually just target shooting. This on the other hand, kinda stupid but I can definitely see how this would have his heart pounding.

  6. Its pretty easy to judge this being less the “sporting” , hunting over bait. BUT that said the success rate isn’t that high because bears have VERY good senses and are wary quarry. This guy did something great, no doubt

  7. Its pretty easy to judge this being less the “sporting” , hunting over bait. BUT that said the success rate isn’t that high because bears have VERY good senses and are wary quarry. This guy did something great, no doubt

  8. Its pretty easy to judge this being less the “sporting” , hunting over bait. BUT that said the success rate isn’t that high because bears have VERY good senses and are wary quarry. This guy did something great, no doubt

  9. Its pretty easy to judge this being less the “sporting” , hunting over bait. BUT that said the success rate isn’t that high because bears have VERY good senses and are wary quarry. This guy did something great, no doubt

  10. Its pretty easy to judge this being less the “sporting” , hunting over bait. BUT that said the success rate isn’t that high because bears have VERY good senses and are wary quarry. This guy did something great, no doubt

  11. Yeah, big deal…The Native Americans could do it with a smaller spear, one handmade, and I am not impressed…If he took it down with a knife, I would be more impressed…

  12. Yeah, big deal…The Native Americans could do it with a smaller spear, one handmade, and I am not impressed…If he took it down with a knife, I would be more impressed…

  13. Yeah, big deal…The Native Americans could do it with a smaller spear, one handmade, and I am not impressed…If he took it down with a knife, I would be more impressed…

  14. I have been hunting for 56 years and this video was disgusting. It’s mindless jackasses like this performing shameless “stunts” that attempt to glorify the hunter, but by doing so demean the game animal, that give all the anti-hunters the arguments they need to hate us. Shameful spectacle of pseudo bravado. Stop focusing on yourself and show some respect for the animal. If you want to take an animal humanely (which you obviously could care less about) then shoot it with a rifle.

  15. So does this make his dick feel longer to him? he should impale himself and make the Earth just a bit more beautiful Shit like him is a dime/dozen. There is no replacing that beautiful bear.

  16. Not a easy thing to do. There is an old technique of using a thrusting spear, meaning that you do not throw your spear but you thrust it into the bear. This was done during winter when the bears where hibernating, so you go and wake up the bear, he rushes out of the den in mock charge to scare the intruder. This is when you present the bear with the tip of your spear covered in a sheet of leather to make a scabbard for the tip. The bear will bite into the tip of leather which will unsheet your weapon and as he is preoccupied in cheving on the scabbard, you run him through. The spear needs to be of strong wood and the tip needs a cross beam. to keep the bear at bay while you wait for the animal to die.
    There is only one word of advice given for such a form of hunting. Do not take a step back when dealing with a bear.

  17. According to Alberta Canada hunting rules persons hunting big game must use an authorized bow and an authorized arrow. It also appears to be baited in by a feeding barrel.

  18. My uncle (in law), Harold D Schmidt of Patten, Maine, original owner of The Driftwood Hunting Lodge, and friend of Fred Bear, pioneer of modern bowhunting, killed a bear with a spear in the 60’s or 70’s and it was featured in an edition of Bowhunting Magazine. And as far as I know, he never did it again and always regretted doing it. And i understand he was investigated by Maine wildlife law enforcement for using a contrivance to kill the bear.

  19. Back in the ’70’s, there was a man up near Cold Mountain in NC that killed a black bear with a knife…the bear weighed over 300 lbs. I doubt he would have gone on you tube (if it was around) and bragged about it.

  20. This guy is all about look at me. Look what I do. The bear’s body lay soaking in his own blood over night. This makes for not very good eating. Who would be eating this bear? You can’t take it across the border with you. Killed for no other reason than look at my little hard on. Go hunt in your own damn country.

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