Video: Angry Sow Bear Viciously Charges Hunters in a Ground Blind

   09.06.19

Know how they say the last place you want to be is between an angry sow bear and her cubs? Well, that’s where these two hunters found themselves one evening, during a hunt neither of them will likely be forgetting for a very long time.

Bear hunting certainly entails its fair share of risks. Bear hunting on the ground.. that might just double the risk factor! We don’t have to tell that to these two hunters, though, they know all about the risks first hand having experienced a ‘worst-case-scenario’ type situation and miraculously survived.

Caleb Invidiata had his camera rolling to capture the gripping footage of a very angry mama bear attacking him and his friend Shannon Long on the first day of a five-day black bear hunt.

In Caleb’s own words, here’s what happened that evening:

“On Sunday June 27, 2018 Shannon Long and myself (Caleb Invidiata) head out for our first hunt of a 5 day hunt. We decided to go together to a spot we didn’t have a trail camera on to see what was coming into that stand and maybe we would get lucky. About 3/4 through our sit I spotted a sow with two cubs coming our way. We watched the bears do their thing for almost a hour, until the sow all of sudden looked straight up started to communicating with her cubs that it was time to go. When she left we thought a male bear might of been coming in and she was startled by him, but we saw nothing. We talked about how amazing the experience was to just get to sit there watch these bears. About 5 minutes later I look over my shoulder and said to Shannon, “dude she is right there” Shannon not able to see the wall of dead fall blocking her path thought she was just going back to the bait, but she was being funnelled right down to us. She left the barrel, flanked around, left her cubs in a safe place, and came to attack us.

In the video you see a shot from a GoPro at 0:24 that was behind us, I wish it was recording to capture this moment from a great angle. However you can see in that shot the dead fall that I fall back into and she is jumping up on trying to get to me. She didn’t see Shannon at first standing right there cause her focus was on me.

Bear Attack

We believe the reason one of us did not get mauled or killed, is because at first she only saw one of us and her focus was on me. It wasn’t until Shannon started kicking her in the face to get her focus off of me so I could try and get out of the dead fall she had me stuck in that she realized she was out numbered. Once she realized she was out number she went from an attack mode to a defense mode and did not know which one of us she should focus on without the other one attacking her.

You see Shannon walk towards her when she leaves the first time but turns around and comes charging back in at him, he trips and I’m just getting out of the deadfall looking to grab an arrow to jump off the log with to try and stab her, because when Shannon walked past the camera before she came back at him he grabbed my knife from me. However, her being out numbered, us yelling and me getting up onto the log making myself as big as possible she turned and ran for a second and final time. You see her looking left and right, she is looking at me and then looking at Shannon and backing up till she feels safe to turn her back to us and run. If we were not together that night we do believe she wouldn’t of stop trying to maul one of us.

Thank you to Calibre Creative Inc. For an awesome job with the editing!”

WARNING: LANGUAGE NSFW 

Like Caleb said, it was merely a numbers game for this bear and if they hadn’t been sitting together that night, it likely would have been a much worse outcome.

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