Russel Ferster is one heck of a bow shot is all I have to say.
Ferster was hoping to put his archery skills to good use September 11, 2016, but not on a bear, and certainly not in a life-or-death situation. He and his 11-year-old brother, Lane, were elk hunting in Montanaâ€™s Crazy Mountains when a black bear responded to their cow call.
â€œWe werenâ€™t even fifteen minutes out of the pickup and I decided to cow call twice,â€ Ferster told the Billings Gazette.
The bear burst from nearby cover and closed to within 15 yards in an instant. Ferster said it appeared to be after the â€œelkâ€ and not after he and his brother. Ferster has had this occur before while elk hunting, so he raised his hands and shouted at the bear as he had done in the past.
This bear, however, wasnâ€™t deterred.
The bear began pouncing up and down on its front legs, much like a grizzly does when it presses down on a recently killed animal. Ferster is used to dealing with grizzlies, too, so much so that he has quit hunting in several areas that held the bigger bears. But despite his usual caution, he had failed to bring either a handgun or bear spray with him on this elk hunt.
He drew his bow in readiness for a possible attack, but his movement caused the bear to surge toward him.
â€œHe came at 100 miles an hour,â€ Ferster said. â€œI had a split second to aim and hit him in the only place that would stop him in his tracks.â€
That place was the eye. His arrow met the bearâ€™s left eye, driving inward and upward through the bearâ€™s head. It dropped the bear almost at Fersterâ€™s feet, the broadhead lodged just inside its skull and the nock touching Fersterâ€™s leg.
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