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Randy Johnson

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Hello from Alaska
« on: April 23, 2013, 11:32:14 PM »
I was recently told of this website and have enjoyed reading many of posts.

I have live in Alaska for over 35 years now.  I have hunted big game here but my interest these days have been mostly upland birds and some waterfowl.  The birds are far easier to pack out than moose, bears, and sheep.  I still love to hunt bears both black and brown.

I don't own any horses or mules.  I've been thinking about moving south and getting a mule or two.  I have ridden mules on sheep hunts and have always been interested in them.

I've been privileged to see a lot of Alaska via a raft, a canoe, on horse/mule back, a snowmobile, a ATV and flying a small airplane.

Over the years I been lucky to be stationed or spend some extended time in Arizona, Washington, Idaho, Colorado, Wyoming.

I've been retired for 3 years.  

I've learned that I am more comfortable around bears than rattlenakes; I rather be dealing with bears or rattlesnakes than driving in Boston, Atlanta, LA, DC, Seattle or Houston.  



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Re: Hello from Alaska
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2013, 09:29:57 PM »
I've learned that I am more comfortable around bears than rattlesnakes; I rather be dealing with bears or rattlesnakes than driving in Boston, Atlanta, LA, DC, Seattle or Houston.  
AMEN TO THAT!! I completely hate snakes of all kinds.

Howdy Randy
Glad to make your acquaintance and have you on the Camp Fire. We've spent a good deal of time working in different parts of Alaska. Liked it all, but really liked the southeastern part. It wasn't nearly as wet as the west coast and more horse friendly. those mountain grizzles are prettier than the huge brown bears.

If you're lucky enough to be in the mountains, you're lucky enough!


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Re: Hello from Alaska
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2013, 05:25:52 AM »
Welcome to the camp fire! I would love living in Alaska! Super jealous


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Re: Hello from Alaska
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2013, 06:38:32 AM »
It's good to see you in the intro section Randy.  I'm not sure about bears over rattlesnakes.  Never been around grizzlies, nor do I know anything about them, so the unkown scares me.  Rattlesnakes on the otherhand, I see those all the time, I stay away from them when I see them and they stay away from me.  I am also sure they are a little easier to kill if I only a shovel or other long object with me.  I'd hate to only have a shovel and meet up with a grissley. 

Come see us when you get down in the AZ area. 

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Re: Hello from Alaska
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2013, 03:12:29 PM »
This man had brass you know what.  I remember reading it when it first happend.

I preferr my 375 H&H thank you very much.

It interesting that I found two stories about this man vs bear attack.  I cut and pasted the first one here and started to read it.  After I took out the fourth "F word"; I went back to find another account.  This one's language is a little safer for all to read> ;)


Downing the Killer Bear: An Alaskan Huntsman's Tale

By Chuck Holton
The 700 Club - Kodiak Island is a sportsmanís paradise. People come here from all over the world to hunt and fish. But if you are going to come here looking for that trophy salmon, youíre going to have some competition Ė the Kodiak brown bear. Itís the largest carnivore in the world, so youíd better be prepared. The bears on Kodiak Island get large because of the abundant supply of salmon. They are capable of hunting for other food, but they will happily steal yours if they can.

Gene Moe is an avid outdoorsman who has been hunting the Alaskan backcountry for more than 50 years. He knows better than anyone that if a bear wants your lunch, itís best to just let him have it. Gene took me back to the site of his most recent bear encounterÖwhich he hopes will be his last.

Gene showed me a tree that had been gouged in several places down one side. Gene told me that that is the bear's way of marking his territory, so you better get out quick.

It was November 1, 1999. Gene was hunting deer in the wilderness near Kodiak, Alaska. Heíd been out all day, and it was almost dark when he finally got lucky. But what he didnít know was that there was another hunter stalking the woods nearby, and Gene was its prey.

"You donít see far in these woods here, and I was bent over, skinning this deer out, taking the hide off when all at once I heard 'Raaahhh!'."

All Gene had to defend himself was a knife.

"The bear was on me, and he got me in the arm," says Gene. "Then he knocked me down. He came on top of me, but I had these big, heavy boots on. I knocked him off, and I fell here. But you know what? I got up before the bear got up. Then I really took that knife and I cut in his throat. He got my leg with a bite, but after I got that neck in there, he kind of released, and I took that knife and hit him in the vertebrae. The neck turned up, and he just sprayed me with blood. Then he went kind of away from our arena and he circled around."

 Gene knew that if he went another round with the bear, he didnít have a chance. But he did have a prayer.

"I said, 'Lord, please help me, Lord. I need help,' " Gene prayed.

The confidence that that prayer gave him was just what he needed.

"I looked at that bear, and I said, 'Come on, bear, the Lordís on my side.' He made a jump at me when I swung with this
fist . I hit that bear so hard I caught him someplace up in the nose. He fell down, he bounced one time, and his head went into the moss," Gene notes. "I said, 'Is he dead?' So I hobbled back to get the gun. I said, 'I had better shoot that bear, too.' That was a big job in that this hand [Gene's left hand] was completely white from hitting that bear, so there was no feeling in this
arm, and this one [the right arm] was all hanging down. Then I asked the Lord, 'Please help me. If itís our way, I got to go to the beach. I donít think I can do it, Lord, but letís try.' "

I wondered if Gene had thoughts that he was going to die on that mountain that day so I asked him.

Gene told me, "Itís tough to say. I laid down to die, I know, three separate times. I asked the Lord, 'Will you take me home? Without that, Lord, give me strength so I can go.' I started down, and it was tough. It was hard. My hardest thing I think in life was coming down off that mountain. I was going downhill, I didnít know exactly where the boat was, I was kind of mixed up a little bit, and all at once, it was a dark, dreary day, just about snow, and the sky had just opened up. Right across there I could see Afognak, and I knew that mountain there. I said, 'Iím right on line.' "

Miraculously, Gene made it to the beach. There he found his longtime hunting buddy, Tom Frahlich.

Tom remembers Gene making a dire request.

"He says, 'Just shoot me,' " Tom remembers. "I told him, 'No, weíre not going to do that. You tell me that tomorrow and maybe we will.' Letís put him back together and get him back in the boat and get to some civilization so that we can get some help."

When Gene was injured, the only available phone within a 50-mile radius was a radio phone at a certain cabin. The people who lived there were nice enough to take Gene in, bandage him up, and call the Coast Guard, who were here within moments with a helicopter to take him to the hospital.

A month of rehab, two skin grafts, and 500 stitches later, Gene made a full recovery.

"Tom is the one that put this arm together," explains Gene. "This doctor said two days later, 'What medic did this?' It was just another lowly cement finisher."

I asked Gene if it was hard to stretch his arm now. Gene replied, "No, but I wouldnít tell you if it hurt anyway." Not one to mope around, the 74-year-old is now enjoying golf again.

The bear, however, didnít fare so well. In fact, Gene has that same bear skin hanging on his wall. But thereís one thing that Gene believes with all his heart: he was saved for a reason.

"Our Lord had something for me to do, or I would have never made it or been here," says Gene. "Since I was 14, the Lord has been my hunting guide and my fishing guide. Iíve been so blessed for all those years of having Christ on my side."


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Re: Hello from Alaska
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013, 07:43:29 PM »
Welcome Randy!  That was some bear story.  There's a lot of tough people up North.  Tell us some more stories if you get time.


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Re: Hello from Alaska
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2013, 11:15:22 AM »
Welcome Randy .
Bring up some more bear or snake stories . I dont like snakes also , but tell us about them .


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Re: Hello from Alaska
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2013, 04:45:10 PM »
I got PLENTY of snake stories ! Let me know and I will tell all you want. I got pictures too. Living in the southeast we have a ton of snakes.
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Re: Hello from Alaska
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2013, 06:33:53 PM »
Yes I wanna read about snakes
and bears too .

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