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Video: Watch This Bear Swipe a Michigan Hunter’s Buck Right in Front of Him

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What would you do if a bear was stealing your deer?

That’s the conundrum Michigan hunter John Wardynski faced on the second day of Michigan’s firearm deer season. The hunter posted a video to Facebook of the encounter in Alcona County.

Wardynski had just shot a 6-point buck and was starting to trail it when he noticed the black bear near his pop-up blind. You can see what happened next in the video below.

I have a Michigan black bear encounter story that is hard to believe but true. Have you ever heard of a Michigan black bear dragging a whitetail deer away? Here's my iPhone video showing my bear encounter. November 16th, hunting in Alcona County, I made a clean shot on a nice 6 point. I walked down my shooting lane to check the spot where I shot my buck. Turning to see the line of site of my shot, there was a bear standing next to my pop up blind. The bear came down the ridge, then proceeded to parallel me as I walked my blood trail. Thought it was pretty cool to see a bear that close, so I started videoing with my iPhone. After walking 20 yards of so I realized that the bear was heading to my deer. Several times I tried shouting, whistling, breaking brush. She would not leave. At one point she was 35-40 from me. Backing away a few yards, still videoing, I could see the bear standing on a log over my deer. Tried again to get her to leave but came towards me. Backed out again to a side trail where I watched her dragging my deer over logs deeper in the woods. Not sure if she dragged the deer to her den or somewhere to cover it. Would really like to recover my antlers but will give her space. Been deer hunting for 50+ years never witnessed anything like this.(My apologies for the video quality. When I uploaded it to Facebook they posted it at a lower resolution. My original video is 1080p)

Posted by John Wardynski on Saturday, November 18, 2017

“After walking 20 yards or so, I realized that the bear was heading to my deer. Several times I tried shouting, whistling, breaking brush. She would not leave,” Wardynski said in the Facebook post.

I know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t he fire a few shots to scare it off?

Pulled out my 9mm shot twice in the air,” he wrote in subsequent comments on the video. Couple of breaks in the video. “Needed to put my phone down to grab my pistol, That’s why I said I needed to back out of there.”

Can you really blame the bear though? Winter is about to hit and an easy venison dinner probably fills the stomach perfectly before a long hibernation! Unfortunately, Wardynski is now out venison of his own.

“Not sure if she dragged the deer to her den or somewhere to cover it,” he said. “Would really like to recover my antlers but will give her space. Been deer hunting for 50+ years never witnessed anything like this.”

We hope he’ll be able to do just that. Thanks for  sharing this incredible forest encounter with the world, John!

What would you have done in this situation?

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Video: Watch This Bear Swipe a Michigan Hunter’s Buck Right in Front of Him