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Bear Swipes a Michigan Hunter's Buck Right in Front of Him

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. Apparently, this hungry bruin had noticed the hunter's fresh kill and smelled an easy meal to be had.

You can see what happened next in the video below.

"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? Well, it turns out he tried that and it was completely ineffective.

"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 was able to do just that. Thanks for sharing this incredible forest encounter with the world, John!

What would you have done in this situation?