Armed 11-year-old boy saves fishing party
An Alaskan boy armed with his trusty pump-action shotgun saved his family from a charging brown bear during a fishing trip last month.
The boy’s father, Lucas Clark, said it took his son, Elliot, four shots of birdshot to put down the sow, according to the Juneau Empire.
Elliot, who was 11 at the time but has since turned 12, was with his uncle, uncle’s dad, a cousin, and three dogs when they encountered the bear on their way to a fishing hole near Hoonah, about 40 miles – as the crow flies – west of Juneau, on June 18.
Clark said the group was walking through the woods, with Elliot third in line, when the bear came charging out. “The bear came down the trail at them, fella in the front, who was (Elliot’s) uncle, the bear was on him so quickly that he didn’t have time to take his rifle off his shoulder,” Clark said.
Having gone through the first two men, the bear turned its attention to Elliot and his unarmed cousin, but Elliot quickly raised his shotgun and fired.
“His first shot was a light load of birdshot. That first shot hit (the bear) in the shoulder and did absolutely nothing. The next shot hit ’em in the nose and traveled down through the neck,” Clark said.
The third shot hit the bear in the shoulder and back and caused it to drop to the ground and slide toward Elliot, Clark said, adding the third shot was so close that it left powder burns on the bear’s mouth. But the bear was still alive, so Elliot shot it one more time. And for safe measure, his uncle fired the final round, killing the bear.