9 Year Old Girl Takes Record Book Brown Bear

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  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    9 Year Old Girl Takes Record Book Brown Bear

    Gary Gustafson,
    Bear Hunting Magazine
    Fern Spaulding-Rivers With Her Trophy
    An urban legend about a young lady and a world-record brown bear has been circulating on the internet. Here is one version:

    "This 9 year old girl from the Yukon killed the new world record brown bear on the Alaskan Peninsula in October, 2006. Skull size 33 1/16", 11' 9" nose-to-tail. Estimated weight of 1,800 Lbs. No, this bear had not killed anyone. It was the girls first-ever bear hunt!"

    No, she was not from the Yukon and no, it was not a world record, but the true story is just as fascinating:

    From "Biggest Bears Of 2006" in the March/April 2007 issue of Bear Hunting Magazine, due on newsstands late February 2007:

    If the "biggest bear" is determined as a ratio of the size of the bear to the size of the hunter, Fern Spaulding-Rivers is probably setting records that will never be broken. The 10 year-old from Talkeetna, Alaska has already harvested great trophies of most of Alaska's major game species, and she is a handloading fanatic as well. Fern's larger caliber rifles have a muzzle brake and a recoil pad and she also wears a custom-made padded shooting vest from McCoy Shooting Armor to help her withstand big bore recoil. Fern was carrying her Remington 700 Stainless chambered in .375 H&H while brown bear hunting on the Alaskan Peninsula with her father and mother on May 10th, 2006 (when she was 9 years old). As the day progressed she and her father saw 11 bears. At one point, they were charged by a pack of wolves, and they had to dispatch some with the nearest at only 8 paces! Later, they spotted a big bruin in a gully at 32 yards. With all the excitement of the day beginning to show, Fern asked Larry to hold her legs steady while she shot because her knees were shaking. Fern rolled the bear with her first shot, but the bruin regained it's footing and tore off across the tundra. Shooting again from a prone position, Fern dropped the behemoth for good with a second 270 grain Barnes Triple-shock at 112 yards. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service measured the bear's hide at 11'4" from nose to tail. The skull has been officially scored at 29 1/16" Boone and Crockett. What does Fern think of bear hunting? "Do you know how big an 11' bear looks at 30 yds? It's kinda scary! They are about the size of a Volkswagen bus and when they swing their head to look your way they remind you of a T-Rex in Jurassic Park!" Her trophy brown bear now puts her in an elite class. Fern is a tremendous example to young hunters everywhere, and she is a great hunter regardless of her age.
  2. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Nice story.... especially for those of us with daughters....
  3. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    NICE, very nice.
  4. GoatLady

    GoatLady Lock and load

    Sounds like my Liddy, if she's mad she'd take him out with her bare hands [​IMG]
  5. Blackjack

    Blackjack Monkey+++

    Very cool, but even as much as I love to hunt....... I don't know if I'd take my 9 yr old daughter after game as dangerous as a griz. Just seems a bit risky to me.
  6. wildernessgal

    wildernessgal Backwoods is a callin'

    AWESOME!!! I could totally replace that gals face with our daughter's face, as she is very much that way. What a HUGE accomplishment to make any parent PROUD! : )

  7. Bear

    Bear Monkey+++ Founding Member Iron Monkey

    Yup... like they say... "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned".... my little one sure qualifies as one of hell's furys when she's mad!!!!!.... I kinda feel sorry for anyone in her path... even me.... :0)
  8. WildBill

    WildBill Monkey+++

    That is really cool.[winkthumb]

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