Hair's Breadth Bear

  Kurt Jaeger and me with Kurt's 10'+ brown bear.

Kurt Jaeger and me with Kurt's 10'+ brown bear.

Since it is brown bear season I thought I would add another story about hunting the big guys.

In 1984 I had the good fortune of meeting and guiding Kurt Jaeger from the small country of Liechtenstein.  I really enjoyed my time with him.  We had a great hunt and he harvested a beautiful 37 ½ “ Dall ram.  He booked to come back on a brown bear hunt in our Cold Bay area for the spring of 1986.  He harvested a massive 10’+ brown bear and later wrote a story that was published in a German Hunting Magazine and was picked up and published in the Safari Club Magazine.  Now it is on line under Guns and Hunting and I have attached that link for your enjoyment.  At that time, Kurt was the only hunter in Liechtenstein who had ever harvested a sheep and brown bear.

Before he printed the story he gave me a call and told me I would not like it because he added a few extras to make it exciting.  He did this because he was told by the editor that they really didn’t want another “hunter kills a brown bear story” but something more exciting.  We all know that everyone sees things a little differently anyway.   He is a good story teller and a better writer than I am so I think most of you will enjoy it.  He wrote that I said, “He is a lucky ________.”  That is something I would have never said then or now!  With that I hope you enjoy.