Grizzly Attacks Wyoming Bowhunter

This morning I received this amazing story in my email and thought I should share. Here is the email just as I received it:

“Many of you know that my brother-in-law, Ron, was attacked by a grizzly bear last weekend in Wyoming , while bow hunting elk with his dad.

Ron amazing came through with non life threatening injuries.

Ron, who is an experienced hunter and used to be a guide, was calling an elk for his dad, who was down hill 40 yards. The elk suddenly spooked and then Ron heard a noise behind him. He turned around and a grizzly was 15 feet behind him. He tried to shoo it away but it proceeded toward him. He went behind a tree and the bear kept coming, so he took off on his ‘death run’ down hill towards his dad. With the grizzly just feet behind his son, and running full speed, Ron’s dad shot one arrow.

Ron saw the arrow fly by his leg, unsure of whether it hit the bear, and within a few more steps, Ron was on his back with the grizzly on top of him. With is arms shielding his head, Ron kicked and punched the bear with all he had. Ron said it all went to fast and he was so full of adrenaline, he could not feel any pain at the time of the attack. When the bear continued to attack, Ron’s dad, could see that the bear was bleeding badly from the arrow, and he went over and started beating on the bear with his bow (You can not carry guns during bow hunting, so he had nothing to shoot it). The bear continued to attack Ron, biting clear through his left hand and glove, and down to the bone of his right arm just below the elbow. Then the bear, stopped, looking at Ron’s dad, walked away several yards, and rolled over dead.

The bear was autopsied and showed that it was well over 500 lbs (the grizzlies in that area average 350lbs) and 11 years old (which is in it’s prime). Following the path of the arrow, the autopsy showed that the arrow went in, hit a main artery, then bent, and hit the heart! A one in a thousand shot they said.

Another important fact to mention and that gave me chills is that Ron’s dad had had surgery on his arm, because he had injured his arm and was not even able to pull the bow last season. This was to be his big hunt, and before the day of the attack, he had already missed two elk that were standing still. The morning of the attack, Ron’s dad (also named Ron), prayed ‘God please guide my arrow today’.
Little did Ron Sr. and Ron know how God would guide his arrow that day!”

An amazing story about grizzly attacks I just had to share!



  1. Richelle Glauner says

    That is amazing he is still here to talk about it.I think if you are in grizzly country you should be able to protect yourself.

  2. Bruce Glauner says

    What a great story. This is why you should be able to carry a firearm in the field during bow season.

  3. Coletti Glauner says

    What an amazing story just goes to show what a person can do if they have to. Kuddos to Ron Sr. for the faith and nerve it took to save his son. With my husband out in the field all the time, not only hunting for himself and our family but guiding other hunters to their game as well, I would feel much better if he could carry a pistol or like firearm with him. I would hate to have to think one of his clients would be in charge of saving my husbands life, yikes.

  4. Matt Hacker says

    WOW!!! What an amazing story!! Ron Jr. is very very lucky, and I can’t even speak for Ron Sr. Way to go and good shot!! It is crazy how God works.

    Straight Shootin-
    Matt Hacker

  5. Kris Anderson says

    That is one amazing experience!!! Ron and his father were watched over that day. God truly guided Ron Sr. arrow!

  6. scott smith says

    Thank god we could read of a happy ending.I think this is proof that a father’s roll as a “the protector” goes way beyond childhood or young adult,even with < 100% use of one of his arms…..Nice shooting Ron. S.

  7. CDGardens says

    That is one hunting experience! I understand that there are hunting regulations, but I too would think at least one person should be able to carry a handgun for protection. God does reign…

  8. Cory Glauner says

    I don’t know if they did or no (carried pepper spray)t. I am thinking no. I know that I personally would carry it if I couldn’t carry a gun in grizzly country… but that’s just me.

    I do think that it’s ridiculous that you can’t carry a pistol to protect yourself though.

    • steve says

      Pepper spray would have saved a grizzly and also injury to the hunter. i have hunted both black and grizzly. This probably could have been avoided. And no it’s not ridiculous that you cannot carry a pistol. It’s bow season and the bears are there. Carry pepper spray and keep your wits about you. Bears can come to elk calls. When you are in grizzly country you must assume they hear the call so you must think about what you are doing. A tragedy. This big ol male should still be making cubs. Perhaps if we start taking precautions we can one day be able to hunt these bears in the lower 48. But right now too many die due to ignorance.

  9. Judy Bird says

    That was an incredible story. Here in Oregon, I understand that you CAN carry a gun while bow hunting (for protection only, of course). I wouldn’t go into bear country without a gun. I suppose that pepper spray would work but I’ve had the cans misfire before and ooze all over my hand. What a mess!!. Yes, pray that God guides your arrow everyday.

  10. Bridger Smith says

    Wow!!! Amazing story. Praise God for the outcome, and for the number of fellow believers in the field. I had no idea. As for the gun thing….I don’t care what the law says, or if it’s even legal where I hunt, but my wife hunts along side me in Idaho’s bear/wolf country….I pack a Kimber 1911. Just try to stop me.

  11. dan dinsmore says

    What a happy outcome but it could have been worse, let this be a lesson for hunters and relatives to learn from!, if the the story is accurate then the father panicked and could have cost his son his life, as a hunter you go over it a thousand times(what to do that is) in that situation, empty all your arrows first !,the grizzly is a easy target in such an incident, don’t lose your cool thats the number one thing, there might have been a good reason the father stopped, if not they are both lucky, DKD

  12. Richie says

    Who ever wrote the above has no knowledge of Wyoming law. As of two years ago, a Wyoming bow hunter may carry a sidearm anywhere in the state while bow hunting as long as its a legal cartridge to take big game. That pretty much means a .41 Mag or bigger. The hunter may NOT conceal the sidearm unless they have a Conceal carry Permit. Now about the story.

    I am from Wyoming and there was nothing about this on the local news or in the local papers. At least not from what I saw. Lots of internet hype though. Look at the pictures though. The guy was just attacked by a bear. The bear alledgedly bit his arm to the bone and through his hand. His face is a mess in the pictures. Yet after being attacked by a bear he was not in shock? What about his arm and hand. I dont see any damage to the jacket or the glove. Plus he is smiling. How many of us would even go near that thing after it attacked us. Yet he puts on a smile and poses for pictures. Sorry folks but I got to raise the BS flag. The bear was shot through a major artery and then through the heart just before it pounced on Ron and mauled him. That bear would have been spraying blood everywhere. Yet, Ron is spotless in the pictures. Other than his face, there is not a spot of blood on him. I know, I know. Someone is going to say he came back later. Several days later. Except it was warm that time of year and that bear does not look like its been sitting in the hot sun for several days. Looks fresh to me. Besides, even several days later, after being bitten clear through his hand and to the bone on his arm, he would be heavily bandaged and most likely that arm would be imobilized. A Grizzly bite is very septic. There is a strong chance of gangreen in many grizzly mauling cases. I doubt Ron would be back hiking around in the mountains several days after being mauled. Probably would be home taking lots of antibiotics and drinking lots of fluids.

    I hate to rain on anyones parade, but my opinion is that this story is internet BS. I dont know for sure, and I could be wrong. If I am I would be the first to apologize, but the story has way too many holes in it.

    Oh by the way Bridger Smith. I guess its better than nothing but your .45 ACP Kimber would do well on a wolf but would be worthless on a grizzly. Not enough energy to penetrate a Griz.

  13. Melissa White says

    My husband and I were amazed to find this article in a hunting magazine this weekend! Not just for the amazing story but we are both former high school class mates with Ronnie. We are so glad to hear that they both survived this attack.

    To the DUMB @$% above that thinks this is internet BS. Think again before you doubt somebody’s horrifying experience!

    Hey Ronnie, if you see this Danny say’s to stop trying to feed the bears! We miss you.

  14. Chris Karas says

    Amazing power of god right there, I do agree that even a side arm be able to carry with you during season. Every morning before I venture into the woods regardless of which season, I pause for a quick prayer to the good man up stairs for this reason right here. Ron is lucky and I happy to hear brother came out ok. Peace and love and safe happy hunting.

  15. Paul says

    I went on a guided hunt in Wyoming wilderness last Sept. While there I meet the game warden that investigated this incident. True story.

  16. Jay says

    I have to agree with Richie’s comments. If the details of this story are true, then you have to ask yourself do these pictures depict it. I don’t believe so. Let’s say he had a change of clothes to pose in these pictures with the bear. How can someone with a bite injury to the bone actually use that arm to not only give a thumbs up for the picture but to actually lean on it in the picture to support his body weight. Also, if you have ever seen someone with an injury that is a puncture through the hand (and I have seen one that is MUCH small than a bear bite) you would know that the amount of blood that comes out is tremendous. Not to mention it bleeds forever.

    As for Paul’s comments I sure would like to know the name of that game warden so that we can actually validate any of the story. Sounds like a job for

  17. Jay says

    Sorry, I forgot to add that I received this story in pdf format with a lot more pictures than what this story shows. It was a total of 34 photos where the victim is giving a thumbs up and weight bearing on his right arm for the photo shoot. I will be forwarding them to snopes.

  18. Luke Fitzwater says

    Excellent article. I believe that if more people tried bow hunting, they would be surprised how much fun this can be. I invite you and your readers to visit my new site, Silent Draw Outdoors. This is a new breed of hunting and outdoor adventure. Watch bow archery hunting videos of big game in North America.

  19. says

    Pepper spray is a joke. Think about how close you have to be to the bear. And if you are that close, you are either fighting like Ron Jr. or dying. I am so glad this story ended the way it did. So many others have not.

  20. says

    Pepper spray is no joke. A range of 30 ft and 2-3 feet wide spray is statistically far more effective than any firearm And far less risk of injuring the one getting attacked. Not carrying it in grizzly country is the real joke and it is irresponsible not to. Any bear biologist or survival expert will say the same thing. Glad to see this one ended well. Not well for the bear though!

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