GrizzlyStik Success Bruins: Grizzly, Brown, Polar, & Black Bear Photos  

Welcome to the GrizzlyStik success pages. Take your time and enjoy browsing these photographs of bowhunters who know the satisfaction of hunting hard with GrizzlyStik arrows and broadheads.

If you have your own success photos you'd like to share with us email them to: Success@GrizzlyStik.com. Please include the following information: Your name, the kind of 'critter' taken, the state or province taken in and your equipment list. We'd also like a few words describing your hunt if you'd care to add that.

Note: By submitting images and descriptions to GrizzlyStik you authorize us to use them online and in print for promotional purposes.

We love it when our bowhunting friends share their successes with us and bowhunters around the world enjoy looking though bowhunting success pictures like these.
 



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Jeff Lizyness took this Pope & Young black bear in Manitoba CA with his 47# recurve and a 650 TAW (Total Arrow Weight) GrizzlyStik arrow and broadhead setup.

He contacted us because his 47# stickbow is a fairly lightweight bow, but he knew that if he hunted with heavier arrows and super sharp single bevel broadheads that he was stacking the odds in his favor for a successful hunt.

He decided to use GrizzlyStik tapered carbon arrows matched to his bow, tipped with our single bevel, 200 grain Maasai broadheads.

His shot resulted in a complete pass-through and even went through the front leg on the far side! The bear traveled a short 12 yards and expired.

Jeff was elated and shared with us, "Thanks GrizzlyStik for helping me get the best possible set-up and tuned arrow. The bear will be Pope & Young, and thanks for the help on the arrow and broadhead set-up, it obviously played a huge factor in getting it done!"

Jeff's hunt was with Canadian Wilderness Outfitters in Manitoba, Canada










Since finding us at the SCI show several years ago, Hugues Marcott made the switch to our GrizzlyStik Silver Flame broadheads. Hugues has been on a bowhunting tear since the switch - successfully harvesting Cape buffalo, giraffe, sable, eland, musk ox, polar bear and this awesome Alaskan brown bear.



























The new Pope & Young #9 Alaskan brown bear taken with a 650 grain (all in) GrizzlyStik Momentum arrow tipped with a 200 grain single bevel broadhead.  The first shot was a complete pass through. 

As seen in the video, the second follow up shot, was taken at 40 yards and never slows down as it makes contact with the giant boar moving away.  The second arrow was found lodged all the way up against the sternum.













Unalakleet Blondie taken with a GrizzlyStik 200 grain Maasai broadhead. "He was standing looking at me at 48 yards. I shot him through the sternum into the heart. The fletching caught in the hide on the way out. He went 10 yards and died." - Ernie Santana











 

Top of The World - “What an awesome adventure. Attached is a photo of the Nanook I was fortunate enough to take this May. My GrizzlyStik Samurai broadhead performed flawlessly - I had a complete pass through.” - Frank Kusler


This successful hunt was booked through Mark Buehrer of Bowhunting Safari Consultants.



 

 















"Jeff Moyer here again (Stoughton WI). I wanted to write and thank you and your Samuri Broadheads for aiding in a recently successful NW Manitoba Black Bear Hunt booked thru Bow Hunting Safari Consultants.

Your broadheads equipped on a "custom" built Black Eagle - Deep Impact arrow (apx. 596 total gr.) made a complete pass thru on a (18 7/8" Green Score Skull) "Chocolate Color Phase" - Pope & Young Black Bear at 34 yrds... quartering away.

The arrow went thru the near side rib cage and exited directly thru the opposite side blowing completely thru the far shoulder blade bone, and still managed to bury itself about 12" into the Manitoba soil!!!

The bear made it about 25yrds before expiring. Despite the penetration and bone pass thru, the minimal dings and knicks to your broadhead have already been buffed out and sharpened - ready to beam thru a whitetail this fall like a knife thru hot butter!

I feel that I need to upgrade my entire arrow package to your complete GrizzlyStik 650 system to have further success and optimum resources in the woods and upcoming 2018 Moose Hunt." Jeff Moyer

This hunt was booked through: Bowhunting Safari Consultants 

 

 


 









 


Always say a prayer and be the utmost thankful after a kill, for that animal paid the ultimate sacrifice for your hunger. - Codi Northam

Codi trusted 654 grain (all in) GrizzlyStik Momentum arrows tipped with Maasai 200 grain heads with 22% FOC for his Alaskan brown bear hunt.










Holy bear - Pastor Joe Hart trusted a 650 grain Momentum Arrow tipped with a Samurai broadhead system to get a complete pass through on his Ontario bruin.


 








“Bit of a Near Thing” At GrizzlyStik we have a solid belief that Alaska guides rank as the best in the world. Full disclosure - we are extremely biased by the fact that our founder was an Alaskan guide. This video does give strong evidence to our claim.

Even with a complete GrizzlyStk arrow pass through, the video illustrates how fast things can change when hunting dangerous game. Sometimes they just turn the wrong way.

Our deepest admiration and respect goes to Kodiak Master guide Tom Kirstein of Alaska Adventure Unlimited. That’s a big “Stop” Mr. Kirstein.




















“Beyond the tangible, the time spent on the "rock" (Kodiak) was an adventure of a lifetime. Bear hunting is predominantly a stationary game of watching life take place at a distance. An understanding of how those that inhabit this remote region depend the other, and how our human role plays in keeping it balanced and thriving without drastic swings. I do this sport knowing that. Proud to be a part of it and contributing to the survival of this conservative effort, knowing that I as a human am an important part of that balance. 

To not hunt is the same as a species going extinct. It would have a devastating impact on all other species. I find joy in what I do, but also a deep respect for the life that has been taken. That's the blessing and the curse of our humanity. Over time we have redefined what "civilized" has meant, impacting the health of many species because of that ever-changing definition. Our physiological needs and DNA have not changed with that definition. 

I love that I can see and be a part of the hunting traditions passed down since our beginnings, and the role I have in playing my part passing it on to future generations so they can enjoy these magnificent creatures with respect and pride in the hard role they play in keeping this cycle healthy. 

Thank you, Cole Kramer, Jay Beyer and Stig for your friendship, time, and sharing of your knowledge. Forever blessed and changed for the better because of your friendship. Special thanks to my hunting brother Donnie Vincent for our time in the field and your inspirational work and understanding of Who We Are.” – Kiviok Hight


















A polar bear hunt is a special hunt indeed. Few bowhunters will ever get the opportunity.

Hugues Marcotte took this beauty this past spring after hunting five days on the glacier in Grise Fiord Nunavut. He was hunting with a Elite Synergy bow set at 70# and shooting GrizzlyStik Silver Flame 100 grain broadheads.

His shot opportunity came at 35 yards. He took his shot - and was rewarded with a complete pass-through. His polar bear expired quickly. Hugues had his trophy polar bear.

Hugues has been using GrizzlyStik Silver Flame broadheads for quite some time. He has seen the impressive penetration they produce and has seen how quickly they can dispatch big game animals. That's why when it comes to his bowhunting set-up - Hugues trusts his success to GrizzlyStik Silver Flame broadheads.

Look at that broadhead - Hugues said it's like brand new - after passing through the bear!

  



 











"Morning Garrett, I finally got my brown bear in Cape Yakataga, Alaska with the GrizzlyStik Momentum 175's and Ashby broadheads.  My total arrow and broadhead weighed was 950 grains with 26% FOC.

 

The weather was very mild and the streams where full of spawning silver salmon.  The bears seemed to be more interested in berries and for over a week we didn’t spot any bears on the streams. My guide Craig Hill was surprised at the lack of bears feeding on fish.

 

On the 8th day I got my chance.  We spotted this boar “cruising” and got set up on the trail he was coming down. On a string, he walked right past us a 10 yards. I waited till the boar was slightly past me with his front leg forward and I let the arrow go.  The arrow made contact directly behind the armpit and disappeared.  As the bear spun, he came within 4 yards of us before he took off running away from us. He only traveled 40 yards and was down within a minute.

 

Upon inspection, the arrow passed thru the body cutting the top of the heart off and continued out the off side front shoulder, breaking it. I’m positive without a lighted nock, I would have never recovered the arrow. Thank you for a great product and all your advice." Corey Goss








Alaska Brown Bear with a 700 grain GrizzlyStik
Momentum arrow and Monarch 200 BH













Registered Alaskan guide and Sitka Gear spokesperson Cole Kramer recommended his client use GrizzlyStik Silver Flame broadheads to hunt this ivory claw coastal Brown Bear.
 


Kramer's Guide Service

 






"At 40 yards, the GrizzlyStik Momentum was buried to the nock. On another occasion, an arrow was released from 10 yards and was a complete pass thru; the arrow was located another 20 yards. Thank you and God Bless.

Curt Morlock












GrizzlyStik customer Brian Paul Hallberg reporting back with a Spring harvest.

 

"Thanks again guys! Theses arrows are amazing. I only hope more hunters would start shooting heavier setups. I shot this nice boar in Montana this spring. The shot was quarter and away. The arrow entered at the back of the rib cage and broke the opposite shoulder! This bear went fifteen yards and died in 10 seconds!"




 

 

  

Congratulations to Ray Muscarellae on this hefty black bear. 

"Figured I'd share a photo of a 421 lb black bear I took this year on my property in New York (Catskill mountains) using your GrizzlyStik 125gr Maasai broadhead, 350gr maxima reds with my Mathews DXT.

It was an evening hunt. I was hunting a trail that leads to one of my clover plots and he came out a half hour before dark. I took the shoat at 25yards. It was perfect heart shot, a full pass through and he only went 30-yards and fell over. I almost had the whole thing on video but my gopro battery died! The green score of the skull was 21 2/16" but I'm still waiting for the official dry measurement. Thank you - Those broadheads are the real deal!"
 Ray Muscarella

 

 


 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Michael McDonnell on his brown bear. "I took this Alaska brown bear using a GrizzlyStik Momentum 175 tapered carbon arrow with an Ashby 315 grain forged single bevel broadhead. It was a clean, pass through shot, and the bear went 22 yards and collapsed. The arrow/broadhead combination was excellent, and I appreciate all the time you spent with me on the phone to educate me on this terrific technology. I'll hunt with nothing less." Best regards, Mike

 

 


 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Paul Kamps. He shot this brown bear through the big humerus bone with a 150 grain GrizzlyStik Samurai broadhead. After splitting the bone, the arrow continued for about 15" into the chest cavity. The big brownie was down in 100 yards. Success even when hitting BIG bones is what the GrizzlyStik system is all about.  

 

 


 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Roy Mackey on his 650 Challenge Black Bear. Roy shared a bit of his story with us:

"Garrett, thought I'd send you a photo of my Alberta black bear I shot this May. Recently decided to take the 650 challenge, I've always shot a heavy arrow, but decided to take it to the next level. After reading what Ashby said about the lighter weight bows it made sense, especially for us more "mature" Bowhunters, where bow weight is a real issue.

I used the GrizzlyStik Momentum 330 shafts, total arrow weight turned out to be 665 gr. Shot was from 12 yards, arrow didn't slow down on pass through, buried up in a tree root on his opposite side.

He let out a big grunt, spun around and just looked, not knowing what had just happened. He decided something wasn't quite right and just started walking away. He made it 23 steps then collapsed.

He squared 6' 8" and green scored 18 5/16" PY, very pleased.

Thanks for a great product."
Roy Mackey

 

 


 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Joe Hurlburt.

"I shot this black bear while elk hunting near my home in Teton county, Idaho. It was a 20 yard shot with a 30" 250 Momentum arrow and a 200 grain Samurai broadhead. 650 grains total weight. It was a straight pass through the shoulder and the boar made it only 20 yards before piling up.

Thanks for the great products!"
Joe Hurlburt

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Nick Pittman on this great black bear he took with a GrizzlyStik Momentum arrow and GrizzlyStik Maasai broadhead.

"Attached is the photo of the bear and a frozen frame of the arrow as it passed through the bear - he didn't even know he was hit yet. " Nick Pittman

 

 










"Here's the gorgeous Idaho Color Phase Black Bear that I was lucky enough to connect on this week. Blonde, cinnamon, and black colors all in one bear. It was an awesome hunt and an even greater learning experience. The Mathews Monster Safari combined with the 650 grain GrizzlyStik Momentum arrow and GrizzlyStik Maasai broadhead.  worked beautifully." Jimmy Herman




 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Vorisek has nearly completed the North American Big Game Super Slam. On this hunt for polar bear and musk ox she used GrizzlyStik Momentum full length tapered arrows and GrizzlyStik Samurai broadheads.

A BIG congratulations to Anna. She shared her story with us over the phone, we will post it here soon. What an adventure!

Anna booked her hunt through Mark Buehrer of Bowhunting Safari Consultants



 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Tom Taylor just got this monster grizzly. He shared a bit of his story:

"I am speechless this may be a B&C class bear! I used a Grizzly Momentum Arrow and Samurai 200 grain Single Bevel Head. It was a marginally good shot but the combo killed him for sure. We just got back to camp - after carrying an 80 lb pack 5 miles. I'll fill you in more tomorrow, I even have live pictures of this Bear. Thanks so much for an absolutely phenomenal product." Tom Taylor

 

 


 

 

 

 

Congratulations to John Parker on this nice "Toklat" coloration Brown Bear taken with GrizzlyStik arrows. and 315 grain, forged Ashby Broadheads.

 

 


 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Olivia Gentile on this brute of a black bear taken with GrizzlyStik gear. Olivia is Derek Gentile's daughter. They worked together getting her set-up optimized and heavier for this bear hunt - looks like they came up with an effective combination.

Olivia used GrizzlyStik tapered carbon arrows and Silver Flame 125 grain GrizzlyStik broadheads.

 

 

 

 

Huntress: Olivia Gentile

Age: 18

Bow: Mission Craze

Draw Weight: 50#

Arrow: GrizzlyStik Momentum

Broadhead: Silver Flame 125gr

Total Arrow Weight: 578 grains

FOC: 19%

Arrow Speed: 142 fps

Kinetic Energy: 25.89

Momentum: .35

 

Hunt Details:
The bear was taken on the north end of Vancouver Island with Jim Shockey’s Pacific Rim Outfitters. Olivia, her father and the guide played cat and mouse with the bear for almost an hour. The big boar was following a sow that the huntress also had a close encounter with but could not get a shot. The boar was not aware that the sow had fled the area and he continued his search for his spring romance.

Olivia had a 25 yard shot in the thicket and missed after the arrow brushed against some foliage. A second shot was presented at 35 yards and Olivia’s arrow hit and passed through the meaty part of the bears upper leg but no vitals were hit. Undeterred the bear continued and with the aid of the guides grunts and breaking of sticks the bear ended up lumbering by broadside at 12 yards! The third shot was in the pocket and the arrow penetrated both lungs and buried into a rib on the opposite side of the shot.

The bear was the largest taken by the outfitter this spring and squared 7’2” with a 20 8/16” skull and an estimated weight of 475#.

 

 

 

 

Also, her father Derek Gentile witness the entire heart-pounding sequence of events and claims it was the most exciting experience of his hunting career!

 

 

See Derek Gentile's 650 Challenge story here.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

"Sending you a picture of the bear wife got on June 1. Incredible hide/color. She is using GrizzlyStik arrows. 28", 512 gr total weight. using Magnus stingers 150 gr 4 blade. 42# bow. Hit opposite shoulder at 13 yds. Only made it 60 on a hard run." Brent Watson

 

 





 


 

 

"Garrett - here is a pic of my polar bear. Used the Maasai 150 grain head and Momentum arrows. Shot him facing me - complete penetration - he went 5 feet and died in 10 seconds. Mark Buehrer, Bowhunting Safari Consultants



 

 

 


 

 

 

 

"Thanks for your support Garrett. 30yd shot the bear went 40 yards. Took him on first day with Maasai broadheads and Momentum arrows. Jay Osting, Bowhunting Safari Consultants Bowhunting Safari Consultants 



 

 

 


 

 

Just like the classic movie scene with Mr. Bear 
 

Mr. Brown strolling down the beach in range of your hide
 

~ The stuff of bowhunting dreams ~

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Santiago López trusted his Alaska Peninsula Brown Bear hunt to the GrizzlyStik system of arrow and broadheads. 

 

We built him  GrizzlyStik Momentum arrows tipped with a Maasai 200 grain broadheads.

 

The arrow weighed 650 grains and had a 24% FOC.

 

 

Complete pass through at 19 yards with the wind howling.

 

~ Dream Realized ~

 

 

 

 


 

 

 Alaska Peninsula  ~ Spot and Stalk ~ Glassing Salmon Streams 
 

Last Day ~ Raining and Blowing ~ 70 Yards Out
 

Heart Pounding

 

 

 

This is no time to second guess your arrows and broadheads.  You have to trust your equipment.

 

 

 

 

Steve Coale trusts the GrizzlyStik system - and it never lets him down.

 

 

 

 

Steve took the shot at 43 yards, the bear went only 90 yards before piling up.

His broadhead was the Samurai 125 grain single bevel - Total arrow weight with broadhead was 563 grains.

 

 


 

 

 

 

"Just wanted to say thank you for all the help you and your team provided as I prepared for my Brown Bear hunt. The Momentum 250 Grizzly Sticks and Maasai broadheads did the trick. My 30 yard shot was well placed, complete pass through double lung and he only went about 90 yards!

Also, great tips on gear. Weather was brutal and I was well prepared."
Derek Gentile

 

 


 

 

 

 

"Garrett, Attached is a pic of my boar I got lucky and killed on 10/10/2013. His hide squared out 9’3”. The good news is the 200 grain Samurai backed with a Momentum 250 shaft worked. The bad news is I never found it after a complete pass through on a quartering toward me shot at 15 yards and closing as the boar had locked in on me kneeling down and was coming to check me out. He had a 20 mph wind at his back so he couldn’t smell me.

Steve got one also, but I have not seen it – I’m sure he will be sending pictures to you also. Steve got his on 10/09 pm – the first bear ever taken in their camp with archery equipment since it opened in 1964, mine was the 2nd the next morning.

Thank you, visit soon  and as always good hunting."
  Rob Neilson

 

 


 

 

 

 

"Garrett, you helped one month ago when my Bow String shattered on my HOYT, I was the guy headed up to Alaska Griz hunting with Stan Parkerson @ Denali hunts! I did get myself a grizzly. The bear squared out at about 7'8 and 22 5/8" green score skull size, the hunt was unbelievable.

I also did get to see 1 of his moose hunt camps, 1 hunter missed the boat on a 10 yard opportunity at a 55" bull, a 2nd hunter that I met when I was leaving also shot a 54 " bull on the 1st morning of his 1st day moose hunting at less than 30 yards,,,, so yeah your moose hunting trip should be great next year.

Stan's a great guy and really knows his stuff when it comes to hunting ( ask to see his BROWN BEAR mount when you get there and then ask him to tell you his story ) flat out unreal! I'll send 1 more pic, unfortunately the bear I shot did suffer some damage while being eaten a bit when we had to leave him out over night after I shot him."
Steve Rucinski

 

 


 

 

 

 

"Hi Garrett. Home from AK - took a good interior black bear and a chocolate with the Samurai's. Thought I'd send you picture of the blackie. The Chocolate one was just a bloody mess! 2 guys in camp with me will be ordering heads soon! Thanks for everything." Mark Buehrer, Bowhunting Safari Consultants 



 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured is a black bear I killed deep in the Idaho backcountry. I shot this boar at ground-level out of his bed 22 yards away. The arrow passed through the chest cavity, then the offside leg curled up next to him, then took a quarter inch deep chunk out of the boulder behind him. The bear traveled exactly 17 yards before it expired. The broadhead was still straight and intact, though the ferrule was slightly bent and it hit hard enough to break the nock out of the back of the arrow. After the hunt I pushed in a new nock and screwed on a fresh broadhead, the arrow spun perfectly and shot as good as new.

Equipment used:
200 grain Maasai Broadhead
GrizzlyStik Momentum Shafts
4 low profile 2.5" vanes with arrow wraps
80# Bowtech Insanity CPX

Jeremy Johnson - Bowtech Prostaff

 

 


 

 




 

 

 

 

Congratulations to bow hunter Michael Freeburg on his brown bear. Hunt was in SE Alaska and Michael got a one shoot kill at 20 yards with a GrizzlyStik Momentum tipped with a Maasai 200 grain broadhead. For the record, he enjoyed some good fishing as well... :)

  

 


 

 

 

  

Well the hunting Gods have been smiling on me this season!  I've always wanted a color phase bear and boy was that wish delivered this year!  I shot the old, regressed boar about 5 miles back into the wilderness.  He squared 6' 3" with a 20 inch skull.  My pack coming out was loaded at 117 lbs--definitely sacked out my suspension!
 

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"Ed/Garrett - I use the 125 grain Samurai and I just returned from hunting in MT, TX and NM over the past month and got a nice elk and black bear while my wife got a whitetail. I got full penetration on my elk and a shattered rib on entry and a splintered rib on the exit side and bear was a complete pass through. The top broadhead in the pic was from the bear and the bottom from the elk. Elk and bear pics are attached also. " Rob Neilson

 

 


 

 

  

 



 

"Ed Garrett and Todd,

As you know I'll be doing archery hunts here in WY and in New Mexico this September and again will insist my guys use your broadheads. All my hunters have been privy to the remarkable success we've experienced since I "stumbled" onto your company just 3 seasons back. I have been doing this a longgg time and i know stuff can and does go wrong from time to time BUT I and sooo thrilled at the OBVIOUS difference your equipment has made on my/ our hunts. Veryyyyyyy cool for me and all of us!

My apology for the delay in getting this story and photos to you. Here's Rode Walker's hunt and pics from his 2011 bear hunt:

“The Quest for ULTIMATE PERFORMANCE - Rode Walker takes his archery gear to the next level and achieves continued success with Alaska Bowhunting Supply in 2011!”

By now you’re quite familiar with my good friend Rode Walker (A.K.A “Bonehead” on your Single Bevel Broadhead page). Rode, being my 1st friend and hunter to use your equipment was successful in 2009 & 2010 in taking 2 very nice bull elk with me in Wyoming with the use of your Maasai broadheads (both hunts featured on your Field Photos- Big Big Game page). I have begun encouraging Rode and many other hunters who now use your broadheads to increase their overall arrow weight and FOC. One might beg the question, “If hunters like Rode have been consistently effective with their set-up, why mess with success?”

The answer: When we don’t make the perfect shot and still recover game!

“I took this black bear in Saskatchewan, Canada May 31, 2011 at 23 yards using a heavier set-up than I had used on my 2009 and 2010 bull elk hunts. This go ‘round I deployed a Maasai 125 tipped GrizzlyStik Arrows, versus the 100 grain Maasai and skinny/ lighter shafts I used on my past 2 elk hunts (successfully, I might add!) and am glad I did. The heavier combo broke the bruin’s back instantly dropping him in his tracks AND was sticking out 8 inches on the exit side! A good example of when we don’t make the perfect shot and still recover game. Thanks guys for helping me with this AWESOME new combination!” Rode Walker-Fredericksburg, TX

So there you go. Another tremendous hunt, clean kill and an extremely pleased hunter. Thank you AGAIN and AGAIN for providing me, my friends and hunting clients with the best archery equipment on the planet! (And check it out: Rode is taking it yet another step further by ordering your new Momentum Arrows. One smart dude that Mr. Walker! You can anticipate more stories of bowhunting success from our campfire.)"
Mark James PHG, Professional Hunter-Guide & Sculptor

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Schlief, I hope you had a great Spring Bear hunt as for the pictures you can see I had a great one! The arrows worked great, thank you for producing such a great product. I had a complete pass thru and had enough to almost pass thru an old stump at the same time on the other side of the bear, Great Arrows! Ray Reno

 

 

 


 

  

 

 

We arrived in Plaster Rock New Brunswick Canada on Sunday to check in at the lodge at Lawrence Dyer and Son’s Outfitting Service with Danny Dyer as our host. After the usual exchange of greeting to the host as well as the other guests it was time to prepare for the upcoming hunt which starts on Monday. We all spent our share of time on the range getting everything right after the trip to camp.

www.dyeroutfitters.com

 

At the range the discussion was about the GrizzlyStik arrows and the Ashby 315. I referred to the article “Speed Kills” on the GrizzlyStik website. The other hunters were amazed at the performance and un-noticeable difference in speed of the arrow. We in fact did an experiment. We set my Nikon D80 ISO Sensitivity up to 1600 to attempt to capture the arrow at release. We could not get it done. Shooting the Mathews Drenalin set @ 70# we could not capture the arrow at release. I also stager my Fusion vanes on the white wrap to create the illusion of length without weight and it aids in fighting the wind because they are still just 2” long.

 

Monday, first day of the hunt. I spent my first day on stand and was pleasantly surprised to have an almost constant steam of bears coming to the bait. Though they were the same three yearling bears it was constant. I did not see any shooter bears this first evening but I was satisfied with the evenings hunt. Dusk turned to darkness and Todd Daye my guide was there to pick me up promptly at 1010 PM UDT. Tuesdays hunt was similar to Mondays with a few exceptions. The bears were bigger and they stayed on the bait longer. From about 6 PM until 945 PM it was constant again with bears being bears. At approximately 940-950 PM by my watch a very large bear entered the bait area. The following is the account of what happened next. I shot the bear on Tuesday evening at dusk with my Mathews Drenalin Bow, Alaska Bowhunters Supply GrizzlyStiks Safari arrows and the Ashby 315 SS Broad Heads. I waited as long as I could for the bear to turn broadside. The Bear was facing me quartering slightly to the right. I had to make a decision as the light was fading fast. Since I practice this shot at home on my range I did not find this one bit troubling. I let the 700 + gr arrow and broadhead fly with confidence and hit my mark.

 

Upon being shot the bear launched himself straight up in the air flat out twisting in the air and landing on his back. He laid there for a few seconds moaning and growling. I thought the hunt was over and he died on the spot. I was wrong.

 

The bear got up and as best he could make into the brush. The thrashing around went on for about three minutes and stopped except for the growling. At approximately 10:15 PM UDT Todd arrived and I instructed him to stop at my stand and not to proceed towards the bait area. I reattached my release to the string of my bow and handed it down to Todd. We found the bear’s blood trail and back out deciding it was too risky to pursue this further since we did not hear a death moan and we had only a flashlight and a head light. The next morning Todd and I headed back out at dawn to close this deal. We arrived on site at 0630 and started the hunt. We found the blood from the night before easily and from there it just got better so we thought. We found massive amounts of blood on the trail and into the woods. Then we found where the arrow had been pushed out by the bear. This is when the blood trail almost stopped and we had to shift tracking strategies.
We started following drag marks left by the bear and spotty blood. I would mark the blood and Todd would move forward to find the next along with the drag marks. Finally after an hour of this Todd caught up with the bear. Todd called to me a with the news and I asked the usual hunter question, “is it big” he replied it was and HE IS STILL ALIVE! The bear was a little pissy at this point and what we realized was the reason the blood trail was so good was because we were bumping this bear up the trail. When the bear discovered we were there he sunk his claws into the bark of a tree to pull him past and peeled the bark off 10 feet up the tree. I unsheathed my knife and handed it to Todd to go finish the deal and he looked at me like I had a fish stapled to my forehead. I put the knife away.

 

With the amount of sign we found the night before I left my bow in the truck thinking this was “just” a recovery, TIP, don’t ever do that. So, as Todd went back to the truck to get the bow I stood watch over what I thought was the bear. In actuality the bear had dragged himself away and was not where I last saw him. During my time being fooled by the bear I did hear cracking branches off to my left which turn out to be a relevant clue later. Todd returns with my bow and as I a preparing to dispatch the bear I realize my Tru Ball Boss X release is not hanging on my string where I always leave it. It had fallen from the string after Todd laid my bow down when I handed it to him the evening before. Lucky for me I carry a back up in my pack and was now prepared for the kill. As I walked to my right to get a better look at my quarry I quickly realize he has left me behind with my "bow" in my hand.

 

Todd and I re-group and start the search again. I told him about the noise I heard and he headed that way and quickly picked up the trail again. This time the bear went to even greater lengths to prolong his life. He dragged himself over deadfall, thru mush and mud. To top it off the bear crossed a rapidly flowing deep creek. Todd my expert guide and tracker soon hunted him down and I arrive on the scene to close the deal again. At approximately 15 Feet, I release my next Grizzly Stik, this is a total pass thru from the back of the ribcage and out his shoulder. This really angered him and he started too turned on me and settle this man to beast. As he turned I drew back the second/third Grizzly Stik and double lunged him. Still not good enough for this bear, though dying this most noble creature fought to his 7th death moan to survive. I have the greatest respect for that bear and his will to live.

 

After all that we had the pleasure of dragging the 400#+- bear back to where this started. We physically dragged him approximately 70 yards. Todd went back to the truck again and brought down the 4 wheeler, making new paths through previously uncharted territory to get as close as possible. After an another hour of tugging and finally loading the bear we headed back to camp, Drenched with sweat and the water from the stream we had to cross twice we got the bear back to the lodge for some good old fashioned bragging time. Mark Hoover

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

Avid BIG game bowhunter Jose Lopez harvested a beautiful polar bear. This is quite a trophy for a bowhunter...

"The temp. was -30C and there was a light wind, the shot was only 15.8 meters. Bow 80 pounds, arrow 950 gr GrizzlyStik Momentum and Ashby broadhead. The arrow penetration was very good. It was completely pierced by the arrow. The bear after impact, just did 3 or 4 steps, and felt down and died in 10 seconds. Size was 9’1 feet nose to tail. Once opened, we saw that the arrow cut both lungs and rib on entry and another when exit." Jose Lopez

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

"Ed I am going to send you some pictures of my 2009 moose and bear hunt in Alberta this fall. I would like to thank you for your kind service and advice on your products. I have been hunting with a long bow for over 24 years. Over the years I have evolved my arrows to a weight forward design. This was always some what difficult do to and achieve consistent arrow flight. I have to tell you that what you guys have done with your arrows and broad heads is amazing. I have never seen an arrow perform as well as the ones you built for me. I was using your Alaskan arrows tipped with 290 gr. Nanook broad heads. Arrows were cut at 30 inches total arrow weight was about 730 gr.. The moose I shoot was at 16 yards. broad side the arrow went through booth lungs and stuck ten inches in the ground ten yards on the other side of the moose. The moose traveled 40 yards and died in less than 30 sec. On the same day that evening I took a beautiful chocolate black bear 6.5 ft. at twenty yards one shot forward and high was the shot. The bear dropped in his tracks the arrow went thru his shoulder blade, vertebrae, and opposite shoulder blade stopping just under the skin. My guide was in shock at the destruction the arrow did to the bones. Looked like you had shot him with a 338 mag. Thank you" Dennis Johnson

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 Here's a nice photo of an inland grizzly bear harvested in the fall of 2007 by Jeff Baumgartner. Green score was 24 ½. The bear was harvested in British Columbia with traditional archery equipment and a Silver Flame broadhead. 

 


  

  

 

 

"Garrett, Just wanted to drop you a THANK YOU!!!! Rex Dacus and I both where successful on our Brown Bear hunt last week on the penisula! I took a 9 1/2 footer and Rex took one over 9 foot as well! The GrizzlyStik Arrows awesome in the harsh conditions. We had over 12 inches of rain the first 4 days of the hunt and your fletching held up perfectly. We both took our bears with traditional bows between 20 and 25 yards in pouring rain and 50 mph winds. The heavy arrows flew true and did the trick! We could not have been more pleased with your products! Thanks
Trey Hallmark

 

 


 

 

 

 

"Here's a pic of the bear I got Thursday night in the Kenai Mountains at 12 paces with a GrizzlyStik arrow and 200 grain Samurai. Not a big one but ok sized. I told the story on tradgang. I have the St Judes left-handed bow (Faith) for the month of August, they auction the both bows off in June I think, after a differnet hunter has it each month for most of a year. The money goes to St Judes Childrens Hospital. Sounds like you've gotten out on the water quite a bit, just a few times for me, but I'll likely get out a few more in August."
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"Here’s a picture of a black bear I took this fall from the Oregon coast. The shot was from four yards on the ground; the arrow went in through the top of the sternum, broke through the spine and stuck out the back several inches. Used a Samurai-tipped arrow from a 60 pound blacktail bow. No damage to broadhead, still sharp." Thanks, Mark Stevens

 

 


  

 

 

Here's a real nice bear taken by Clint Baird with a GrizzlyStik arrow and a Zwickey Delta 2-blade. The arrow combination weighed 830 grains and the longbow was 71#.

"The shot was at 17 yards. The bear was angling towards me. The arrow hit tight behind the left shoulder, and exited the back part of the right side, then went 10" in the ground. The bear only went approx. 35 yards and was down. I used wild turkey feathers that I cut and ground down on the Safari shaft. Oh, and I was using your Super Glove. The Super Glove and the Down Under Gloves are the only gloves I will use. Thanks for a great product." Clint Baird

 

 


 

 

 

Here's Tim McKinley and a black bear he took at 6pm Saturday September 19th at 12 yards. He had missed this same bear the Saturday before but this time his GrizzlyStik arrows and Silver Flame broadheads flew true to their mark.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Here is some Picture of my Bear-
 
205 lbs Field Dressed-Approx 240-250 lbs live weight
Bruin Recurve-56 lbs
11 yards
 
I had complete penetration with an GrizzlyStik arrow.Total Grain Weight 630.   My friend Mike Steliga of Bruin Custom Recurves video taped the hunt.  Bear went 70 yards.
 
Bill Pfingsten