Alaskan Woman Bags Over 460-Inch Caribou Bull Months After Near-Fatal Brown Bear Attack

by Courtney Blackann

Hunting is a dangerous sport. Especially when done solo. The careful measures a hunter has to go through in order to snag a large animal takes time, precision and knowledge. No one understands this better than Tana Grenda, a local Alaskan woman.

Grenda recently snagged an amazing bull caribou. Her hunt was long and tiresome, but the reward was gargantuan. The bull was over 460 inches – much larger than her previous bull, according to reporting from Field and Stream.

When she set out on the massive hunt, Grenda had a plan to “to get a bull down, fill my tag, get some meat, and get home to my family in one piece.” However, she had a few glitches along the way.

Hunting with both her bow and rifle, the woman tracked the animal for several days. When she spotted her chance, the weather conditions weren’t altogether ideal. The wind was blowing a good 20 to 30 miles per hour. The animal was near a lake and Grenda saw her opportunity.

However, the wind shifted and the animal sensed it. The giant bull ran. With Grenda on his trail she belly-crawled in on the beast. Realizing her bow wouldn’t be the right tool, she trekked back for her rifle and took her shot – hitting the caribou and landing her prized kill.

“I didn’t think I would ever get a bigger bull than my other caribou—but I just did. And I did it solo,” wrote Grenda in an Instagram post. “It’s hard to put into words what this hunt meant to me.”

Woman Narrowly Escapes a Brown Bear Attack

The hunt was even more notable because Grenda nearly escaped a brown bear attack previously. Earlier in the year, the woman was hunting with her brother when a giant brown bear charged her. It happened after her brother shot the animal, but then his gun jammed. The bear responded by running towards Grenda, ready to attack.

Narrowly escaping, the two were able to shoot the animal, saving their lives.

“Four months after a bear attack I would not have seen myself being dropped off alone in the wilderness,” she wrote. “I may consistently kill year after year, but none of it would be possible without my right-hand man Adam, answers to prayer, and the people back home who help watch over my kids while I’m gone.”

Bears have been known to wander into hunters and hikers camps, especially this summer. The animals usually come in search of food or other items. The curious animals generally don’t mean any harm, however, several have been put in critical condition after a vicious attack.

Officials warn hikers and hunters alike about the dangers of bears. While trekking into bear territory, it is best to carry bear spray and take careful measures about where food is left.