By Jackson Schmidtke
Barron County (WQOW) - Sometimes when you go hunting you come across animals you're not looking to hunt. A Barron County grouse hunter's encounter on Saturday put him and his dog in the hospital.
"It was a spot where he would have never seen this bear laying on the ground," said DNR Conservation Warden Phillip Dorn.
Phil Anderson was hunting ruffed grouse at the Loon Lake Wildlife Area when he heard branches cracking. He thought it was a deer but it turned out to be a black bear.
"I heard my dog squealing in distress and I kind of figured out what was happening," Anderson said.
Anderson's dog had encountered a mother bear and her cubs in Barron county.
"I yelled for the dog and immediately the adult bear came from that direction and charged at me and knocked me on my back," said Anderson "She batted me a few times and shook me and then she went back to my dog."
After regaining his feet, Anderson yelled at the bear hoping to scare it. The bear left the dog and charged Anderson again. This time Anderson was prepared and was able to shoot the bear point blank in the face with birdshot, a lightweight ammo that typically would not down a bear.
"Birdshot doesn't really penetrate that well from distances," said Dorn "but this was very close range. Probably within three feet."
The 275-pound bear died instantly.