What knife would you use to kill a bear?

Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by olivernadams, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. olivernadams


    Feb 28, 2009
    I just got done reading the following articles and was wondering, what one knife would you want to have if you had to try and kill a bear with it?

    Man Kills Grizzly Bear With Knife
    August 26th, 2007 NewsEngine Posted in Wild Animal News |
    Chris McLellan, 32, said “I was just at the wrong place at the wrong time,” while speaking from a hospital bed in Edmonton.

    McLellan, had recently moved from Nova Scotia to Alberta three days earlier and was scouting locations for the start of bow-hunting season south of Grande Prairie when the grizzly bear attacked.

    Just after sunset, he ran into a mother grizzly with three cubs. At first, the bear was concealed by a small hill and McLellan didn’t see it until it stood up.

    “She was attacking,” he said. “She just stared into my eyes the whole time and you could just hear her coming, huffing and puffing across that field.”

    McLellan, armed with a digital camera and hunting knife, quickly grabbed the camera, hoping its flash would scare away the grizzly. When the flash wouldn’t go off, he dropped the camera and pulled out the hunting knife.

    “I put my knife above my head and waited for her to hit me,” he said. “She just mowed into me like a football player doing the old shoulder check.”

    The bear lunged into McLellan’s stomach and bit down on his left arm. As the two struggled, McLellan plunged his knife into the bear’s back.

    “I sunk the knife right to the end and instantly I could still see the blood spraying,” he said. “I must have hit an artery because I was covered head to toe with warmth instantly.”

    As the bear continued to bite McLellan he was able to stab the bear two more times in the neck area.

    The grizzly turned around and left, giving McLellan time to get up and walk away. After an investigation of the scene it became evident that McLellan had indeed struck an artery in the bear which died of consequential wounds.

    AND this one

    55 Year Old Ontario Man Kills Bear With Knife
    Black Bear, Human Predation, Natural History, The Right Stuff

    Tom Tilley and Sam the dog

    Reading of the death of Dr. Jacqueline Perry, last September, in a bear attack, Waterloo, Ontario resident Tom Tilley resolved to arm himself with a six inch hunting knife. Perry’s husband had tried unsuccessfully to drive off the bear which was attacking his wife, futilely stabbing at it with a Swiss Army knife.

    (Since this was Canada, nobody even thought of carrying a gun.)

    Tilley’s decision to carry the knife proved providential. Last week, during a 12-day canoe trip, Tilley found himself being stalked by an aggressive black bear near Abbey Lake (in the vicinity of Wawa, Ontario)

    When the bear blocked Tilley’s path, and began advancing menacingly, Sam, his Staffordshire terrier, came out from behind his master, and placed himself between Tilley and the bear.

    The bear grabbed the dog in his jaws, but thinking to himself “’You’re not going to kill my dog,” the horrified Tilley drew his knife, and advanced to the attack. Tilley leaped onto the bear’s back, and began stabbing. Though bitten on the hand, Tom Tilley killed that bear.

    The wounded man was able to drag his canoe over a short portage and crossed a nearby lake where he was able to find some American campers equipped with a satellite phone. They summoned a float plane for an emergency medical evacuation.

    Kitchener-Waterloo Record

    Jacqueline Perry attack

    Wikipedia has a incomplete list of fatal North American bear attacks. There have been a dozen people killed by black bears since the year 2000.

    P.S. The knives I would choose from would be a Matt Lamey Bowie, Burt Foster Camp knife, or maybe a Mineral Mountain Survival Bowie
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2009
  2. Ankerson

    Ankerson Knife and Computer Geek Platinum Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    When I am out in the woods I carry a large (9" +) fixed blade so any of mine would do.
  3. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    A huge knife, preferraply sharp and pointy.

    I was going to answer ka-bar, but that would have been lame. Oh, I just said it.
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  4. JD Mandrell

    JD Mandrell Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 20, 2001
    A Buck 301 stockman.........duct taped on the end of a .300 Win Mag. :D
  5. jill jackson

    jill jackson

    Sep 5, 2006
    While it's been done before, I'd say killing a bear with a knife would depend a lot on sheer determination and a lot of luck.
    Probably a very important point would be the handle. If you didn't have a secure grip, you'd be apt to lose your knife, while in combat with such a powerful animal.
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  6. wongKI


    Jul 9, 2009
    Ballistic knife. With loads of spare blades.
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  7. Biginboca


    Mar 17, 1999
    Rat Izula or Case Stockman.

    I want to give the bear a fair chance...
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  8. stefan_wolf_ss


    Jul 29, 2009
    9,3x62 or .338win :D
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  9. stoffi


    Jan 14, 2008
    Succeeding in killing a bear with a knife is as likely as winning the lottery; but if I had to defend myself against a bear with an edged weapon I'd probably want a spear or a Katana.
  10. beluga


    Nov 17, 2001
    Kershaw Chive :D

    All kidding aside, probably the biggest baddest bowie out there. Something in the vicinity of Moran's ST24 fighter (I reckon I might not be alive after fighting a bear with a knife, I might as well use the best one money can buy)
  11. cutter17


    May 16, 2006
    How about the WASP CO2 injector knife? Instant bear balloon?:D
  12. Roger999


    Mar 22, 2008
    If I knew there were grizzly bears in the area I wouldn't be carrying a knife to defend myself from them.........unless I want to win the 2009 Darwin award.
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  13. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    One that was dull and kind of rounded so it wouldnt hurt so bad when he shoved it up my a$$!:eek:--KV
  14. moonwilson


    Aug 10, 2006
    Well, everyone knows that all bears are left-handed, and always lead with a left hook. That's knowledge I would use to my advantage, to deftly dodge the bear's clumsy attack and sink my Mora Clipper deep into the beast's throat.
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  15. JTR357


    Sep 10, 2007

    Seriously,If all I had was an edged weapon,it would have to be either a large/long,sword or a spear.....the longer,the better.

    oh yea & some bearspray
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  16. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    Not cool for General Knife Discussion, KV.

    How about I move this incisive debate on premium cutlery to a more appropriate forum? Wait, I don't think we have a more appropriate forum. I would hate to pollute W&SS with it.

    You all behave or I will clean up your act.
  17. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    A really big spear. I wouldn't want to get any closer to the bear than I had to. :)
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  18. kvaughn

    kvaughn Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    My bad Esav. Wont happen again but I couldnt resist that one and didnt think it would offend:eek:--KV
  19. mgordon


    Sep 4, 2009
    .45 or 30-06 if all i had was a knife it would be a foot race!

  20. Hitthespot


    Mar 2, 2008
    A Bear! :eek:

    Nothing less than a Samuari Sword! :D

    I've read stories of Bears being shot 14 times with a 44 magnum before going down. I don't think your odds are too good with a knife. imho.


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