Want to kick off your weekend with a hair-raising outdoors tale about a death-defying bear encounter?
Be sure to read the latest blog post on TroutHunt.com, where Jon Stiehl recalls their run-in with a bear that sent Trouthunter Fly Shop owner Richard Paini to the hospital with a broken arm and mangled hand - the latest in a string of fateful bear encounters out West over the past few months.
Paini's group stumbled upon the bear while elk hunting in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.
"Rich had managed to stick up his right arm for the bear to chew on as he pushed the bear away with his left hand," Stiehl writes, "both of them crashing to the ground about 30 feet away. It looked like a hit from an NFL Linebacker."
Now if that doesn't make you take all necessary precautions when heading out into bear country, I don't know what will.
Here are some additional tips to consider if you encounter a bear in the wild.