My nephew Danny and I had explored the area on a previous Moose hunt, and saw an immense amount of bear scat and partially eaten salmon all over the area.
They said a prayer, then followed the blood trail into the thick woods. The blood trail led them in a circle until they found the dead bear only about 25 feet from where they shot it. The bear was trying to circle around, and get them from behind.
It had a previous bullet hole in it's ear. Sterling's bullet did not even penetrate the bear's skull. It travelled around the skull, under the bear's muscles, and then entered the bear's abdomen, and penetrated it's vital organs.
They followed Alaska law, and cut off the bear's skin, head, and paws, which they brought to the nearest Fish and Game office. The people there were already familiar with that particular bear, and said that it had mauled some hunters the previous year. It stood 9 ft tall, and weighed 700 lbs. They got no Moose that year.
More to come from the Kenai soon. This time it will be a happier subject matter.