With this sport, uncertainty is the only constant, and what the chase will bring is always a mystery. On one hunt, a big old boar refused to tree, preferring instead to back up to a ledge and fight it out on the ground. He was doing a good job of winning the battle, too, which was causing no small amount of concern to the owner of the dogs. So the owner waded in to pry a dog or two off the bear. He figured he could open a close-quarters "shooting lane," allowing him to kill the bear with his .44 Mag. handgun. The bear didn't think much of the plan and showed his disdain by swatting the hunter with a paw, sending the man sprawling on his back. As the hunter tried to wrestle the pistol out of his holster, the bear closed in. Reflexively, the man kicked the bear, even as he pointed the gun and pulled the trigger.