Having the right equipment and understanding anatomy are the first steps in being ready to sling a sharp stick at these big bears. The final step is being able to put your arrow where it needs to go at the moment of truth. Being within bow range of a giant bear is intense. Buck fever is nothing like this, and you need to be able to focus through your excitement and make a good shot. Practice is key, but practice in situations that introduce stress. Shooting in 3D competitions is a great way to kick your brain into high gear while learning to tame your emotions at the same time. The vast majority of the time, grizzlies do not charge after a good shot. If they do charge, though, you need to be prepared to deal with it. Because their speed is hard to exaggerate, you need to be completely focused. A double-lunged grizzly will usually be dead within 50 yards or so, but a poorly placed shot can be disastrous. If you’re shooting the right setup, and ice runs through your veins, you are probably ready for the challenge. But keep practicing, because that one shot will make the difference between a dream trip of a lifetime and a potential nightmare.