A Montana Pheasant Opener: ****_Birds, Hunting Buddies, and a Bear
_It was a fine pheasant hunting opener, October 15, 2007. Brian Grand, 39, a carpenter from Missoula, and three friends hunted the rolling wheat fields and creek bottoms west of Valier, Montana. They knocked down a few birds in the morning, had a nice lunch, then began hunting back toward their trucks. Grand entered a thick, brushy creek bottom, heard some rustling but figured it was deer. A moment later, he spotted the grizzly bear, just 30 feet away.