Glock-ing for Bears! My first season chasing Black Bear with my Glock 20.

27 Aug

Bear Medicine: My film dipped, Lone Wolf built, Glock 20SF 10MM. If you are planning on doing a similar build up using components from Lone Wolf Distributors; be sure to use promo code:” backtrail” when you order! Just trying to hook my Back Trail fans up!

As every year comes and goes, a lot of changes may take place….but one thing stays the same: I dream about the month of September all year long. Usually this time of year, all I can think about is chasing rutting, Bull Elk with my bow and everything else that goes along with the preparation. But this year is slightly different.A couple of months ago, I was at work discussing some marketing campaigns and strategies with our Marketing guy, Zack. I work for Lone Wolf Distributors; which most would consider the “King of the hill” when it comes to anything having to do with the Glock pistol. It’s been in my mind for a while now, to help push us into the Hunting/outdoor market, instead of just catering to the competition/Law Enforcement venue that we’re known for. After all, according to the CEO of the company, JR Shepard…that was the whole reason Lone Wolf was founded: to fuel his passion for hunting and fishing! So why not? One model of Glock in particular; the Glock 20, chambered in 10MM has long been regarded in some circles as an ample hunting sidearm. I’ve been a long fan of the 10MM cartridge and know good and well what it is capable of. I’m never found very far away from my G20 and Lone Wolf offers quite a few performance upgrades that turn it into a hunting beast. So…an idea was hatched. I had already made claim to be the one with the first known kill, using our 9G AR carbine (now called the “G9” last year while in Texas, when I took a very nice hawg from the ground. But that was not enough! I wanted to whack something with my Glock 20 and I wanted to very badly.

So, what could I set out after, hunting with my Glock?….The first thing that came to mind, was a picture a customer of mine sent me last year. It was of a huge Alaskan Black Bear that he had leveled with his Glock 20, which (of course)  had been pimped with our long slide and 6″ barrel. Plenty of bear medicine!

I always have a bear tag in my pocket; however I’ve never just set out after bear as a species. Bear have always been a secondary to the Elk and Deer I love to chase during the archery seasons. I gave up rifle hunting almost 10 years ago and it was hard to leave my bows at home; but I knew what I had to do. This is my last year hunting as a WA resident; but luckily the unit only minutes from home, opened to bear just a couple of weeks ago. I knew going into the month of August, that I’d have only a couple of weeks to dedicate to bear hunting, before the madness of September set in. Since then, I’ve already been out a few times; but so far not so much as a decent look at a bear.

The mild winter and relatively short summer has left the woods around here still very lush and green. The berry patches are six-foot tall and very abundant; this leads to a food situation akin to an “all you can eat buffet” for  bears! The trick is finding “the right berry patch” and being at the right place at the right time. I’ll be out until the end of the month, busting brush and Glock-ing for bears! Expect to see more of my bear season…hopefully the next title will be: “Bear down!” Some info on my setup:Glock 20SF: film dipped in Mothwing Woodland Mimicry 1.0, Long slide and 6″ barrel by Lone Wolf Distributors, trigger job (3.5# connector, 6# trigger spring, skeletonized striker and polish job.) LWD stainless steel guide rod and 20# ISMI recoil spring. Ameriglo “Hackathorne” sights.

Ammo: Double Tap Ammo: 180 gr. CXHP and 200 gr. FMJ.

*Make sure to read “Glocking For Bears: part II“…I finally am able to put my Glock 20 to the test.


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8 Responses to “Glock-ing for Bears! My first season chasing Black Bear with my Glock 20.”

  1. rockymountainathlete August 28, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    Hey that’s a great story Luke. I hope you get your Bear with your Glock! Good Luck!

    • Luke Johnson August 28, 2011 at 4:23 am #

      Hey, thanks guys! Yeah, it’s going to be tough…it has been! I have just a little more time before september; but I will still be quick to let the hammer down on a bruin while chasing elk or deer…given the chance. 🙂

      • Tyler May 4, 2013 at 8:15 am #

        Did you ever bag a bear with your glock 20?

      • Luke Johnson May 8, 2013 at 6:26 am #

        Hey Tyler! No bears have been bagged as of yet, but my Glock 20 goes with me anytime I enter the woods. I’m hopeful to get it done this season and you can bet that you’ll see something here if I do!

  2. Jacob Zirkle October 12, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    What holster is that your using for your glock 20

    • Luke Johnson October 14, 2014 at 2:33 am #

      Jacob; that is a custom built chest rig by Survival Sheath Systems. I had searched high and low and finally found the perfect solution. Just an awesome design and well built. Check them out and tell Robert that I sent you!

  3. Dave Wallace February 23, 2016 at 3:57 am #

    Great story and thanks for the discount code!

    • Luke Johnson March 7, 2016 at 4:39 am #

      Hey Dave! Glad you enjoyed and I appreciate the support!

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