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http://www.americanhunter.org/articles/2015/9/30/worldwide-exclusive-wisconsin-deer-hunter-fends-off-wolves-with-walther-pk-380/

On Sept. 23, Matthew Nellessen of Friendship, Wisc., an avid deer hunter and former U.S. Army sergeant who served with the 961st Engineers in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, was scouting a potential hunting area in theColburn Wildlife Management Area of Adams County when he locked eyes with a wolf only 30 yards away. Acting on instinct he gained from military service, Nellessen immediately pulled his sidearm, a Walther PK .380, and chambered a round.

That's when things went from bad to worse. As he racked the slide, Nellessen noticed two more wolves approaching from the left.

"It all happened so fast," said Nellessen. "It was maybe 3-4 seconds and the wolves were on me."

The first wolf came in from the right, mouth open, fangs ready to rip into Nellesen's leg. A swift kick from the man's boot landed square on the wolf's face and deflected the bite.

"That first wolf missed my leg by 8-10 inches," he said.

The other two wolves weren't far behind. As the next wolf leapt toward Nellessen, the man jumped back and was able to fire a single round into the animal. Nellessen was unsure of the lethality of the hit, but two wolves immediately retreated for the bush at the sound of the gunshot and the third limped away "like a gut-shot deer," said Nellessen.

Though shaken, Nellessen, realizing he had not been injured in the ordeal, made a hasty, yet calculated retreat to his truck, he said, "clearing every bush and tree along the way with my .380." Reaching a point roughly 600 yards from the truck, Nellessen breathed a small sigh of relief, phoned his wife and informed her of the ordeal.

"I thought, if the wolves were still following me," said Nellessen, "I ought to give her an idea of where I'm at."

Once home, he called the Wisconsin DNR.

The following day, with biologists from the Wisconsin DNR and U.S.D.A. Wildlife Services in tow, Nellessen returned to the scene of the attack, hoping to find a dead wolf. At press time no wolf had been found, but Nellessen said the group did find lots of wolf sign, and a blood trail that ended after roughly 150 yards.

Nellessen is an avid outdoorsman.

Despite his encounter, Nellesen said, "I don't blame the wolves." He surmised that the perfect wind for scouting also turned out to be the perfect wind for unintentionally bumping into the wolves in what he described as "their living room."

Nellessen attributes his ability to survive the encounter to his military experience and the small sidearm he carried with him that day.

"I'd be dead without my military experience," he said. "A single bullet saved my life … a .380 FMJ."

Phone calls and emails to the Wisconsin DNR confirm: "The Wisconsin DNR along with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are currently investigating a report of a wolf interaction on or about that date. That's all we can say since there is an ongoing investigation."

Matthew Nellessen, who says he is now "In the market for a bigger gun," renewed his NRA membership four days ago.

Nellessen credits his escape to his military training.
 

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He's very lucky from not being bit, any trained civilian would carry a round in the chamber. I don't know his military training has him carry with an empty chamber.
All his military training tought him to use a fmj round and potent .380 Kurz!
A full size Glock 10 mm is what he needed to carry with him loaded with powerful 200 grain Buffalo Boar!!!
 

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He did make the choice to carry a Walther .380 over an AK.
 
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I wonder how that would have played out in NY (carrying a sidearm while not in rifle season)? Probably DEC revoke his hunting license, PLB revoking his pistol license and unsafe act removing any and all "registered assault rifles" if he had any....all for trying to protect yourself SMH
 

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Wolves attacking humans are very unusual in North America. I wonder if they were starved or rabid.
 

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I wonder how that would have played out in NY (carrying a sidearm while not in rifle season)? Probably DEC revoke his hunting license, PLB revoking his pistol license and unsafe act removing any and all "registered assault rifles" if he had any....all for trying to protect yourself SMH
I believe he was scouting and not actually hunting. If in NY he would be perfect legal in the woods with a properly licensed handgun. If he was bow hunter he might have a problem in NY.
 

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I have a friend who grew up in Poland, way out in the boonies, Said he was attacked by a wolf and fought it off with a sharp stick..He also said they didnt have electricity, running water, or a vehicle....They had a horse drawn cart......This was in the eairly 60s.....
 

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Did a quick search, they do have Grizz in the state and there have been attacks. I'm going scouting there in the snow I'm carrying a .44 S&W Mountain Gun or better yet a .44 carbine slung on my back.
 
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