We had a unique maybe to Alaska duck hunting occurrence. My son and I were hunting from our boat a couple years ago. We had a nice spread of dekes out and staked the boat against the bank. With the brush racks up in place we were pretty invisible. It was a dead morning. My son heard a noise behind us and looked back over his shoulder. He immediately broke open his shotgun and spit out his duck loads. He threw in two slugs (we keep 2 slugs & 2 buckshot in the loops on our slings at all times)and stuffed his shotgun through the back side brush rack. He killed a big black bear boar not 15 yds from our boat. That big bugger had walked right up to us and was looking right in the boat. It could just as easily been a big grizzly. Part of our rules in AK is to take your bear hide in and have it sealed by Fish and Game. All went smooth but they warned us that carrying a lead slugs/buckshot while expressly duck/goose hunting was technically against the rules. No lead. Prudent but against the rules. I had to find sabot rounds that are pure copper so we're legal. Unfortunately they come in 12 & 20 ga. Don't know what we're gonna do for his 16. He may just have to carry a 44. Then again aren't you carrying a gun with lead bullets? It's a catch-22. Maybe I can find some Barnes copper bullets for the 44 to be legal. Is fish and game in other places looking at lead slugs the same way. I'd imagine there are other places that bears could be a challenge.