NFL Player Gets Stuck in Alaska During Bear Hunt, Misses Team Workouts

It's no secret that some professional athletes -- quite of a lot of them, actually -- are pretty avid hunters. But when one is forced to put his survival skills to the test, well, we can't help but be impressed.

Philadelphia Eagles Pro-Bowl defensive lineman Jason Babin took a bear-hunting trip to Alaska with every intention of making it back in time for the Eagles' first scheduled organized team activities (OTAs) last week.

However, the weather up in Cold Bay, Alaska, where Babin was camping, got a little rough, forcing Babin and his guide to stay a few extra days.


That meant enduring freezing temperatures, living off freeze-dried meals, and climbing glaciers and boiling the ice just to get some fresh water.


"When the weather blows in, you don't have a lot of options," Babin told the Philadelphia media when he finally arrived for OTAs. "There were times when the tent bent in so hard, the tent was in our sleeping bags. There was snow drifting over."

Perhaps most disappointing was that Babin came away empty handed; while he saw a few brown bears wandering around, he never saw the one he was after.

Sorry you didn't get him, Jason. If it's any consolation, you can always take another trip to the OTHER frozen tundra -- the one without all the Cheeseheads, I mean -- next offseason.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 14: Swamp Bulls

With his Mozambique forest bull in the salt, Craig Boddington sets his sights on the Marromeu grasslands in pursuit of a swamp buffalo.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 11: Wheelgun Buffalo

Host Craig Boddington lays claim to hunting more than 100 Cape Buffalo over the course of his 40 plus year career, but he never took one with a handgun. That changed in South Africa when Craig faced down "black death" with a magnum wheelgun.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 16: Cedar Break Bucks

Kevin Steele treks to the cedar breaks and coulees of north-central Nebraska for a shot at a big prairie whitetail.

2018 Petersen

2018 Petersen's Hunting Episode 10: Snowbound Chamois

Host Brittany Boddington gets more than she bargained for on what turned out to be a grueling, snowbound and extremely physical hunt for chamois in Romania's Carpathian mountains.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

We evaluate the four factors in determining whether a cartridge is viable for long-range hunting: trajectory, wind drift, impact velocity, and accuracy. Ammo

Is the .308 a Viable Long Range Cartridge?

Keith Wood

We evaluate the four factors in determining whether a cartridge is viable for long-range...

Since the first explorers and pilgrims landed, the inhabitants of this glorious country have been Shooting

7 Favorite Truck Guns

Joseph von Benedikt - May 11, 2015

Since the first explorers and pilgrims landed, the inhabitants of this glorious country have...

The Top 10 trophy whitetail states featured here are the best of the best in terms of B&C entries over the past ten years. North America

Top 10 Trophy Whitetail States

Joseph von Benedikt - December 18, 2017

The Top 10 trophy whitetail states featured here are the best of the best in terms of B&C...

From deer to bear, these 10 big-game rifle cartridges have proven themselves most worthy in the field. Ammo

Top 10 Big Game Cartridges for North America

Joseph von Benedikt

From deer to bear, these 10 big-game rifle cartridges have proven themselves most worthy in...

See More Trending Articles

More Whitetail

Trail cameras can provide some valuable intel, but don't rely on them too much. Whitetail

Are You Relying Too Much on Trail Cameras?

Jeff Johnston

Trail cameras can provide some valuable intel, but don't rely on them too much.

Digital Editor Emily Kantner traveled to Southwest Texas to chase whitetails and put the new Yamaha side-by-sides to the test. Whitetail

Texas Whitetail Hunting with Yamaha's New Side-By-Sides

Emily Kantner

Digital Editor Emily Kantner traveled to Southwest Texas to chase whitetails and put the new...

 The Ozonics HR-200 and HR-300 are designed to hang above your treestand and cover your scent with Whitetail

Can Scent-Covering Technology Fool a Whitetail's Nose?

Jeff Johnston

The Ozonics HR-200 and HR-300 are designed to hang above your treestand and cover your scent...

Technology is taking deer hunters, and their gear, into the future. Accessories

The Best New Deer Hunting Technology

Jeff Johnston - May 15, 2020

Technology is taking deer hunters, and their gear, into the future.

See More Whitetail

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save.

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All Petersen's Hunting subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now