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Never see a bear like that in NM.
There's also a 22# bear recorded.
"The second largest bear was a 679-pound male taken at 5 yards with a .357 handgun by Jordan M. Tutmaher, of Warren. Harvested in Farmington Township, Warren County, at 8 a.m., the bear appeared in a drive of a Christmas tree patch, Tutmaher said."
HOLY @#$%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you imagine the look on the guy's face when he saw that thing coming out from behind the Christmas Tree????!!!!!
PA and WI have 50% of the B&C entries the last 15 years. Genetics in NE Pennsylvania is the tops!
Rut Nut, I'm betting he saw it coming 'around' the Christmas tree:)
Do they even hibernate down there or do they just eat all year round?
According to the PGC web site the largest killed so far was a 780 pounder.
That’s some whoopers for sure.
What is the formula they use to estimate live weight?
They grow 'em around the DIsmal Swamp in VA and NC, too. Corn fed.
I've seen hunt vids of those swamp bears down south in NC. They get big there too.
I just got done tanning a Wisconsin Booner that was over 500lbs. I think I know how they get that big....the damn thing was loaded with birdshot. Was obviously in places it shouldn`t have been.
APauls- they do hibernate, but can come out of hibernation at times especially if there is an available food source. But they spend most of the time in hibernation.
Dave- I was told they add 18% to the field dressed weight to get an estimated live weight.
PA boys weigh their bears.
I thought 300 pounds was a pretty big bear- can't imagine a 700 pounder.
Wow! Had a 500# one shot near one area I deer hunt, and saw a 398# one while at the butcher with a 120# doe a couple years ago. My doe, a 205# 10pt and the bear were laying there about to go int he cooler. My doe looked like a spotted fawn next to the bear, and the buck looked like a skipper next to a mature buck - at best. That bear dwarfed them. I can not imagine how big an animal 300# bigger would have looked! Crazy!
There were some trail cam pics floating around earlier this year of some giants in PA. We had one killed in the high 600s a few years ago on the neighbors farm. Personally I've never seen one bigger than the mid 300s at our place.
We get some fatties for sure. Just about every year someone shoots a 600lb or bigger in Jefferson County. I know of a 604 and a 500 something killed within a couple miles this year. I'd be curious what this guy would've weighed in the fall.
Different bear but still fat.
"There's also a 22# bear recorded."
Someone got confused and registered a coon.
Why in the heck would anybody shoot a 22 pound cub? Is that legal?
Any bear legal in PA and NJ for that matter. My buddies bear estimated at around 375 as a comparison.
Wondering if that 22 lb number is wrong. Can a cub at this time of year really be 22 lbs, even dressed out? Cubs born in den over winter and have all spring and summer to grow before hibernation. They are eating machines once they get on solid foods. I know growth rates are different, but compare that with a fawn who is born around May/June and by this time of year would dress out at around 40-50 lbs.
Buddy of mine killed one Saturday that dressed out at 476. I cant even imagine what a 700lb black bear would look like....
Coworker showed me a picture of a bear that was taken this year on Nov 8. It was reported in at 839 lbs. That is a Pa. bear.
839 lb black bear, for real? My word, that's scary... That's gotta be some kind of record ya think...
Also taken this week was this brute which weighed in at 780 lbs. potential new state record.
Eastern black bears do get big. Over the years have taken 2 fall and 8 spring bears in QC. Bear no.2 was a spring bear and the camp scales bottomed at 400 lbs. Using measurements published in Bear Hunting mag the guides estimated live weight at around 580 lbs. 2 others have approached 400 and 3 of the remaining have been 325+
Ok guys, I have only had bear meat once, an that was made into burger. So, I have not hunted bear because I have no idea what to do with the meat. I really have not heard much of what to do with it. Not to sound dumb. But, I don't want to hunt something that I am not going to eat. thanks.
Sorta random. But i dont think there is a game meat out there that can be the best thing or worst thing you’ve ever eaten, depending on how its handled and how its cooked.
I live in southcentral PA and we’ve gone from being shocked 20 years ago to hear someone saw a bear around here to not blinking an eye when someone tells you they see them somewhat regularly. People dont put bird feeders out in the spring anymore, because they are gonna get wrecked. I sure hope people keep hunting them because they aren’t going to keep their populations in check themselves....
Are the skulls big to or just the bodies?
Boris, Black Bear meat is excellent as long as it’s main food source is not rotting salmon and the meat is taken care of properly. One of the top 10 meals I’ve eaten in my life was a black bear pot roast cooked in a Dutch oven.
Best meatloaf I ever ate, was bearloaf...
I stand corrected the record in Pa is 879 pounds. Previous record was 864.
"Are the skulls big to or just the bodies?"
We're #2 in B&C entries so yes we get high scoring bear. But 700-800lb bear does not equate to a B&C bear.
Mule power, I think the biggest is the one that is full body mount in harrisburgh. If I am not mistaken, it weighed in over 900 lbs. That one was road kill. I think.
Thanks guys for the info on eat bear. Like I said, only had burgers. An that was many years ago.
Boris it may be a different bear but I know they had one mounted down there that went 761. It was recovered from two poachers from West Virginia who were smart enough to shoot it and brag to the world about it.
What'd ya expect from hillbillies...8^)
This was the record 879# Pa. black bear.