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Contributors to this thread:
Shug 05-Mar-24
fuzzy 06-Mar-24
VAMtns 06-Mar-24
Bou'bound 06-Mar-24
Zebrakiller 06-Mar-24
Shug 06-Mar-24
Shug 06-Mar-24
molsonarcher 06-Mar-24
Charlie Rehor 06-Mar-24
Boreal 06-Mar-24
12yards 06-Mar-24
Basil 06-Mar-24
Shug 06-Mar-24
dnovo 06-Mar-24
Trial153 06-Mar-24
Matt 06-Mar-24
yeager 06-Mar-24
Shug 06-Mar-24
BOHNTR 06-Mar-24
FORESTBOWS 06-Mar-24
CFMuley 06-Mar-24
bluedog 06-Mar-24
g5smoke21 07-Mar-24
carcus 07-Mar-24
pav 07-Mar-24
No Mercy 07-Mar-24
Iowa Rut Nut 07-Mar-24
njbuck 07-Mar-24
Kurt 07-Mar-24
Nyati 07-Mar-24
BlacktailBob 07-Mar-24
BlacktailBob 07-Mar-24
TK 07-Mar-24
Shug 07-Mar-24
JSW 07-Mar-24
Bou'bound 07-Mar-24
Dale06 07-Mar-24
fuzzy 08-Mar-24
carcus 08-Mar-24
fuzzy 08-Mar-24
Dale06 08-Mar-24
Shug 08-Mar-24
JSW 08-Mar-24
Mike Ukrainetz 09-Mar-24
MA-PAdeerslayer 09-Mar-24
fuzzy 10-Mar-24
Smtn10PT 14-Mar-24
RD 14-Mar-24
BuckSlayer 15-Mar-24
Windwalker 18-Mar-24
Shug 18-Mar-24
Big-Otis-Jeff 18-Mar-24
Missouribreaks 18-Mar-24
Plum lake 18-Mar-24
Rgiesey 18-Mar-24
mgmicky 19-Mar-24
Tater 19-Mar-24
BlacktailBob 20-Mar-24
Shug 20-Mar-24
BlacktailBob 20-Mar-24
Shug 20-Mar-24
BlacktailBob 20-Mar-24
Shug 20-Mar-24
Billyvanness 20-Mar-24
BlacktailBob 20-Mar-24
Stoneman 20-Mar-24
Tobpitbull 21-Mar-24
Rgiesey 21-Mar-24
JSW 21-Mar-24
BlacktailBob 21-Mar-24
ARKBEARHUNTER 21-Mar-24
Jason Stafford 21-Mar-24
Buffalo1 21-Mar-24
Billyvanness 21-Mar-24
Billyvanness 21-Mar-24
Jason Stafford 22-Mar-24
Bou'bound 22-Mar-24
Westgak 22-Mar-24
BlacktailBob 22-Mar-24
Shug 23-Mar-24
JSW 23-Mar-24
JSW 23-Mar-24
BlacktailBob 23-Mar-24
Shug 23-Mar-24
Dikndirt 24-Mar-24
grape 25-Mar-24
wifishkiller 25-Mar-24
Buffalo1 26-Mar-24
Nick Muche 26-Mar-24
Shug 26-Mar-24
jmail20 27-Mar-24
Buffalo1 27-Mar-24
Stoneman 28-Mar-24
Speedgoat 28-Mar-24
TREESTANDWOLF 28-Mar-24
DGW 02-Apr-24
BlacktailBob 02-Apr-24
DGW 02-Apr-24
5575 06-Apr-24
5575 06-Apr-24
welka 09-Apr-24
Shug 09-Apr-24
BlacktailBob 09-Apr-24
mooseslayer 09-Apr-24
Rob Nye 09-Apr-24
Glunt@work 11-Apr-24
Glunt@work 11-Apr-24
Cobie33 11-Apr-24
Shiras42 11-Apr-24
From: Shug
05-Mar-24
With all the bear posts …I’d love to see your best BLACK BEAR skull and weight …

From: fuzzy
06-Mar-24
I can post a pic of the skull but didn't weight him. There was a LOT of bear sausage tho

From: VAMtns
06-Mar-24
Fat 200 pounders full of hickory nuts and acorns are the biggest for me . Love a bear roast

From: Bou'bound
06-Mar-24

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Here is mine sorry for the bad picture, but this was all I could get from him I was as far back as I could go

Ran out of length with the tape measure and pounds on the scale so I don’t know how big he was but it was a good one

From: Zebrakiller
06-Mar-24

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My biggest head 18 5/8 25 years or so ago not sure weight

From: Shug
06-Mar-24

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My sons biggest… Taken at my DIY camp in Quebec 315# 18 10/16

From: Shug
06-Mar-24

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New Jersey…2017 Dressed 438# 21 3/16 skull 13 years old

From: molsonarcher
06-Mar-24

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405# on the scale. 19 11/16 P&Y Spring 2023 Manitoba.

06-Mar-24

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Colorado fall bear 2022. Official 20 9/16”. Aged 12 years by Colorado DNR. No weight as we were 5 miles in. Dennis Razza did the mount. Once in a lifetime.

From: Boreal
06-Mar-24

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#285 New Brunswick

From: 12yards
06-Mar-24
I've killed one bear, so that was my best. LOL. Autumn Orange 2317 with a Bear Super Razorhead. Ran about 30 yards and ran into a tree dead. Didn't hear a death moan.

From: Basil
06-Mar-24

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I’ve made some great memories hunting with my daughter. This one dressed 360 & is bigger than any I’ve shot. Several years earlier we had a 600ish bear come to the bait & get away with no shot.

From: Shug
06-Mar-24
Good stuff

From: dnovo
06-Mar-24

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My best bear was 410 # live weight and scored 19 1/16. Aged at 16 years old . the picture doesn't do him justice.

From: Trial153
06-Mar-24
Great Bear Kenneth had blast hunting with you last year! Hope you’re doing well!

From: Matt
06-Mar-24
19 13/16” skull. You guys who kill them where you can get them to a scale have it awful easy.

From: yeager
06-Mar-24

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Shot my biggest black bear with Desjardin’s Outfitting, Manitoba, Canada back in 2004. He weighed 445 pounds and scored 20 13/16.

From: Shug
06-Mar-24
Stud Bob

From: BOHNTR
06-Mar-24

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Unknown weight…..19 4/16” skull….spot and stalk in northern Kali

06-Mar-24

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From: CFMuley
06-Mar-24

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No clue on weight. 20 6/8” skull.

From: bluedog
06-Mar-24
When I was a kid and first read how bear were measured by their skull size for record books I came up with idea Mr. America contests should give trophy to the guy with the biggest head.

That'd be cool

From: g5smoke21
07-Mar-24

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Wasn't able to weigh him. Skull is in the basement but never measured

From: carcus
07-Mar-24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB1aHtYZeeM&t=253s This guy was the thickest, never weighed, skull was only 21 2/16", I've shot a few longer bears with larger skulls, but this was the most impressive bear ive seen on the ground

From: pav
07-Mar-24
My best and only black bear was aged at 11 years old, but barely made P&Y at 18-0/16ths. That bear was taken spot and stalk on the Kenai Peninsula. Was told not to expect a P&Y bear on the Kenai prior to that hunt...as the average boar there has a 16" skull and weighs 220lbs. No idea what my bear weighed, but definitely much bigger than 220lbs.

From: No Mercy
07-Mar-24

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19 11/16-MN bear. Couldn't get a weight, but guessing close to 400.

From: Iowa Rut Nut
07-Mar-24

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505 lbs 20 2/16

Duck mountains Manitoba

From: njbuck
07-Mar-24

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New Jersey- Not a huge one but weighed 215 and was 18 1/16 P&Y. I am hoping to top that this fall!

From: Kurt
07-Mar-24
19-10/16 spot and stalk in British Columbia last spring. No weight but a big bear for sure.

From: Nyati
07-Mar-24

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I was on this hunt but didn’t pull the trigger. When I first saw the bear running ahead of the hounds I initially thought it was a steer because of size. 680 lb on certified scales

From: BlacktailBob
07-Mar-24
I've never killed a big one. But, what is the size of skull on that old man in Shug's post ?

From: BlacktailBob
07-Mar-24
What about weight ?

From: TK
07-Mar-24

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Duck Mountains MB 21 15/16” 430#

From: Shug
07-Mar-24
Et Tu Bob et Tu?

From: JSW
07-Mar-24

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1417 lbs on a certified scale.
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1417 lbs on a certified scale.

From: Bou'bound
07-Mar-24
Well with that last one this contest is over, kinda like the guy that posted the 13 1/2 pound bass on the fishing thread that ended it pretty quickly 3/4 of a ton is going to do the same thing here. Holy mackerel what a monster.

From: Dale06
07-Mar-24
Five years ago, in Alaska. I climbed into a tree stand at about 630 pm. It was a baited stand. Soon thereafter a small black bear came in and ate for a bit. He stood up on his hind legs and stared into the bush for a few seconds and bolted full speed away from the area. I grabbed my bow. I could see the brush moving and out popped another black bear, no bigger than the first one. There was a parade of bears till it got too dark to shoot at about 1:00 am. Since it was dark, I relaxed and snoozed a while. I woke up at 330 am as a nice sized brown bear was approaching the bait. He came in and laid down facing me at 20 yards, and he was raking bait into his mouth. I had no shot. After a bit he rose and walked directly to me and stopped under my tree stand and then bolted full speed back into the bush. Then 15 minutes later he returned, laid down facing me and raked bait to his mouth again, no shot. Then he got up turned quartering away to leave. I took the shot and he bolted and it was quiet. I thought the shot might have been a tad low. My guide in a tree stand by me said let’s give him a few hours, so we slept in our tree stands. The blood trail was the best of over 100 big game blood trails I’ve followed. He was dead at about 70-80 yards from where he was arrowed. He was not a monster, just over 8’ and just over20”. I got back in that stand the next day and killed a nice black bear after a two hour sit.

From: fuzzy
08-Mar-24
Biggest bear. "Best " was the 125" live weight male from NL. Tender and tasty! This old boar was sausage meat.

From: carcus
08-Mar-24
Op yelled BLACK BEAR, the monster grizz don't count

From: fuzzy
08-Mar-24
Can't post the pic, sorry

From: Dale06
08-Mar-24
Apologies, I only read the title and not the OPs clarification of BLACK bear.

From: Shug
08-Mar-24
Blacktail Bob…24 15/16 Black Bear Bob feel free to post the P and Y certificate

From: JSW
08-Mar-24
I have an Excel spreadsheet that gives a very accurate weight on bears depending on several measurements. On the last bear I shot and actually weighed, it was only off by 1 pound. I don't see any way to attach that file here but if you pm me your email address, I'll send it to you. This file was created by a bear biologist and I've had it so long, I don't recall where I got it.

The downside is you have to convert inches to centimeters but that conversion is easy to find.

09-Mar-24
JSW, I will gladly put that excel spreadsheet to the test this spring with about 50 bears! Love to have it, PM sent.

And I’m Canadian so the conversion to centimetres should be doable for me! Haha

09-Mar-24
Mike id love to see you do those measurements to the bears and see how accurate it is for the year! That would be neat!

From: fuzzy
10-Mar-24

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From: Smtn10PT
14-Mar-24

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Still waiting to get the skull back to officially measure.

From: RD
14-Mar-24

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Manitoba 18 6/8

From: BuckSlayer
15-Mar-24

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2013 Manitoba, no idea size or weight. Big
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2013 Manitoba, no idea size or weight. Big

From: Windwalker
18-Mar-24

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Taken in 2014; 20 1/16; 450lbs; 17 years old. Best trophy I ever took in my 60 years of bowhunting.

From: Shug
18-Mar-24
Great bears

18-Mar-24

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Alberta 1999…Booner.

18-Mar-24
Black bear, 7 feet, 10 inches squared. Self bow and cedars. Lots of others with longbow, none weighed.

From: Plum lake
18-Mar-24

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I have 3 over 19”. And have yet to break 20” for myself. But it was never a goal for 20” Or even 19” for that matter. Just patience and find the time to hunt for myself Just a nice respectful bear. 19 7/16

From: Rgiesey
18-Mar-24
Shot two at 193/4 and finally got one at 201/8. In Alberta with Chad Lenz and Kevin Pearce

From: mgmicky
19-Mar-24

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Some nice bears guys. My first and only bear. New Brunswick 2017. JD Berry longbow and wood arrow.

From: Tater
19-Mar-24

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19 2/16 DOA outfitters Manitoba

From: BlacktailBob
20-Mar-24

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Not many Black Bears up on the Unalakleet, but some Big Ones.
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Not many Black Bears up on the Unalakleet, but some Big Ones.
Shug,

I had forgot about that one. Is this the one?

From: Shug
20-Mar-24
That’s him Bob…

From: BlacktailBob
20-Mar-24
Havent been back up there since. Maybe have to go again one of these years.

From: Shug
20-Mar-24
Look at that score on Bobs bear.. He’s such a great guy he didn’t want to knock a Jersey bear out of the top spot so he asked for it not to be recognized as the WR

From: BlacktailBob
20-Mar-24
It was a Jersey Bear?

From: Shug
20-Mar-24
The WR is from Jersey and because of your affinity for me you chose not to have yours recognized

20-Mar-24
Incredible looking bears gents!

From: BlacktailBob
20-Mar-24
OK, I'll go along with that. I had to look up affinity to make sure I had it correct.

From: Stoneman
20-Mar-24
That bear must have been like some brook trout, all head!

I can’t even imagine a 25” black bear…

21-Mar-24

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New Brunswick

From: Rgiesey
21-Mar-24
Wow Bob! That’s a story I want to hear.

From: JSW
21-Mar-24
Yer killing me Bob! I'm slightly embarrassed to see my signature on that.

I'm assuming you got it corrected in the Club office.

From: BlacktailBob
21-Mar-24
It took a while but they finally got around to it. Kind of like sending me a ballot to vote that got to me after the election was over.

21-Mar-24

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400 lb. Arkansas with a Stickbow..haven"t measured skull yet. Wooden arrow with Zwickey broadhead. Quite the hunt!

21-Mar-24
20 12/16” Alaska

From: Buffalo1
21-Mar-24

21-Mar-24
2010- called in a small bull at dusk, passed him. A ways back so figured I’d start easing my way out. Stepped slowly around a small Christmas tree and this bear is facing me dead on at 8 yds. He let me draw without a flinch, showed zero fear. I saw the arrow disappear where his neck met his center chest….he turned and ran through a 3” dead aspen…tree parts flew everywhere. Full gas he ran about 100 yds, crazy experience. Mid 19’s for skull measurement.

21-Mar-24
Photo doesn’t want to load…I’ll try again tomorrow

22-Mar-24
I had the same problem Billy

From: Bou'bound
22-Mar-24
Same issue on classifieds

From: Westgak
22-Mar-24
Was going to post mine, but after seeing Bobs score, I’m just left feeling inadequate….

Any chance you have a picture of that bear? Would love to see it.

From: BlacktailBob
22-Mar-24
I wouldn't feel inadequate about shooting any bear. Particularly as it relates to the fictious bear on my score sheet. The bear has a close resemblance to a grizzly. Perhaps the P&Y club made a mistake and sent me a score sheet that said it was a black bear and not a grizzly. Not sure how Shug knew about that?

From: Shug
23-Mar-24
Bob you showed it to me..

From: JSW
23-Mar-24

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My first big bear and one of my favorite pictures. 19 14/16, AZ
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My first big bear and one of my favorite pictures. 19 14/16, AZ

From: JSW
23-Mar-24

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My biggest black bear 20 7/16" and over 500#.
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My biggest black bear 20 7/16" and over 500#.

From: BlacktailBob
23-Mar-24
I let you in the house?

From: Shug
23-Mar-24
Bob… why do you hurt me?

From: Dikndirt
24-Mar-24

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19 and 3/4 skull….unsure of weight but guess 300 lbs
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19 and 3/4 skull….unsure of weight but guess 300 lbs

From: grape
25-Mar-24

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From: wifishkiller
25-Mar-24

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I can’t remember his skull size.

From: Buffalo1
26-Mar-24

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20 3/16” P&Y.

20 1/16” B&C- measured 25 yrs after original scoring.

Weighted approx 425#.

From: Nick Muche
26-Mar-24

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From: Shug
26-Mar-24
Wonderful bears guys Greg who’s that young guy posing with your bear?

From: jmail20
27-Mar-24

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20" Chocolate
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20" Chocolate

From: Buffalo1
27-Mar-24
Shug- that is my baby brother ! That photo was 6-13-1992

From: Stoneman
28-Mar-24

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Co ‘front range’ spot and stalk

From: Speedgoat
28-Mar-24

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POW BEAR 2018

28-Mar-24

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Idaho - 2021

From: DGW
02-Apr-24

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Colorado 18 8/16

From: BlacktailBob
02-Apr-24
DGW I bet you kill one bigger than that this spring. It wont be as pretty though.

From: DGW
02-Apr-24
Bob, that sounds like a great plan!

From: 5575
06-Apr-24

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Finally got my dream bear last year in far north Alberta, he's a gorilla.

From: 5575
06-Apr-24

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From: welka
09-Apr-24
Great thread and some really cool giants! Those 20"ers are rare. Pretty sure I had a couple that big up in AK that I passed on waiting for brown bears. Still kicking myself now that you see they are so rare. Good luck to all.

From: Shug
09-Apr-24
Some great BOW killed bears

From: BlacktailBob
09-Apr-24

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I guess I've killed 9 of them over 20 but biggest is 20 & 8/16ths Cant find one that hits 21, thats my goal.

From: mooseslayer
09-Apr-24

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Arrowed in Newfoundland. #405 lbs. 19&10/16ths. Still trying for that 20"/with archery.

From: Rob Nye
09-Apr-24

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Some fantastic bruins congrats to all! I killed this elusive guy the 4th season we hunted him. I was actually sad when he tipped over gettting pics of him was like Christmas for a kid.

From: Glunt@work
11-Apr-24

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Best skull but body and hide were in tough shape. Right at 19" green so likely shrank a bit.

From: Glunt@work
11-Apr-24

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Only 16" something but a big georgeous fall body and hide. Hit him high on a Tuesday and killed him on Friday. Didnt realize it was the same bear.

From: Cobie33
11-Apr-24

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Saskatchewan spring bear 19 12/16, 337 near Wollaston Lake.

From: Shiras42
11-Apr-24

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Not sure on skull size or weight, but was a nice one and 8 years old according to ON.

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