the Barrett Bear Slayers get it done
My Uncle Dave Shot this bear yesterday in northeastern PA. 875 Live weight and 744 dressed #2 in the WORLD and a new PA State Record. He missed the world record by 4 pounds......
My cousin shot a 640 pounder on the last day of last year gun season, and yesterday was opening day of PAs first ever statewide archery-only bear season....so i guess you can say we killed two bears over 600 pounds in 2 days of bear hunting in Monroe County. We are all local guys.
Stay tuned for the full story in a magazine...
the bear is right around 9 feet and will need a grizzly mold when he gets it mounted
This bear has some really cool history, It was right in the area we shot him for the last 17 years or so. Also, It has been caught in NJ numerous times which means he isnt afrain to swim the Delaware River. He was trying to mate with a female bear who was in a snare in NJ. The female was caught by the NJDEP for testing and the big boy was trying to get his groove on with her, they had to tranquilize him so he didnt injure the female. As you can see in the pics, he has a tattoo on his lip. He was 711 pounds last year when he was caught by the Game Commission...so he put on some weight since then. He has an AWESOME blaze on his chest, i have never seen a bear with a "U-shaped" blaze...seen lots with diamond shaped ones though. Bear had 6" of fat on him.
another cool fact...my cousin who shot the bear first has diebetes so he has soda and twinkies with him in case his sugar acts up....he was just about to take a drink of soda when he first shot the bear....after chasing after it for another shot it ran right back to where he first shot and there was blood all over his soda bottle....unbelievable
I "believe" the last paragraph there is what is causing the "controversy"
There is no baiting in PA and it is rumoured someone close by was considering this bear as a "pet" and was feeding it regularly.
Other "hunters" are calling foul
Yeah that is a big one KPR. I guess he did get squirrely and took the post down for legal reasons from archerytalk? Anyways, here are the bear pics from another site. It is nice to see an enforcement officer of some type standing in the picture. I find it adds a little bit more credibility. I have to say, Oxyclean couldn't do anything for the load I would have in my underwear if I met that thing on the ground in the woods!
By MIKE KUHNS
Record Sports Editor
November 20, 2010
For David Price, killing a record-setting black bear was supposed to be the event of a lifetime.
Instead, it has been a time of anger and bewilderment.
On Monday, Price, three brothers, a cousin and a friend killed a 17-year-old bruin that tipped the scales at an estimated live weight of 875 pounds, the largest ever on record in Pennsylvania.
Since then, many online forums have questioned the kill, accusing the hunting party of killing a beloved bear known as "Bozo" that was befriended by a Bushkill local, Leroy Lewis, who essentially raised it.
Bozo's death sparked an uproar among animal lovers, locals and others who decried what they said amounted to the slaying of a wild-animal-turned-domesticated-pet.
"With all the bad publicity, I'm not feeling very good about myself," said Price of Cresco, a 1986 Pocono Mountain High School graduate. "This may be the peak of my hunting career, and it's tainted, it really is."
What happened that day
On Monday, Price got a phone call at work from his younger brother and cousin who said they saw a large bear and wanted help hunting it on the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area land just north of Fernwood Resort.
"The end result was the bear came out and I shot it," Price said. The bear was shot six times total, but Price's arrow - he was hunting with a crossbow - killed the bear.
Price and his brothers had known of this large bear in the area for years, but had never seen it during hunting season. It was last tagged in New Jersey by game officers over the summer, but hadn't been seen by either state's officers since.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission believed the bear had traveled back and forth across the Delaware River but were not sure of its whereabouts because it had never been tagged in Pennsylvania.
"When you go in the woods you don't expect to see a Volkswagen bus coming through," Price said. "I had to rub my eyes to believe what I was seeing."
By 3:30 p.m. Monday, the bear was dead and the group of hunters was celebrating their kill. They had contacted the game commission, which sent out an officer to record the bear's death.
Officer Mark Kropa took a scale from a check station and went to weigh the bear, Northeast Regional Director Steve Schweitzer said. two different teams were at the site where the bear was killed, determining what happened during the course of the hunt.
"It was harvested legally, in our opinion," Schweitzer said.
But PoconoRecord.com reader comments weren't so forgiving.
This bear was well known for getting into garbage bins near Fernwood. It was also known by the game commission and many in the community that Lewis, 71, befriended the bear years ago, feeding it often. Lewis was given a written warning in October for feeding the bear, Schweitzer said.
Many posts on the Web accused Price of shooting a "tame bear." The reaction sent Price and his hunting partners reeling.
"I'm definitely a little angry," Price said. "I'm a little disappointed in everybody's attitude. I enjoy hunting more than anything, and now this is tainted by it."
Not much of a trophy in my opinion even if it was harvested legally. You can't say that he had no clue as he was supposedly after this bear for 3 years and it was shot about 2km from Mr. Lewis' house. Think of your community and a deer used as an example? Monster buck, hand fed for 17 years (ridiculous I know), grows to legendary status, half tame, wanders community at large and has been given the name "Stickers" or something else foolish. You could shoot it, but to expect that there wouldn't be any backlash in the community over it is ridiculous. Yes it is legal, but is it smart? Probably not. If it was a hunter wandering through from another community, then I think there would be resentment, but people would understand that it was generally someone from away that didn't really know about it. But a guy from their own community saying that this bear is a world record and a true trophy? Kinda hard to swallow. Legal yes...right no. You can't legislate common sense and we are always in the public eye. Pennsylvania Game Commission could have done a trap and transfer a long time ago if this bear was really such a problem. They didn’t want the public out cry, so they let a hunter wear egg on his face.
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