A bowhunter in North Carolina just lately arrowed one of many greatest black bears on file within the Previous North State. Brad Jones tagged the 780-pound bruin whereas looking close to Chocowinity, North Carolina on Saturday, December 16.
Jones was looking on his buddy Stuart Dudley’s property, the place he had bowhunted his first bear final 12 months—a 215-pounder he arrowed from a treestand. The expertise impressed him to pursue a bear once more with a bow this 12 months.
Although Dudley had some good bears on digicam, Jones was unsuccessful find a shooter throughout the first season. He did have one shut encounter with a giant bear whereas strolling to a treestand at midnight.
“The following cut up got here in, and I hadn’t had a number of time to get out,” Jones tells Subject & Stream. “On Saturday, my buddy was going to let some canine hunters are available in. It was sort of my final probability to go in there with a bow.”
Jones arrived early that morning earlier than the hound hunters. He determined to sit down at a stand close to a very swampy part of the property—and it’s an excellent factor he did. “It was a phenomenal morning, good and chilly,” says Jones. “I simply appeared up and this bear got here by means of the open timber proper at me. Then he turned and began happening a path 20 yards from me. I drew after which mouth grunted like I’d a deer. He stopped and I shot him good, slightly below the shoulder.”
“He barreled down the trail, and I might hear him doing that demise moan inside 30 seconds,” he provides. “I bought out of the stand, and he was useless inside 50 yards of the place I shot him.”
Jones, who’s an avid bowhunter for trophy whitetails, didn’t instantly notice the magnitude of what had occurred. “I simply knew he was big,” he says. “I didn’t know the extent of how large he was.”
Later that morning, the canine hunters arrived and helped Jones load the bear right into a truck—a process that required 8 to 10 hunters, based on Jones. Then, the bear maxed out a scale at 660 kilos. That’s when Jones realized he had one thing actually particular on his arms and began to search for a licensed scale.
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In the end, the bear weighed in at a whopping 780 kilos. It goes down as one of many heaviest black bears ever bagged in The Tar Heel State and is almost 100 kilos heavier than a 695-pounder that was confirmed as a file for western North Carolina (Jones’s bear was killed in jap North Carolina). The bear can also be heavier than the present Pope & Younger World Report—although it’s but to be scored.
Jones plans to get a full physique mount of the bear performed. After the 60-day drying interval, he’ll get an official rating for the Pope & Younger and Boone & Crockett Membership file books. “It’s such a phenomenal, majestic creature. To kill a creature like that’s sort of the top of looking,” says Jones. “And I couldn’t have performed it with out a good buddy’s land to hunt on.”