Eddie Barr’s black bear from Surry County, N.C. in 2016 will be officially scored and certified as the No. 3 biggest black bear ever scored, and No. 1 highest-scoring black bear ever killed by a hunter, during the 2019 Boone & Crockett Club’s annual banquet in August. […]
A black bear that qualified for the Boone & Crockett Club, a non-hunting deer that caused $5100 worth of damage to an F-250, and many impressive bucks were featured at the 2019 Dixie Deer Classic awards ceremony this past weekend. […]
Michael Carawan of Garner, N.C. almost didn’t hunt the biggest bear he’d ever seen on his trail cameras. He thought it would take a helicopter to retrieve the 633-pound monster black bear from a Pamlico County swamp. Then he came up with a different strategy, and killed the bear on Nov. 25.
Branson Long of Beaufort, N.C. turned 13 on Nov. 18, but the biggest birthday present he could have gotten didn’t arrive until Dec. 3: a 705-pound bear that’s the biggest ever taken in Carteret County.
The day after killing her first deer, 18-year-old Katlyn Williams of Coats went on her first bear hunt with her friend Joey Oliver. The two were hunting not far from Lake Phelps. Five minutes into the hunt, Williams killed a 645-pound black bear. It is one of the top 5 bears killed by female hunters in the state of North Carolina.
David Linker of Concord was deer hunting in Roxboro near the Virginia border on Nov. 17 when he saw something he’s never seen before. A large black bear showed up just minutes before Linker was about to pack up and head home. He killed the bear, turning what he thought was a wasted hunt into a drama-filled harvest.
Heath Smith of Easley is no stranger to big bears. He holds the state record with a 609-pound bruin he killed two years ago. Still, Smith was a little surprised at the size of the bear he killed on Oct. 17, the opening day of bear season, at the base of Hogback Mountain in Greenville County. The 502 1/2-pound bear was much bigger than the bears captured on all his trail cams leading up to opening day.
“Our cameras show our property is covered up with a pile of bears, but most of them are anywhere from 200 to 300-pounds, so when I saw this one, I was surprised at his size,” said Smith.