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Hunter ambushes 633-pound black bear in Eastern N.C.

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.

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18-year-old Coats woman kills 645-pound bear in Washington 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.

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Concord hunter kills Person County record bear

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.

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Easley hunter kills 502-pound bear in Greenville County

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.

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