500-yard shot downs 600+ pound bear in Pamlico County, N.C.

Jeff Murphy of Madison, N.C. isn’t new to bear hunting — he’s killed nine bears in the past 15 or so years — but the one he killed on Nov. 13 was one unlike any he’s ever seen. Even from 500 yards away, which is the distance the bear was when Murphy shot it, he could tell it was abnormally large. […]


North Carolina’s best bears

Wildlife biologists have a maxim: good habitat translates into more game animals. But the public often misunderstands the rule. It depends upon the adaptability of a species, and no game animal is more adaptive than black bears. It’s why bear numbers are growing in North Carolina’s mountains. […]

Deer of the Year

640-pound bear killed in Edgecombe County, N.C.

For Michael Taylor of Raleigh, N.C., a routine bear hunt on Dec. 17 in an Edgecombe County swamp thicket turned into a monumental experience when a 640-pound male black bear stepped out 15 feet from him along the trail without any dogs or any other hunters in sight.  […]