Record Size Bear Harvested In MaineOutdoor Wire News, Bear Hunting Magazine
This season marked Matt's first time hunting black bears. After six days in the stand he harvested a huge black bear that would beat the Maine state record set in 1993 by 19 pounds.
Matt, an Army veteran from Pennsylvania, was hunting with an outfitter in the Moosehead Lake Region of Maine. After five days of not seeing a bear, when this bear came into the clearing, Matt took his shot with a .45-70 Marlin using special hand loads. By the time the bear was packed up and back at camp it was too late to go into town, so they put the bear on ice. The next day, after one unofficial weight of 705 pounds, they headed to a state-certified scale where the official weight of the bear came in at 699 pounds.