Pennsylvania's Biggest Bear Of 2006!

Gary Gustafson, Bear Hunting Magazine
John Eppinette and his trophy

Popeye From Pennsylvania
John Eppinette of Adamstown, Pennsylvania took his first bear in 2006 after 5 years of hunting, and he will probably never see a bigger one. John is one of the 25-member Over The Hill Gang. This groups members have been bear hunting since the early 1960s. They were driving the woods in classic Pennsylvania style in Potter County on Monday November 20th. The group harvested 3 bears on their first drive, saw none on the second, and then 2 hunters missed a monster on their third drive. Scott Maxwell had the men re-group and they drove the same area again. At about 3:30 John got a crack at the same large bruin and he took full advantage of the opportunity. His first shot from his Remington 280 at 45 yards hit the bear but did not put it down. John pursued the bear through the woods until the bear emerged again on a ridge about 25 yards away. He shot the bear again. The bear then turned and walked towards John who put his last 2 shots into it, anchoring it for good. They used an ATV and a group of men to haul the beast out to an access road where a backhoe took the bear to a nearby registration station. The field-dressed bear was weighed on a Pennsylvania Game Commission scale at 587 Lbs. The PGC estimate on live weight is 693 Lbs. The bears hide squared at 7 feet 6 inches. Although the skull is still drying for official scoring, John measured 17 of width ear-tip to ear-tip which shows the beach-ball sized head the bear had.

Check out the March/April 2007 issue for all of the biggest bears of 2006!

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