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    Default First Alaskan Black Bear

    After 17 years I finally shot my first black bear. I have been picky and didnt want to shot a sow or a young bore, but when this sucker stood up, I had no doubt that he was over six foot.
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    I give thanks to the vetrans, as they have aided in my priviledge to hunt and fish the great State of AK. and alow me to sleep safely at night.

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    Congratulations Rich! Good to know you guys are still here! LOL!
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    Congrats! That is a big bear!

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    Holy SHoT Rich nice bear. Well deserved, congratulations.
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    Holy cow! that is a beaut' are you going to get it rugged?
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    Wow, looks like a bruiser! Put a tape to it?

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    Hide measured ‎82 3/8" long; 76 4/8" wide: Head; 14 3/8" Long; 6 15/16" Wide. Fish and Game estimated 325 to 350 lbs. I know it was alot of meat and its all boned cut and vacuumed and now in the freezer. Meat is tender and semi-sweet. DAMMM GOOD>!
    I give thanks to the vetrans, as they have aided in my priviledge to hunt and fish the great State of AK. and alow me to sleep safely at night.

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    Beautiful bear congrats

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    Great bear you should be proud congrats

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    Thats a real Dandy bruin for sure - congrats!
    What did you shoot him with and was it a stalk hunt?
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    WOW that is one fine looking boar congrats!!!

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    Adding the measurements, it looks like you've got an all time Booner skull. Great bear! Not too many guys get a chance at bear with a skull that big. Make sure you take care of that skull if you plan to enter it.

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    Worth the wait- great bear!
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    Thanks to all!! I have to admit that it wasnt much of a hunt, as he was right up close and personal. I would like to say that I hunted day and night for months to harvest such a fine creature, but that would be so untrue. Anyways, the boy will be made into a rug by a good friend who's previous bear rug had been stolen. So, all the meat is in my freezer and the hide will be rugged and displayed. Guess walking to the back of the homestead was well worth the accidental meeting. BTW, a .375 H&H with hand loaded Barnes Triple Shock X 270 gr. dumped him with one shot to the standing breast, through brisket, heart and lodged in back bone--he hardly flinched after the inital bark.
    Thanks again all for your warm comments.\ Rich
    I give thanks to the vetrans, as they have aided in my priviledge to hunt and fish the great State of AK. and alow me to sleep safely at night.

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    It's nice to get an easy one every once in a while.

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    Did you recover the bullet from being lodged in his spine? If so, I'd like to see a picture of it.

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    Very nice! Still looking to get my first!
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    Default Bear meat

    Quote Originally Posted by Trapper_Rich View Post
    Hide measured ‎82 3/8" long; 76 4/8" wide: Head; 14 3/8" Long; 6 15/16" Wide. Fish and Game estimated 325 to 350 lbs. I know it was alot of meat and its all boned cut and vacuumed and now in the freezer. Meat is tender and semi-sweet. DAMMM GOOD>!
    "and some days you eat the bear!" Congratualations, nice display.
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