It was a special day for Daniel Beavers. He had awoken to a beautiful morning during Pennsylvania’s bear season, and had seen a prize black bear he’d been tracking for years on a recent hike. When selecting his weapon, he set aside the trusty 12-gauge he usually used, and opted for his father’s gun – a .30-06 rifle. Beavers wasn’t sure why he felt the need to make the switch, but he attributes his success of the day to this lucky decision.
Daniel Beaver’s father passed just last year in hospice. They had gone hunting every year since Daniel was 12, so his passing took a great toll on the joy Daniel felt tracking through the woods, but he knew this year would be different.
“I don’t know why I decided to take his gun,” said Mr. Beavers. “I guess I was thinking about him.”
About an hour into the hunt, the bear approached Beavers’ hunting group near a marshy area. He fired his father’s rifle twice at the enormous male black bear, taking down the largest recorded bear in Pennsylvania so far this season. The bear, which weighed was in at 772 pounds by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, was identified by Beavers by an unusual white “V” on its chest.
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Beavers said he is currently waiting to find out from the Boone and Crockett Club if the skull’s size is a world record. The animal was only the second bear he has ever taken. The last one was a 355-pound bear he shot in 2007.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever beat that one,” Mr. Beavers said of his latest kill. “It’s big.”