These are the noted biggest bear kills, according to the record books.
Thinking about harvesting a grizzly, brown or black bear sometime soon?
Not everyone is a trophy hunter, but if you are, here are the world records for each of the species recognized by the Boone and Crockett Club.
To determine if your bear is a contender for the record, measure the skull’s length and width. The combined total is the bear’s overall score and has to better those already in the record books. Don’t forget, the bear’s skull has to dry for at least 60 days before an official measurement can’t be calculated.
The B&C World Record Grizzly Bear belongs to a skull found in 1976. The skull measured 17 4/16 x 8 14/16 for a combined score of 27 13/16 inches, which still stands today.
However, in 2013, Larry Fitzgerald harvested this behemoth near Fairbanks, Alaska which is now been officially recognized as the second largest grizzly ever recorded, and the largest grizzly harvested by a hunter.
Measuring 27 6/16 inches, the bear was just 7/16 inches from the top honor.
The B&C World Record Brown Bear measured 30 12/16 inches. It was harvested by Roy Lindsley in 1952 on Kodiak Island, Alaska.
Lindsley’s record has stood for more than six decades but there have been some great challengers along the way.
In 2006, Fern Rivers-Spaulding harvested this monstrous brown bear while hunting with her father. Initially, the bear measured 33 1/16 inches but dried to a still impressive 29 1/16 inches.
What makes her accomplishment even more impressive was Fern was only 10 years old at the time, and used a .375 H&H to take the bear.
The B&C World Record Black Bear belongs to a skull found in 1975. The skull measured 23 10/16 inches and is still recognized as the largest brown bear by the Boone and Crockett Club, although a new world record was nearly achieved.
Robert Christian recently harvested a black bear in Pennsylvania that measured 23 9/16 inches, just 1/16 inch behind the record holder. While Christian’s bear missed the world record, he is recognized as having the largest black bear ever harvested by a hunter.
Good luck to all of our bear hunters! We hope your season is filled with great memories, safe journeys and a successful harvest.
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