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It was a huge bear.
Brad finally made his way to me and
confirmed that the bear was in fact a
trophy. Upon filling out my tag and
securing it to his ear, Brad and I tried
to roll it over so that I could snap a few
photos before field-dressing it. Try as
we might, we couldn't even budge the
huge brute. It was at this point I realized
that we would need help in getting it
out of the woods.
Brad agreed to stay with my bear
while I hiked most of my gear, as well
as some of his, out to the truck. I
stripped down to some lighter clothes
and returned with a large rope, while
Jody drove back up the road to try to
get in contact with Bobby and Dad.
It took me nearly an hour to fielddress the bear and help arrived just
as I was finishing up. My dad rigged
up four handles on the 40-foot rope,
then secured the tag ends to the bear's
hind legs. Jody walked ahead carrying
guns and gear, clearing branches and
scouting paths. All four of us had to pull
on a count of three to make 20-yard
runs at a time before taking a break. If
one person didn't pull, the bear didn't
move. It was a group effort. It took
us about two hours to drag the bear
downhill through hemlocks, slippery
rocks and knee-high creek water
roughly 600 yards back to the truck.
Back at camp we hung the bear on
the game pole, and after dinner, Brad,
Bobby and I packed up our gear and
loaded my bear in the pickup to head
for home, but we had an important stop
to make first - the bear check station
where my bear would be weighed and
a tooth pulled for aging.
After reaching the check station at
Jersey Shore, we learned that the largest
bear they had checked on the first two
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days was 401 pounds. As Brad backed
up the truck, I could hear onlookers
start to chatter with excitement.
They knew just by looking that mine
was a large one. The biologist rigged
my bear to the scale and hoisted it in
the air. As the digital numbers settled
in, he called out, "365-pound dressed
male." That estimated to a live weight
of 431 pounds. The crowd cheered,
and I was pumped. After signing some
paperwork and shaking the hands of a
few strangers who admired my bear, we
drove off for home.
My bear helped to feed nearly 300
people at our annual Mill Run Camp
bear roast fundraiser that following
spring, and his beautiful full body
mount constantly reminds me of just
how big he really was. I later discovered
that the boar was nearly 10 years old.
He had made it through many bear
seasons, and my harvesting him was
just a matter of being at the right place
at the right time. Had I left my hunting
spot just a minute sooner, I never would
have even seen him. Without the help
of my family and friends, I never would
have gotten him off the mountain.
I am incredibly thankful for the
amazing opportunities that we hunters
have to pursue such an awesome
game animal here in Pennsylvania.
Bear hunting in Pennsylvania is
challenging, exciting and brings with
it some great camp traditions. Take it
from me, it is the stories of the past
that keep us anticipating the hunting
stories yet to be written. This is why I
keep venturing forth in Penn's Woods
each fall, because you never know what
might show up next.

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