One of the biggest bears was killed by a man in Pennsylvania during the 2017 hunting season. Reports from CBS Pittsburgh indicate that the bear stood 7 feet tall and weighed 600 pounds.
"I would have taken a small one for my first one, but I can't complain about a 600-pounder," said hunter Bo Bowser.
The hunter, aged 25-year-old said he grew up in a hunting family. Fortunate enough, after 13 years of trying, Bowser shot and killed his first bear in Valley Township.
"He was down by a creek, so it was nice and loud," said Bowser. "I was able to sneak up on him."
When the bear turned around and looked at Bowser, his reaction was: "Whoa!"
The enthused hunter revealed that it took him four shots to take down the bear. He slowly floated the massive animal across a creek, and then called in help to get it to his ATV. "If we had shot him anywhere deep in the woods, we wouldn't have been able to get him out," said Bowser. Bowser's friends and dad all pitched in. "Five guys, 45 minutes to drag it 15 yards," he said.
He gave the meat to some friends. The bear is now at a taxidermist while he figures out whether to have it mounted, which could cost $3,000. "You can't just put it in the corner of your living room," said Bowser. "It would take up some serious space."
For the next hunting season, Bowser said he'll be back at it, but will keep his expectations in check.
"I mean, I'll never shoot a 600-pounder again," he said. "But, like I said, sometimes luck is on your side."
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Bowser's kill was not the biggest hunt of the season. The largest bear was killed in Venango County and it weighed 700 pounds. The pictures of the seven-foot-tall male black bear shows it on its stomach as Bowser poses next to it.