A Pennsylvania man reportedly bagged the largest recorded black bear of the season when he successfully took it down with two shots fired from his deceased father’s rifle.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission said the bear shot by Daniel Beavers weighed 772 pounds, The Scranton Times-Tribune reported.
Beavers took his father’s .30-06 rifle instead of his usual 12-gauge shotgun and said the bear is a tribute to his late father, the newspaper reported.
“We worked together every day in the woods at the family logging business,” Beavers told the newspaper.
“I don’t know why I decided to take his gun. I guess I was thinking about him,” Beavers said of his father.
Beavers reportedly had been watching the bear, marked by an unusual white v on its chest, for four to five years.
The Boone and Crockett Club is currently determining whether the size of the bear’s skull is a world record, according to The Scranton Times-Tribune.