Lee Weaver Sr. of Belle Fourche came home from a May hunting trip in Montana with a bear that will be long in his memory if not in the record book.
He said he and his wife were bear hunting when he took a huge black bear that's being officially measured for the Boone and Crockett record book.
Weaver wrote of his experience so other hunters would have a good idea about the hunt and the bear:
“I shot this color phase black bear May 19 in the Little Belt Mountains of Montana while spring bear hunting with my wife. The color phase bear is called a Hershey Bear, chocolate colored legs with a brown back.
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“When the bear was checked in for tagging purposes at Great Falls, the Montana Game Fish and Parks estimated the bear age in the mid 20s. This is an old bear, 450 pounds and 7 foot 4 inches. His upper teeth were worn off and in very poor condition. His estimated weight in the fall would be 600 pounds.
"His skull hasn’t been officially scored yet, but is estimated to be 22 inches, very high in the Boone and Crockett record book.
“I’ve seen the bear over the years, but he was always too smart to get close to until this spring. This bear was shot with a .260 Remington caliber. Our hunting technique is spot and stalk. I spotted the bear feeding about a half mile away and I took the one and a half hour stalk to close the distance to a 160-yard shot.”