Dan Gooden, on his third
sit, at a particular stand arrowed a monster Black Bear at
thirteen yards. This was the ninth different bear in
three evenings, four browns and five blacks. Dan was
shooting a Parker Super Mag 35 with Muzzy 100 grain broadheads.
The broadhead demonstrated just how devastating a bow and arrow
can be. The blood trail was unbelievable and could be
followed on the dead run, roughly three feet wide and
solid red for the 70 some odd yards from impact until
This bruin tipped the
scales at a whopping 480 pounds and only measured 65 inches in
length from nose to tail. This is not a particularly long bear for such a large body weight. The
circumference around the middle of the body was 58 inches.
The base of the neck was 36 inches in circumference. All
these measurements were taken off the skinned carcass.
The skull measured an unofficial, staggering, 21 and
9/16's. This will no doubt be one of the largest bears
harvested by archery in the '05 spring season.
It is also worth mentioning
that Dan was wearing a Scent-Lok suit and had
H.S. Scents Earth Scent Wafers on his hat. This bear
approached Dan's stand from directly down wind and the
results speak for themselves.
Congratulations to Dan!