It was only the second day of rifle season, but for one hunter in Pennsylvania, it was one he won’t forget.
About one hour into his hunt in Lackawanna County, Daniel Beavers fired two shots to take down the largest bear recorded in the state so far this season.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission said the bear weighed 772 pounds.
Beavers said he will find out in two months the skull’s size is a world record.
The 49-year-old said the kill was a tribute to his late father, who taught him to hunt at the age of 12.
The Covington Twp. resident just happened to take his father’s .30-60 rife with him that day instead of his usual 12-gauge shotgun.
‘I don’t know why I decided to take his gun,’ Beavers told The Times-Tribune.
‘I guess I was thinking about him.’
Adding to the excitement, Beavers said he has been hunting the same bear for four to five years.
He recognized the animal because of an unusual white ‘V’ on his chest.