Danny Hall, of Ellijay, said it took seven people to drag his 515-lb. Gilmer County bow bear just 30 yards to the Polaris.
“And then we liked to have never got it in the back of the Polarius,” said Danny.
Danny took the once-in-lifetime bear on Sept. 10 on a piece of private land.
“It rained all afternoon,” said Danny. “I had about 30 minutes left, and I heard something behind me, and about that time I saw a doe come out in front of me, and she went up the hill.
“It wasn’t five minutes later, and I heard something behind me, and I turned around and couldn’t see a thing. I turned back around where the doe was at, and there the bear stood like it just appeared. I couldn’t see but the upper-third part of his body, but he was pointed up the hill like he was going to leave there. I made a quick shot, and I saw the arrow hit the mark. It would have been a 12 ring if we’d been shooting 3D.
“He didn’t run 30 yards and pile up. That’s a blessing I guarantee because there was a hole he was fixing to run into.”
Danny is talking with a local sporting goods store about having a full-body mount of the giant bear on display.
“I measured it, and I think it’s going to go Boone and Crockett. With the skin still on, it scored 24 inches,” said Danny.
To make the All-Time Boone & Crockett list for black bear, the skull must measure 21 inches.