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Old September 30th, 2009, 06:27 AM   #1
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NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- A Kent City man has some bragging rights after shooting, what could be, one of the biggest black bears found in Michigan. It's skull measured just under 23 inches.

"Oh, it was just really overwhelming", says Don Corrigan. The avid hunter says he waited nine years for a bear tag from the State of Michigan. When he finally got one this year, he went to Newaygo County with his 10 year old son and a family friend. They spotted the bear on their trail camera. "I didn't really know how big the bear was. Knew it was maybe 300 pounds. He actually dressed or weighed 440 pounds."

When Don spotted the bear, it was less than 40 yards away. It took just one shot from his rifle to bring the bear down. "It wasn't until the next day, when I showed him to people. I didn't really realize how big he was until then."

Don immediately had the bear scored by an official measurer from the Boone and Crockett Club. That's a national conservation organization the keeps records of big game. "It's definitely number two in Michigan. There's another one that scored 23. This one scored 22 15/16."

According to Boone and Crockett, Don's bear, if verified, will likely be the biggest ranked bear in Michigan. Right now, nationally, the biggest was 23 10/16th's, taken from Utah in 1975. But, the largest bear ranked in Michigan was 22 3/16th's, in 2000 from Menominee County. The other bear that measured 23 inches around the skull was never verified by a panel of judges, so it was never given an official ranking.

For Don and his son, Jake, it's been an adventure they'll never forget. The head of the big bear will soon be added to their basement walls. "I think that it's just really cool", says Jake.

"Everybody's really excited. When I show it to people, a lot of them, their first reaction is they couldn't believe a bear, that big, lives in Newaygo County."

Don says he will be going through the Boone and Crockett verification process. He should know by the end of the year, how his bear ranks nationally.


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Old September 30th, 2009, 06:35 AM   #2
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The scary part is no one has a clue that there are over 200 tagged bears in Newyago County. This info was told to me from a C.O. earlier this summer when I was talking to him. Thats just the bears they were able to tag!!!!!
We had one running around the neighborhood last summer, It bent my sisters wrought iron bird feeder which was 15/16in dia flat to the ground for the suet that was on it. This was 1/4 mile from my house.
The worse part is there are a few around the 500+lb mark that were tagged.
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Old September 30th, 2009, 07:15 AM   #3
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True... My Mom swears she saw one in her back yard a couple of years ago. It seams like every year there is a sighting around Howard City. She lives just north of 46 next to 131.
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Old September 30th, 2009, 07:27 AM   #4
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I know a place over the border visible from michigan where we shoot bears. Two were around 600 lbs and we have shot a few in the 400 - 500 range. All were black bears. damn border. Otherwise the record could be in my family.

STILL AN EXCELLENT BEAR THOUGH
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Old September 30th, 2009, 07:29 AM   #5
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I live just inside the Newaygo County line off of 82. Its heavly wooded and bears could live there and not be noticed.
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I've seen bears in Muskegon Co near Scenic Dr/River Rd area.
They weren't as big as this guy, by best guesstimate , 200-250lbs
...probably just babies.
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I live just inside the Newaygo County line off of 82. Its heavly wooded and bears could live there and not be noticed.
you're probably near my brother. He's north of 82, just west of newcosta.
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The scary part is no one has a clue that there are over 200 tagged bears in Newyago County. This info was told to me from a C.O. earlier this summer when I was talking to him. Thats just the bears they were able to tag!!!!!
We had one running around the neighborhood last summer, It bent my sisters wrought iron bird feeder which was 15/16in dia flat to the ground for the suet that was on it. This was 1/4 mile from my house.
The worse part is there are a few around the 500+lb mark that were tagged.
Scary? What's scary about it? Did you know black bears are more afraid of humans than you may be of the bear. Most of these bears will turn and run at any site or near sent of a human. They are generally only protective when cubs are around.
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Is bear meat really that good?

If for trophy only...........
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Did he shoot that thing in the nose?


Thanks for the info below Bow Extreme.

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Did he shoot that thing in the nose?
I'm going to say no. Most bears bleed heavily from the nose when massive internal damage is done just as a human generally would.
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Old September 30th, 2009, 10:07 AM   #12
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i thought the title was 'that's a big ass beer'
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Old September 30th, 2009, 10:16 AM   #13
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The scary part is no one has a clue that there are over 200 tagged bears in Newyago County. This info was told to me from a C.O. earlier this summer when I was talking to him. Thats just the bears they were able to tag!!!!!
We had one running around the neighborhood last summer, It bent my sisters wrought iron bird feeder which was 15/16in dia flat to the ground for the suet that was on it. This was 1/4 mile from my house.
The worse part is there are a few around the 500+lb mark that were tagged.
are you that scared of an animal? yea i get a bear can do some damage but i dont see how its the worse part that some bears are big. and how you get that its scary to see a bear.
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That bear's head looks far larger than "23 inches around". Do they mean 23" wide and not circumference?
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Got damn! Yogi Bear got him some pic-a-nic baskets!
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If for trophy only...........
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I bet that bear was having a nice day, out foraging, getting ready to head home and just chill. Sometimes humans suck.
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i know im a little farther north, but i have bears around my house all the time.
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you're probably near my brother. He's north of 82, just west of newcosta.

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Scary? What's scary about it? Did you know black bears are more afraid of humans than you may be of the bear. Most of these bears will turn and run at any site or near sent of a human. They are generally only protective when cubs are around.
no, I'm not afraid of them, hell I have been within 15 feet of them in Canada, I was talking about the normal public not having a clue how many are around Newaygo County.
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That bear was shot 5 miles north of my house by the hill top party store by my Brother in law''s cousin. It was just a mile from Hardy Dam.
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