On October 18th, Caleb Henry of Fines Creek, North Carolina, broke the record for the largest black bear harvested in Western North Carolina. The 21-year-old now holds the new record, with the bear weighing in at an outstanding 695 pounds. The previous record, harvested in Madison County, North Carolina, was 688 pounds.
Caleb Henry and his best friend, Lucas Teague, began their hunt for black bear on Oct. 17th, the opening day of the North Carolina season. On that day, Teague harvested his first bear, weighing 475 pounds. After the successful opening day, Henry and Teague were eager to get back out there for their next hunt.
On their second early, cold morning in Haywood county, Henry reported that it didn’t take long for them to begin their pursuit of another bear. “Within five minutes of turning them loose, the dogs jumped the bear and started walking it through the woods,” Henry told MeatEater.
At this point, Henry began doing everything he could to get ahead of the bear for a…