Hunter takes big black bear

An 8-foot 1-inch black bear was killed by a hunter earlier this week in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Shelley Coulson and her husband Jeff have a bear baiting station where they’ve hunted for 10 years, and Sunday Shelley Coulson killed the biggest bear to date, she said.

Shelley Coulson said in a written account of the hunt that she and her husband were sitting in their bait station when the bear came within 20 yards and then another smaller bear came within the site. The two bears smelled each other, Coulson said.

The larger bear then turned broadside to Coulson and she was able to get a clean shot through her cross hairs.

“From 20 yards away, I had a chance then to shoot the bear, rather than wait for him to enter the feeding area,” Coulson said.

According to Coulson’s account, she shot the bear through the lung with her 7-mm magnum and he dropped immediately, and then Coulson dispatched the bear with one shot in the back of the head.

The next day, Coulson brought the bear to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to have the hide sealed, measured and to conduct the necessary paperwork that is mandatory after killing a bear on the Refuge.

“He had a 34-inch neck,” Coulson said. “That’s my husband’s waist size.”

Coulson said the skull measured more than 19 inches, and is close to the Boone and Crockett guidelines of 20-inches.

Fish and Game wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger took a look at the bear and said it was comparable to other large bears on the Kenai Peninsula, but it was still a good size.

“It’s a nice mature male, a very nice bear,” Selinger said.

The black bear baiting season on the Refuge continues until June 30.

More

Clear skies

We knew it would gush rain all weekend but decided to go anyway. I sliced off the top of a plastic milk jug and said... Read more