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New Jersey Record Black Bear Killed

by Dylan Polk   |  December 20th, 2011 4
New Jersey black bear

Photo by Chris Wyman Photography

New Jersey has a new record black bear, but the hunter wasn’t out looking for big bruins.

According to the (Parsippany, N.J.) Daily Record, Bruce Headley, 62, of Milton, N.J., shot the the 829-pound live weight bruin while deer hunting in the woods about a half-mile from a nearby high school.

But Headley said a couple big bucks would have been better.

“I would have traded getting two bucks instead of the bear,” Headley said, adding that he and his family prefer venison to a good bear burger. Headley missed his opportunity at a deer on the opening day of bear and deer season, but had seen the big bear raiding an apple tree in his backyard since September.

After shooting and weighing the bear, Headley donated the big bruin to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, which hopes to have the bear mounted and put on display at the Pequest Natural Resource Education Center, a testament to New Jersey’s black bear conservation and resurgence of the species in the Garden State.


    I grew up in NW New Jersey 30 yrs ago and people only talked about seeing bears, now it seems they all have been run out of the Poconos and into northern jersey.

  • Guest

    I hope hes the only dumb F—— hunter in New Jersey

    • Tommy

      Heee’s noootttt! =)

  • Bill

    We see bears weekly up here in Northern NJ…..Now they are all over the place…too many bears now…this 829 wastaken 2 miles from my house-right in the middle of suburban NJ! I tell people not to go to Canada for a black bear hunt but to come to NJ !! Bigger bears……less expensive trip….helps reduce the population around here…

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