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.