North Carolina finally confirmed the GIANT black bear taken by Billy Walkowiak as the 17th largest North Carolina record black bear ever taken in NC.
Billy’s North Carolina record black bear had an official weight of 647 pounds and was estimated to be nine years, nine months old. The record bruin was shot on a dog hunt in Hyde County, NC, a hotbed for big bears in the state. North Carolina grows BIG black bears, much bigger than the black bears in Canada.
As with any records program there are several ties at various weights heavier than his, with a total of 37 record bears larger than his bear.