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 state record AND world record heaviest black bear is an 880 pound bear taken in 1998 with a shotgun, also on a hound hunt, in Craven County.
Coastal North Carolina bears are larger on average than mountain bears. During the 2003-2004 season, North Carolina produced 48 bears in excess of 500 pounds at the coast but only six bears weighing more than 500 pounds in the mountains. Probably because of the agriculture in the coastal areas. North Carolina does not allow baiting, but planting a food plot and hound hunting are both legal. Bears love sweet corn, turnips, persimmons and berries.
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.