It was the last day of archery elk season in Colorado, Sept. 25, when John Sanders saw one of the biggest black bears ever taken with a bow in Colorado.
The bear season aligns with the elk season, and after seeing bears last year, Sanders added a bruin tag to his elk tag. With the season dwindling, and no elk bugling, Sanders premonition to buy a bear tag paid off.
A 6-foot black bear came within 20 yards of Sanders, and he let out a true shot with his bow. The arrow dropped the bear almost in its tracks. According to the Denver Post, he knew he had a trophy, so got this skull officially measured this weekend at the Denver Bass Pro Shops.
Sander's bear came in with a measurement of 18 15/16 inches, which is nearly an inch larger than the minimum requirement for a Pope & Young bear, a rare entry from Colorado. –Brian McClintock
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