Big Bear Hunting

By Bob Robb

If you want to shoot a whopper deer, elk or bear, you have to be hunting in an area where such critters exist. Seems like a simple concept, doesn’t it? And yet most hunters do not take the time to do the research necessary to tell them where the odds are best at scoring big.

As something of a bear hunting freak, I’ve been looking into big bear areas for years. In the old days doing so was heavy lifting. But today, with the aid of the Boone & Crockett Club’s online trophy database getting in the zone is pretty easy.

Here’s where the most B&C black bears of all time have come from, and how many have come from each state/province:

Big Bear States

OK, that’s cool, but where, exactly, in each of these places are the most record-book bears taken? Here’s the breakdown of the top 20 counties of all time for producing melon-headed bears:

Big Bear Counties

Of course there’s more to it than this, but this kind of data will get you started. You can do this same research for any big game animal in North America.

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