Isle, Minn. — Shawn O’Connor had no intention of bagging a state record bear when he settled into his treestand on Sept. 9.
“I didn’t even know what the state record was,” O’Connor said. “I never wait for a big one. I hunt for the meat, so I usually take the first one that shows up.”
O’Connor has been hunting bruins for over 30 years. Prior to Sept. 9, the largest bear he ever harvested tipped the scales at 225 pounds. “I had clients get big bears,” O’Connor said. “I saw bears that weighed 553 pounds, 580 pounds, and one that was 611 pounds.”
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