HYDE COUNTY, N.C. — A Virginia man who was hunting in Eastern North Carolina Tuesday morning bagged the second largest bear ever killed in the state.
Thomas Capps of Richmond, Va., killed the bear in Fairfield in Hyde County, according to Colleen Olfenbuttel, a biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Capps told WTVR he first saw the bear about one hour into their hunt.
“There he was, coming out of a thicket at 150 yards away. I raised my .300 Winchester Magnum and took a shot that immediately knocked him down, but he got up, and I put two more rounds in him and that finished him off,” Capps told NorthCarolinaSportsman.com.
Olfenbuttel says the male bear was believed to be between 6 and 12 years old and officially weighed in at 782 pounds. He said the bear meat has been processed to be eaten.
The animal is the second largest bear bagged in North Carolina, behind an 880-pound bear killed in Craven County in 1998, Olfenbuttel said.