Hunter Takes 20 Years to Harvest Record Black Bear in Virginia
Clealan Dove has been hunting bear for more than 20 years in Virginia, and he had never harvested one. That changed last year when he went hunting with his son, and grandson in Rockingham County. Dove was able to take the bear with a single shot to the neck with his .308 rifle.
Dove's bear is now the largest ever harvested bear in Virginia. The news was announced Sunday during the 72nd Annual Eastern Regional and State Championship Big Game Contest at the Southampton County Fairgrounds. The bear weighed in at 592 pounds and had a skull score of 31 9/16 inch. The old record that Dove replaced had a score of 31 2/16 inches. The previous largest harvested bear was also taken in Rockingham County.
Dove had a life size mount at the contest on Sunday. From Tidewaternews.com.