Dieter Herbert has a lot to be thankful for.
The 18-year-old Long Island, N.Y., native shot his first black bear over Thanksgiving weekend â€“ and the big bruiser could very well be the biggest taken in New York.
The big bear, shot in Greene County, N.Y., with a Remington Model 7 in .308, weighed 520 pounds gutted, placing the bearâ€™s live weight over 600 pounds, with the skull measuring a rough 22 inches.
Not bad at all for his first bruin, and Herbert was happy to share the details with Petersenâ€™s Hunting.
In his four years of hunting, Herbert never imagined he would shoot a bear like this, but it all came true last week in Greene County. After arriving for a family Thanksgiving on Thursday, Herbert â€“ along with his father, uncle, brother and two cousins â€“ got right to work unpacking the trucks before setting off into the woods.