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 – 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 bear’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 Petersen’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 – along with his father, uncle, brother and two cousins – got right to work unpacking the trucks before setting off into the woods.