New World Record Kamchatka Brown Bear


Published: May - 2003

You may have heard that a new SCI world record Kamchatka brown bear was taken last year. The bruin squared out at 10 feet, six inches and had a skull measurement of 29 8/16, beating the old record by a half inch. The lucky hunter was Mike Egger of Union, Illinois. He booked the hunt through George Sevich of Eurasian Expeditions. We spoke to both Egger and Sevich this month to get the skinny on this trophy. Here's what they told us:

The hunt took place in a remote area of southern Kamchatka near a reserve that is closed to hunting. Sevich says that a number of large bears come out of the reserve each spring and that the area in general has not been hunted, which means there are many bears here. Indeed, Egger says he saw over 60 bears on this hunt, but held out for a truly large trophy. He hunted with a family-run outfit that specializes in trapping and fishing. They use a series of cabins throughout the area as base camps and range out as far as possible on snowmobiles to spot and stalk bears. Egger says he and his guide rode out until they hit mountains and then struck out on foot, crossing two mountain ridges to glass for bears. He spotted several within a few hundred yards of one another and was trying to decide which one to check more closely when he noticed what appeared to be a large bear about 1½ miles away. Even at that distance, he says it he could tell it was larger than the others he was looking at, and they set off on a four-hour stalk.

When he and his guide were close, Egger says the bear hid in a heavily wooded area close to a small river. Because of swirling winds, he says they could not get around him to check his paw print and confirm the size of the animal. He decided to go with his instinct and went in for the shot. At 50 yards, he shot the boar, which turned........(continued)

 
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