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    Has anybody else seen this?I had it emailed to me today.

    Bear Killed by John Deere Combine in Wilsons Virginia

    A huge hibernating male black bear was killed Dec. 2nd in Northern Dinwiddie County when it was hit by a combine.

    Neil Schlough of was harvesting corn in a field on the Westhurst Farm at about 5o' clock that evening a few miles south of the Amelia county line, just off of South Cox Road , or about 5 miles south of Amelia County
    The bear was denning in the field, having dug a hole about a foot deep to lay in and pulled in debris from the corn stalks in on top of itself.

    According to his wife, Phyllis, Neil came upon the bear with the outside row of his combine head and drove the outside snout into the animal's neck and shoulder and pushed it about six or seven feet. She said Neil felt the combine strike something and the outside snout was pushed up into the air (the combine wasn't damaged). "He stepped out of the combine and saw that he had hit an animal," she said. "At first he thought one of our dairy steers over there had gotten out, went in the corn field, ate too much corn and died." But it didn't take long for Neil to realize it was a bear, but it did take longer to realize how big it was. She said he called her and told her he thought it weighed about 300 pounds.

    The VDGIF was called immediately and Conservation Warden Jim Cleven responded. A skid steer was taken to the field, and the bear was lifted up so that it could be dressed out. "With the lights ... we could see that it was a pretty big bear," Phyllis said. "But we had no idea until the locker plant put it on a scale that it weighed as much as it did."

    The bear was taken to the Fort Pickett Locker Plant to be prepared for mounting. It was there that the animal was first weighed and measured. Field dressed, the bear weighed in at 618 pounds and measured 7 feet from head to tail. The Schloughs were told at the locker that they could add 80 to 100 pounds, depending on the size animal, to reach an approximate actual weight. "So we figure that bear had to weigh at least 700. We figure 700 to 720," Phyllis said. It's too early to tell if the massive animal will break any records since the skull has to be dried for 60 days before it can be scored.
    Phyllis says they believe it has the potential to break the state mark and will probably break the Dinwiddie County record.

    VDGIF wildlife specialist Jess Carstens said, "This is a thing that, for whatever reason, is happening quite regularly that [bears] are denning up in the middle of fields and corn fields seem to be particularly common due to the amount of debris from harvesting the c orn that's on the ground. There's a little more stuff to pull in on top of them as they snuggle into the hold that they've dug."

    Phyllis reported that they frequently see bears on their land. And she said she recently saw a sow and cub in a corn field that was being harvested.

    A full-body mount

    After paying $75 to keep the bear, Neil is having the bear full-body mounted by Tom Persons, owner of TP Taxidermy of Sutherland
    "He's hardly ever had time to hunt or fish or anything because of farming," Phyllis said of Neil. " And so, he's going to keep the bear, and he's going to have it mounted. He's really proud of his trophy." She said they were told by Persons that he'll have to use a grizzly bear form to mount the bear because there aren't black bear mounts big enough to do the job. Person reportedly also believes the bear to be 15 to 20 years old, but a tooth will be pulled during the mounting process to determine its age..

    According to, male bears can reach 660 pounds, but exceptionally large males can weigh up to 800 pounds.

    Phyllis said Neil was recently trying to come up with a name for the huge animal that will soon occupy a large amount of space somewhere in their home. "I thought this was kind of funny. He said, 'I'm going to name that thing Hercules.' ... I thought Hercules for that bear was a good name."


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    I recieved the same email except ,it stated this happened in Wisconsin.I dont think it was in Virginia.That is a big bear but we got them bigger in VA.The club I hunt with have killed a few between 600 and 800 pounds and I believe still hold the state record.That is a huge bear though but the e mail I recieved stated it was in dunn count ,Wis.

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    WDNR confiscates Huge Bear that was hit by combine

    This is a story that seems to never end. A few weeks ago it was reported that a farmer near Boyceville Wi. killed a very big bear by accident one night while harvesting corn on his farm. Apparently there is more to the story than was initially reported.

    On the night the bear was killed the DNR and the farmer agreed on a fee that both were agreeable to, after some haggling I might add the farmer paid $75 to the WDNR to have the bear tagged legally so that the farmer could keep the bear.

    Apparently the agreement of the legal tagging has been rescinded and the DNR has confiscated the bear. A North Dakota man has confessed to shooting the bear during the nine day deer season this year.

    This North Dakota man was part of a group of 4 hunters who hunted on the farmers land during the 08 deer season.

    The bear was still alive after the farmer hit the bear with his combine and they were having a hard time getting someone to come out and check on the bear from the DNR.

    The bear was hit in the neck area by the head of the combine and that is what they thought had fatally injured the bear.

    Apparently the game warden that came to the farm on the night that the bear was killed did not properly investigate the scene.

    As far as I can tell none of the people involved had any idea they were dealing with a possible record setting bear.

    It was dark out and a complete inspection was not done on the bear by the DNR. The farmer and the game warden agreed on a price, the farmer paid the price and the deal was done.

    Now the DNR states that the bear was killed by a gunshot to the neck.

    How did the DNR get this new information? Apparently the North Dakota hunter told one of his hunting buddies about shooting at a bear while hunting on the farmers land and the rumors started flying around the area. It didnā€™t take long before the rumor was picked up by the DNR and they investigated.

    While this was going on the farmer had the bear processed and the hide taken to a taxidermist for mounting. After all, this turned out to be a rather large bear and he had been told that he should have the bear mounted. He paid $1000 to the taxidermist to start the job.

    There are other rumors flying around regarding this bear. There was one that says that Cabellaā€™s offered the farmer $10,000 for the bear. The farmer has denied this report.

    When the DNR confiscated the bear from the taxidermist it was confirmed that there indeed was a gunshot hole in the bears neck.

    What a mess, now the farmer is out $1000, and the DNR is embarrassed for not investigating this event properly in the first place.
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