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During the 11 years he has owned #9 Lake Outfitters in Bridgewater, Don Burnett has captured plenty of trail camera photos of monster black bears. "I've seen pictures of what I thought were huge bears, 500-pound bears, but they always come in at night, midnight or 3 in the morning," said Burnett, who owns the sporting lodge with his girlfriend and business partner, Louise Merrill. "That's the old story. That's how they got big: They're smart [and avoided coming to bait sites during daylight hours, when humans might be there]." Every now and then, he'd hear of other outfitters bagging a 500-pounder, but the largest bear one of his hunters ever shot weighed about 350 pounds, he said. That all changed on the opening night of this year's bear season, as two of his hunters took 500-pounders within 15 minutes of each other, while hunting in stands about 6 miles apart. One of those hunters, D ick Harwood of Peru, New York, shot a 516-pounder, live weight, with a crossbow. Burnett thinks that's a state crossbow record. At nearly the same time, Mike Czesnowski of Monroe, Connecticut, shot a 545-pounder with a firearm.

https://bangordailynews.com/2020/09/23/outdoors/2-hunters-shoot-500-pound-bears-on-the-same-day-with-the-same-outfitter/
 
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