Ontario Record Black Bear for Crossbow

Ken Loya Jr. holds the Ontario Record Black Bear for Crossbow when he took a monster size 702-pound Black Bear back in 2005. (picture below)

Now he has beaten his own record with this 780-pound Black Bear, which he harvested on October 9 / 2007 in the township of Calvin. (Picture right)

Here is the story

When most people encounter a 354-kilogram (780 pounds) black bear in the woods, they run away as fast as they can.

But when Ken Loya Jr. saw such a bear last week, he steadied his crossbow and squeezed the trigger.

780 pound Black Bear Harvested in 2007

For the past five weeks, Loya has been hunting over his bear bait near Mattawa, where the 26-year-old avid bear hunter lives, in the hopes of drawing out the monster bruin he'd first learned about in August.

"I'd been hunting that bear since Sept. 1. I started baiting that area around Aug. 13 and I had a few bears coming into the area, but I knew there was one humungous one out there because I'd seen his tracks."

"It's not an easy task, though. I spent two months on this bear alone . . . But I finally got him," Loya said. "If you want to get a big one, you gotta put the time in and you can't shoot the first one you see. It's a lot of work, that's for sure."

702 pound Black Bear Harvested in 2005

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