That’s gonna be one hell of a taxidermy bill:
La Grande, OR, October 11, 2012 – This past weekend, Steve West, founder and host of Steve’s Outdoor Adventures TV, officially secured the Muzzleloader World Record grizzly bear, eclipsing the previous score by a full three inches, at 26 2/16″ B&C . . .
The score was made official by Kenny Leo, a long-time B&C scorer based in Price, Utah. “This is an incredible bear,” said Leo, “and to take a world record on film for television is not something you see every day. It was a pleasure to be asked to score this bear for Steve.”
“Hunting with a muzzleloading gun is a magical experience. You only have one shot. It takes the exhilarating experience of hunting one step further, by combining the one shot challenge with a nostalgic awareness that hunting has been done this way well over 250 years.” said Dave Ehrig, for the Longhunter Society. “We take pride in all hunters’ accomplishments, but it’s quite special when a true trophy like Steve West’s grizzly bear crosses our desk. This was a fantastic accomplishment with a muzzleloader, particularly considering that he was doing it with the added challenge of a TV camera being present.”
West used a CVA .50 Caliber ACCURA V2 to make the 49 yard shot on the big grizzly. The bear was taken during a 10-day hunt in British Columbia with long-time friend and hunting celebrity Phil Phillips. West’s muzzleloader was topped with the Burris FastFire sight, and he was shooting the 405 grain Copper Powerbelt Bullets propelled by 150 grains of IMR whitehot pellets.
“I am extremely grateful to my sponsors and fans for making this hunt and my amazing hunting career possible,” said West. “Hopefully, public awareness from this hunt will encourage more people to pick up a CVA muzzleloader, start hunting and join the Longhunter Society.”
A two-part episode of the hunt recently aired on the Outdoor Channel and WILD TV, and can be viewed YouTube.com/SOAonline. The show features details of this world-record hunt, along with coastal black bear action featuring West, Phillips and some of West’s outfitter clients. More details on the airing can be found at stevesoutdooradventures.com.