Grizzly Bear Shoot Misses World Record by 7/16″

 Dead grizzly (courtesy Boone & Crockett Club)

Press Release:

The largest grizzly bear ever taken by a hunter has been entered into Boone and Crockett records. The big bruin, taken in 2013 near Fairbanks, Alaska, scores 27-6/16. It missed the World’s Record mark by 7/16 of an inch but landed a spot as the second-largest grizzly ever recorded. The reigning World’s Record is a skull found in Alaska in 1976. Bears are scored based on skull length and width measurements . . .

Conservationists use Boone and Crockett trophy data to gauge outstanding habitat, strong recruitment of game animals into older age classes, sustainable harvest objectives and other elements of sound wildlife management and fair-chase hunting.

Grizzlies are symbols of our willingness to accommodate large predators and wilderness, but hunter Larry Fitzgerald of Fairbanks found his trophy boar in a location that seems counterintuitive.

“One would think that a relatively accessible area, with liberal bear hunting regulations to keep populations in line with available habitat and food, would be the last place to find one of the largest grizzly bears on record,” said Richard Hale, chairman of the Boone and Crockett Club’s Records of North American Big Game committee.

Hale said the area is being managed for an overpopulation of grizzlies. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game liberalized hunting regulations to help balance and control bear predation on moose. Baiting is allowed although Fitzgerald stalked his trophy.

“Grizzly populations are doing well across all their ranges. That includes populations in the Lower 48 states that are currently federally protected under the Endangered Species Act, but will soon be up for delisting and management authority turned over to the watchful eye of state wildlife managers,” said Hale.

Hale added that Boone and Crockett Club recognizes found or picked-up trophies, like the reigning World’s Record grizzly which scores 27-13/16, alongside hunter-taken trophies because all are useful for documenting historic conservation successes.


  1. avatar Jug says:

    Now he knows how my dad felt when he turned in the next to the biggest beaver pelt to Strange Brothers hide company in Sioux City, IA years ago.

    The one that beat him was from the 1800’s.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      I remember a few epic beavers myself….

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        As an interesting aside, a very young Robert Blake co-starred in 23 “Red Ryder” films. His character’s name was “Little Beaver.”

        Keep your eye on the sparrow.

        1. avatar Gunr says:

          Was his first name “Epic”?

    2. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Looks like he still has a record, as the only larger was a skull which may be from 10,000 years ago and died of old age.

  2. avatar Bigred2989 says:


  3. Now that’s one big bear.

  4. avatar William Burke says:

    Seems he may have come there to be “managed”.

  5. avatar J.C. says:

    Holy Crap, I don’t ever want to see a bear anywhere nearly that big. Period. Unless I’m hunting it, and maybe not even then. What a huge animal…

    Can you eat bear?

    1. avatar JR says:


      Can be a bit fatty, but like most wild game, the proof of the result is in the handling after harvest.

      1. avatar Jeremy S says:

        I had it in Canada on a fishing trip some time ago. Yeah, a bit greasy but it was fine.

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      Some days you eat the bear. Some days the bear eats you.

    3. avatar Gunr says:

      “Can you eat bear”
      Sure, as long as you do it before he eats you!

  6. avatar BDub says:

    Whats the big deal? I miss world records by waaaay more than that all the time!

    1. avatar GeeSmith2 says:

      Bravo! Well played!

  7. avatar JR says:


    (Response to BDub)

  8. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    If I don’t draw my moose tag for Montana, it’s back to Alaska for another go round on a coastal brown.
    Mmmmmm, sausage, roasts, loins….

    1. avatar rlc2 says:

      Ever notice a jolt from the bear meat?
      Something about the sausage…or the butcher slipped in some little blue pills…

  9. avatar MrPredictable says:

    I see mobile reply is still not working.

    “Can you eat bear?”

    Yes but most people don’t eat grizzly bear. The taste is bad. Black bear, on the other hand, is quite good depending on the time of year and diet of the animal.

    Being from interior alaska this has made me reconsider my outdoor sidearm of choice being in .357 sig.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Yeah, I’m thinking a .500 something. Or two.

  10. avatar Philthegardner says:

    The funny thing about Alaska grizzly is that when you ACCIDENTALLY run into one (about 35 yards from a bend in the river) they pretty much look like a Boone and Crockett record holder in size or even bigger.

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      The pile in my pants would probably look that big, too!

  11. avatar Richard69 says:

    Any word on what firearm/caliber he used?

    1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      One story mentions a Sako 300. Since that’s not a model number, it’s probably caliber. Just doesn’t mention 300 what…
      Another story says a neck shot at about 20 yards.

      1. avatar Ryan says:

        20 yards from a bear that big! WTF!

      2. avatar LarryinTX says:

        That big? I would have to guess a 300 triple magnum with nuclear bullets.

    2. avatar Gregolas says:

      I heard he killed it with a pitchfork.

  12. avatar LJM says:

    What Richard said ^^^

  13. avatar DisThunder says:

    That’s one helluva shoot. Very impressive.

    Is it a weird that seeing that beast dead kinda bums me out? I don’t have any affinity for deer or elk, really, and coyotes are respected, not revered, but for some reason I don’t know that I could ever hunt a bear.
    Not that he’d have any such reservations about eating me for lunch, mind you…

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Well, if I ran into it alive, I can guarantee I would wish someone had killed it!

  14. avatar pc_load_letter says:

    Seems like a waste to me. Never understood trophy hunting. Why kill for the sake of killing?

    1. avatar foggy says:

      Then don’t do it.

    2. avatar Hasdrubal says:

      I wouldn’t do it either, but remember that humans are apex predators. We didn’t get to be this successful as a species without having a bit of killer instinct. Also, I didn’t see anywhere in the article that he wasn’t planning on eating it or donating the meat for consumption, but I’ve been up far too many hours already. If it’s there, I plain missed it.

  15. avatar Jagfix says:

    Don’t post these pictues. This is TTAG. No need for these dead animal posts.

    1. avatar Richard Henry Seigle says:

      For God’s Sake put on your big boy panties!

  16. avatar Azman says:

    Seriously? Unless that was sarcasm, the site is about guns. This involves a gun, and something got shot. If you don’t like it, go elsewhere.

    1. avatar Jagfix says:

      I suppose if people including children who got shot with a firearm should have pictures posted also??? Just because it was taken down by a firearm doesn’t mean it should be posted here. This isn’t the site for that.

      1. avatar JR says:

        Do you own the site?

      2. avatar LarryinTX says:

        WTF did that gibberish even mean?

  17. avatar Mediocrates says:

    what a waste.

  18. avatar CoolBreeze72 says:

    “Can you skin grizz, Pilgrim?”

    1. avatar LarryinTX says:

      Lordy, just think of the proverbial bearskin rug. Nice fireplace, some good wine, and a few mellow ladies…

  19. avatar lolinski says:

    He stalked a grizzly?

    That takes…something.

  20. avatar LarryinTX says:

    I am old and weak, now, but I think on my best day ever, I’d have run screaming if someone suggested I go stalk a huge grizzly. Damn.

  21. avatar jax teller says:

    What a great bear

  22. avatar Somewhat Reticent says:

    Bear meat is just like most other – greasy if over-fed, bad flavor if excited when harvested: contented prey is mild-flavored prey.

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