A 28-year-old Iraq War vet set a state record on his first ever bear hunt—with the first bear that walked by.
U.S. Army Capt. Matt Knox, a North Carolina native stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland, made good on a promise to his guides, Steve Monroe and Jim Webber of Grand Slam Guide Service. “I told them I was going to shoot the first bear I saw, as long as it wasn’t a cub or a sow with cubs,” Knox said after downing the 699-pound black bear near Greenville, Maine, on Sept. 7. “Fortunately, this was the first bear I saw.”
The big bruin topped the old record by 19 pounds, almost 19 years to the day after it was set.