Preeceville hunter brings down memorable bear

Blair Mitchell of Preeceville has been hunting bear for 31 years and was extremely thrilled to shoot the biggest bear of his lifetime.

While hunting southwest of Preeceville on June 4, he shot a black bear that weighed in at 530 pounds with a rifle at a bait site around 8:30 p.m.

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"The bear was the biggest I have ever seen," said Mitchell. "It was rutting following a sow. This amazing colour phase boar black bear stretched the tape at eight feet, four inches long. It has a skull size of 22 and 4/16 which makes it the sixth largest bear ever taken in Saskatchewan," he concluded.

Mitchell plans on having the bear mounted and on display at his home.