“It was totally an experience for everybody:” Hunter bags 780-lb. black bear

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WAUPACA COUNTY (WITI) -- It's being called the hunt of a lifetime. A Waupaca County man says he's still in shock after bagging a big black bear over the weekend. The bear weighed in at a whopping 780 pounds!

Dennis Arndt says he was hunting on private property near Ogdensburg.

"This is Sampson, in broad daylight, coming in, checking out the bait," Arndt said.

Arndt says the old black bear known to those in the area as "Sampson" had eluded hunters for years. Arndt recorded trail camera video about a week ago.

"I say he's been a local monarch. All the neighbors are like 'did you see him? Did you see him?' Yup, he showed up this year for me," Arndt said.

Arndt says he saw the bear around dusk.

"You just knew. His big head came in, and you could just tell. He whipped at that log, and I'm like 'that's him.' I tried to take the clip off real slow," Arndt said.

Arndt says he shot once, and the bear ran into a nearby swamp. He called for help, but fumbled for his phone.

"I'm like 'who is this?' 'This is Jeremy.' I'm like 'I got him, I got him!' I don't even know which friend I dialed first. I told him 'get the crew together, I got Sampson,'" Arndt said.

Arndt and his crew dragged the bear out of the swamp on a sled.

"We used a big skid-steer to lift him up, because there is no way any of us was going to lift him out of the woods," Arndt said.

"I didn't know how really big it was until we got him to the certified truck scale, and weighed him. He was 780 pounds," Arndt said.

The DNR says the bear population is growing in Waupaca County, but wardens say they have never seen a bear this big.

"Some of the bears in the Waupaca area that I'm familiar with have been in that 400-500 pound range, and I hear about one a year. But this is just an incredible animal," DNR Conservation Warden Ben Tremel said.

Tremel says bear records are based on skull-size, and it will take a few months before anything is official.

Arndt says he's just glad his crew helped him bag the bear of a lifetime.

"It was totally an experience for everybody. It was amazing," Arndt said.

Arndt says the bear is already at the taxidermist. He says it could take up to two years for the full-mount to be completed.

33 comments

    • Jason

      Typical white trash, yahoo. These people are not part of a normal society. Any human being who has an ounce of respect for the beauty of nature and all living things within this ecosystem we live in, would not destroy an animal that has eluded the Wisconsin trash hunting it for decades. Watching this idiot tell his “story”, made me want to put my fist through his ugly face. Another sad and destructive example of the disease known as the Human Being.

  • Gearcheck

    well if the bear would have attacked a child/adult im positive you people wouldnt be so ignorant with your comments!!good for Dennis now he has the story of a lifetime to share with family and friends

    • Sheesh

      But he didn’t. He stayed away from people. Was of no threat to anyone. If it weren’t for hunters (if that’s what you call them) spying on wildlife with trail cams and setting up irresistible treat piles to ramp up their opportunities and make up for their lack of hunting skills, he would’ve remained a legend of the forest. It wasn’t a fair playing field for the bear.

    • Nancy Stanz

      Please read further accounts on the Jersey bear attacked. Police officials are investigating. It seems they are suspicious about the young men running but not able to hear the screams of the man who was killed. Suspicions around how the man actually died and if the bear was considering him to be just carrion. Still to be determined.

      • Sheesh

        The NJ bear that killed Mr. Patel was being photographed from about 50 yards away by the victim. He should not have treated the forest like the local zoo. His friends ran off to avoid the bear. Mr. Patel stayed around to take “selfies”. Not a good idea when there’s no fences between you and the bear.

  • Zuri

    Love how hunters “bait” the animal. You could see the spirit through that bears eyes. He lived a good life. Did you look that animal in the eyes when you shot him and he ran off in pain never to walk the earth again. So you can have your moment in glory. Story of a lifetime, really… you don’t know anything about the spirit of that animal you took. I suppose you will be hunting our enormous wolf population next. Build something up from extinction to cut it down by 25 %. I love hunting, but most of you are blind to the sacrifice that has taken place and the web of the planet that has been forever altered by your action.

    • grunt

      I don’t think anyone really believes you love hunting.
      How many deer were saved by harvesting this bear? How many animals would be saved from harvesting a wolf?

  • Mel

    I guess that’s what it takes for a pitiful little man to feel worthy and important. Disgusting. A majestic soul senselessy lost.

  • Mish

    Hard for most people to understand why these boys get so excited when they kill such a magnificent animal. How is it fun to hurt an animal that just wants to live its life? So immoral. I wish we could send all hunters to Syria to hunt Isis, but these cowards would not be so excited about the experience of hunting animals that can shoot back.

  • Dan Dinsmore

    Any person who hunts and kills these splendid animals is small, weak, stupid and pathetic. Dennis, you need to get laid…. LOSER!!!

  • Sheesh

    I don’t find it an incredible skill when a hunter lures his quarry in with bait. I find it unfair and cowardly to sit in a tree in safety watching your quarry follow his nose in for dinner while you take aim. You’re not on an even playing field.

  • Debra Kleck

    Truly disgusts me. I just read the story on someone paying $350.000 to hunt & kill an endangered black rhino. It’s so easy to hide behind something & kill. Hunting is NOT a sport! It’s another way to make a person feel “important”, I’ve heard the same excuse throughout the years why they hunt. Conservation? I think she should read the definition. she made a remark how no one will tell it to her face. C’mon. I will. You are uneducated about the wildlife. Tell me, where were you when you killed this animal? Instead of hiding, how about standing out in the open so the animal can see you?

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