Easley man kills a 609-pound black bear near Landrum

10/23/2013 7:48 AM

10/23/2013 7:49 AM

An Easley man hunting deer in Landrum killed a 609-pound bear, which could be the largest in South Carolina history.

Heath Smith, of Easley, was hunting deer in the Landrum area of Spartanburg County when he saw a bear, the largest he'd ever seen, according to NewsChannel 7. Smith told the television station that he took the shot, killing the bear, and was able to move the black bear with a winch off of a pick-up truck. The bear weighed in at 609 pounds, besting the previous state record of 594 pounds, according to S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

According to DNR, black bears aren't uncommon in the southern portion of the United States and bear hunting has become more popular recently.

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