This is yours truly with a 500 pound Michigan bear. Of the more than 40 bear that we have harvested this is the “KING!” There have been only five others taken that weighed over 300 pounds, so a bear of this size does not come along very often. My brother Darryl did take one with a bigger skull, but he weighed in at a puny 465 pounds.
The reason I mention this is that a 5 year old Arkansas boy killed a 445 pound bear just a few days ago. That is close to the size of the bear in the above picture! Tre Merritt was hunting with his grandfather from a tree stand around Dewitt Arkansas. Grandpa (Paw-paw) Mike said Tre did everything on his own. Tre’s father Wheatley Merritt said he started training his son how to shoot when he was 2-1/2 years old. Evidently the lessons paid off. This pint sized hunter also shot three dear last year.
Seems Tre has some pretty famous blood flowing through his hunting veins. Tre is the 10th. generation great grandson of none other than Davy Crockett. I seriously doubt if Davy “killed him a bear when he was only three!” I’d be more willing to bet that Tre is probably the youngest person to ever harvest a bear of this size-or any size for that matter!
I have yet to read the caliber weapon Tre was using-only that it was a youth gun. Evidently there is no age limit for hunting in Arkansas. That is a new one on me. Also the sheer size of the bear tells me it was a boar. Rumors are already circulating on the internet that it was a sow with a cub. I’ve read 10 articles so far, and none of them say anything about it being a sow with a cub. The anti-hunters do a good job of making law abiding hunters look like uncaring wacko’s who’s “blood lust” must be stopped, or all species will become extinct! The successful brainwashing, of the next couple generations, could have a huge impact on hunting and hunters in the near future. If the “misinformed” only realized that hunters are the most valuable “friend” the animals have!
You can read all about Tre and his Davy Crockett style exploits on the internet.