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    Bear Killed by John Deere Combine in Wisconsin...BAB!!

    Big A** Bear

    (Sorry for the 1000 word sentence, it's the way I got it)

    A huge hibernating male black bear was killed Nov. 26 in northern Dunn
    County when it was hit by a combine. Neil Schlough of Boyceville was
    harvesting corn in a field on the Pinehurst Farm at about 7 o'clock that
    evening a few miles south of the Dunn/Barron county line, just off of
    County Road VVV, or about 22 miles north of Menomonie. The bear was denning in
    the field, having dug a hole about a foot deep to lay in and pulled in debris
    from the corn stalks in on top of itself. According to his wife, Phyllis,
    Neil came upon the bear with the outside row of his combine head and
    drove the outside snout into the animal's neck and shoulder and pushed it about
    six or seven feet. She said Neil felt the combine strike something and
    the outside snout was pushed up into the air (the combine wasn't damaged).
    "He stepped out of the combine and saw that he had hit an animal," she said.
    "At first he thought one of our dairy steers over there had gotten out, went
    in the corn field, ate too much corn and died." But it didn't take long for
    Neil to realize it was a bear, but it did take longer to realize how big
    it was. She said he called her and told her he thought it weighed about 300
    pounds. The DNR was called immediately and Conservation Warden Jim Cleven
    responded. A skid steer was taken to the field, and the bear was lifted
    up so that it could be dressed out. "With the lights ... we could see that
    it was a pretty big bear," Phyllis said. "But we had no idea until the
    locker plant put it on a scale that it weighed as much as it did." The bear was
    taken to the Augusta Locker Plant to be prepared for mounting. It was
    there that the animal was first weighed and measured. Field dressed, the bear
    weighed in at 618 pounds and measured 7 feet from head to tail. The
    Schloughs were told at the locker that they could add 80 to 100 pounds,
    depending on the size animal, to reach an approximate actual weight. "So
    we figure that bear had to weigh at least 700. We figure 700 to 720,"
    Phyllis said. It's too early to tell if the massive animal will break any records
    since the skull has to be dried for 60 days before it can be scored.
    Phyllis says they believe it has the potential to break the state mark and will
    probably break the Dunn County record. More common DNR wildlife
    specialist Jess Carstens said, "This is a thing that, for whatever reason, is
    happening quite regularly that [bears] are denning up in the middle of fields and
    corn fields seem to be particularly common . due to the amount of debris
    from harvesting the c orn that's on the ground. There's a little more
    stuff to pull in on top of them as they snuggle into the hole that they've
    dug." Phyllis reported that they frequently see bears on their land. And she
    said she recently saw a sow and cub in a corn field that was being harvested.
    A full-body mount After paying $75 to keep the bear, Neil is having the
    bear full-body mounted by Tom Persons, owner of TP Taxidermy. "He's hardly
    ever had time to hunt or fish or anything because of farming," Phyllis said of
    Neil. " And so, he's going to keep the bear, and he's going to have it
    mounted. He's really proud of his trophy.." She said they were told by
    Persons that he'll have to use a grizzly bear form to mount the bear
    because there aren't black bear mounts big enough to do the job. Person
    reportedly also believes the bear to be 15 to 20 years old, but a tooth will be
    pulled during the mounting process to determine its age.. According to
    Wikipedia.com <http://>; , male bears can reach 660 pounds, but
    exceptionally large males can weigh up to 800 pounds. Phyllis said Neil
    was recently trying to come up with a name for the huge animal that will soon
    occupy a large amount of space somewhere in their home

    "I thought this was kind of funny. He said, 'I'm going to name that thing
    Hercules.' ... I thought Hercules for that bear was a good name."


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    Get attacked by that thing or cut one of your own fingers off with a hatchet?
    “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”

    "In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

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    Actually, the bear was illegally shot out of season and was either dead or dying in the field when the combine hit it. The farmer was given a tag by the DNR when it was first thought to have been killed by the combine. The carcass was taken to a taxidermist who found gunshot holes, hence the DNR was called. The bear was confiscated and eventually the guy that originally shot it was found and arrested. I think this happened in the last year or two. If I find a link, I'll post it. Either was, it was a huge bear.

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    [QUOTE= If I find a link, I'll post it. Either was, it was a huge bear.[/QUOTE]
    Here ya go.

    http://www.dunnconnect.com/articles/...7748330990.txt

    Such a shooting was reported to have occurred in November 2008. A North Dakota man, who will not be named until he is charged, confessed to shooting a bear two days before Thanksgiving on the farm of Neil and Phyllis Schlough. The DNR did not discover the poaching incident until after an investigation was concluded — causing the agency to reverse its previous decision to sell the bear carcass to the couple.

    A day after the bear had been shot, Neil Schlough accidentally hit the bear with his combine while working at night. The DNR sold the remains to the Schloughs for $75, giving them a tag and possession of the 700-pound bear.

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    After reading that, I think the couple that hit it with the combine have a pretty strong case to claim ownership of the bear IMO. That has to be thee biggest black bear that I've ever seen!

    Here is a qoute from the article

    "In response to whether the combine was the bear’s true killer, Hausman spoke about X-rays that show bullet fragments inside the beast’s skull and noted, “More than likely, the bear was deceased.”"

    I didn't lnow breasts had skulls must be a tough way to go, hit in the tit

    Thanks for the information UNW

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    That is one huge Black Bear..Huge!

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    That's a huge bear.



    But that picture's angle makes it look much bigger then it really is.

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    Geez, what an awful death...

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    So the guy shot it just for pleasure? What a man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasperST View Post
    So the guy shot it just for pleasure? What a man.
    We have SOOOOO many poachers in our area its rediculous, sometimes I dont know what ****es me off more about this job.....but they are in the top 10 for sure.

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    Is that woman collecting a trophy?
    ...hunter of the shadows is rising...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasperST View Post
    So the guy shot it just for pleasure? What a man.
    This is the same basic area where the guy shot 3 people with an AR-15 when arguing about deer hunting a few yrs ago...................
    "Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon - no matter how good you are, the pigeon will still crap all over the board and strut around like it won anyway."



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    Quote Originally Posted by SkepticAlways View Post
    Is that woman collecting a trophy?
    HA, I never noticed that in the picture. Most folks don't know that bears have penis bones. Was given one by a taxidermist and I made a nice necklace out of one. Got another in the freezer given to me by a local on the indian reservation, but the 'meat' is still on it and I'm debating on how to remove it - scrape it or boil it?

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    I think most male animals have penis bones if i recall correctly. Humans are one of the exceptions (not that I think of humans as animals).

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    Who runs a combine at night? I think they were trying to help their friend cover up. He was hunting on their property, so they had to have heard shots.
    Molly Weasley makes Chuck Norris eat his vegetables.


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    Quote Originally Posted by willowdared View Post
    Who runs a combine at night? I think they were trying to help their friend cover up. He was hunting on their property, so they had to have heard shots.
    You've got to be kidding?! Who runs a....oh...I thought you said concubine. Nevermind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willowdared View Post
    Who runs a combine at night? I think they were trying to help their friend cover up. He was hunting on their property, so they had to have heard shots.
    During harvest time or planting farmers run equipment 24 hours a day in shifts.


    by UNW = Most folks don't know that bears have penis bones.
    Well ya got me on that one, but beings that I am a hunter that's one animal I don't hunt. Anything with claws and fangs that can kill me is not in my agenda.

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    [QUOTE=StainlessSteve;Well ya got me on that one, but beings that I am a hunter that's one animal I don't hunt. Anything with claws and fangs that can kill me is not in my agenda. [/QUOTE]

    I only hunt/kill what I'm going to eat and prefer to eat animals that are vegetarians. Although I've had bear barbeque and it's not that bad. Right now there's a fresh road kill doe in the barn (HBC in the head only), meat is in perfect condition and guts were intact. I could have cut her sauteed tenderloins with a popsicle stick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StainlessSteve View Post
    During harvest time or planting farmers run equipment 24 hours a day in shifts.
    I grew up in Wisconsin....it was November. There is no one doing any planting or harvesting at that time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willowdared View Post
    Who runs a combine at night? I think they were trying to help their friend cover up. He was hunting on their property, so they had to have heard shots.
    Quote Originally Posted by willowdared View Post
    I grew up in Wisconsin....it was November. There is no one doing any planting or harvesting at that time.
    I live in Iowa.


    On a farm

    This year we were picking corn until after Thanksgiving because of the rainy weather. Yes were were running 24/7 trying to get the corn out before the snow got too bad. My brother in law still has corn in the field. It will stay there until spring now.
    "Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon - no matter how good you are, the pigeon will still crap all over the board and strut around like it won anyway."



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    Quote Originally Posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
    I live in Iowa.


    On a farm

    This year we were picking corn until after Thanksgiving because of the rainy weather. Yes were were running 24/7 trying to get the corn out before the snow got too bad. My brother in law still has corn in the field. It will stay there until spring now.
    I'll bet he gets Christmas cards from the geese and phesant next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by StainlessSteve View Post
    I'll bet he gets Christmas cards from the geese and phesant next year
    Deer too.



    I just got back home from a trip to town. I counted 4 fields in 15 miles that still have corn in the field. It was a very rainy fall and it was just impossible to get in the fields. l looked up the date and the snow that filled the fields came on December 5. Up til then we had only had flurries. My B-I-L lives 100 miles north of us and he was stopped the same day.
    "Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon - no matter how good you are, the pigeon will still crap all over the board and strut around like it won anyway."



    I don't know it all, I know a little about a lot and a lot about a little---slamdunc


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    Quote Originally Posted by Iowa #1603 View Post
    Deer too.



    I just got back home from a trip to town. I counted 4 fields in 15 miles that still have corn in the field. It was a very rainy fall and it was just impossible to get in the fields. l looked up the date and the snow that filled the fields came on December 5. Up til then we had only had flurries. My B-I-L lives 100 miles north of us and he was stopped the same day.
    I'll bet those corn fed deer are mighty tasty, white tail over there right? I'd rather eat WT than muleys, they have a more selective pallet that do the muleys..

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    Quote Originally Posted by willowdared View Post
    I grew up in Wisconsin....it was November. There is no one doing any planting or harvesting at that time.
    http://www.wisconline.com/almanac/ag...ropreport.html
    The first large snow storm of the season came this past week bringing most of the leftover harvest to a standstill. Farmers worked long hours trying to squeeze as much crop harvest and field work in as they could before the storm arrived, but some were slowed by long lines at the drying facilities. Growers reported anywhere from 8 to 18 inches of snowfall across the state. Many farmers who still had corn standing when the storm arrived will wait until the weather warms and the snow pack recedes before harvesting any more corn.

    <sigh> Notice the date, Dec. 14, 2009

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    Quote Originally Posted by StainlessSteve View Post
    I'll bet those corn fed deer are mighty tasty, white tail over there right? I'd rather eat WT than muleys, they have a more selective pallet that do the muleys..
    Yep white-tail

    I don't hunt and really don't like venison to begin with but am NOT anti hunting. I just don't.


    There is a draw about 1/2 mile south of my house with a herd. Up until the field in between was developed a herd of about 12 would cross the field and walk across my front lawn every night just before sunset to get to the corn field behind my house. Wonderful sight.


    Last year I had the neighbor run his planter in my back lot and lay down about 10 rows of corn in between my trees. Left it there for the deer to munch on all winter.(makes for a good snow fence also). I do it about every other winter.

    Of course there are hazards. Last week I turned the corner to near the house and had a close encounter of the deer kind with a 10 pointer......He is almost bigger than my Hyundai.
    "Arguing with idiots is like playing chess with a pigeon - no matter how good you are, the pigeon will still crap all over the board and strut around like it won anyway."



    I don't know it all, I know a little about a lot and a lot about a little---slamdunc


    I have discussed religion and politics over morning coffee with men who have killed people, you don't scare me.

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