Arkansas Bear Records
Scoring systems provide many important things to the hunting world. First of all, they provide a venue for consistent long term record keeping for harvested game animals. Secondly, they create a platform in which an animals size can be compared to other animals of its species. Thirdly, they set a standard for a 'trophy' animal. This 'trophy' status is designed to honor the animal and honor the method in which the animal was harvested.
Black bears are scored by measuring the length and the width of the dried skull. Bear skulls are not eligible to be scored until 60 days after all hide, skin and flesh have been completely removed from the skull, allowing for complete drying.
The ABBA is in the process of developing and launching an official record keeping system for Arkansas black bear. Look for more information on this in the fall of 2013.
Overall Arkansas Black Bear Record List, Top 20:
|1st||Donald R. Patterson 2007 · Searcy County||21 8/16 Crossbow|
|2nd||Don Barnet 2008 · Saline County||21 7/16 Archery|
|3rd||Dillard Graves 1996 · Perry County||21 2/16|
|4th||Don Cost 1997 · Polk County||21 1/16 Archery|
|4th||Heath Martin 2009 · Pol County||21 1/16 Archery|
|5th||Shon Chastin 1998 · Newton County||20 15/16|
|6th||William Hawthorne 2003 · Desha County||20 11/16|
|6th||Adam Beason 2006 · Scott County||20 11/16 Archery|
|6th||David Hayes 2008 · Franklin County||20 11/16|
|7th||Jason Vaughn 2004 · Van Buren County||20 8/16 Archery|
|7th||Harry Snowden 2008 · Van Buren County||20 8/16 Crossbow|
|8th||Will Beason 2008 · Scott County||20 7/16 Archery|
|9th||Gene Waters 1994 · Baxter County||20 6/16|
|9th||Jerry Snowden 2008 · Van Buren County||20 6/16 Archery|
|10th||Larry Ennis 2007 · Yell County||20 5/16|
|10th||Austin Brown 2007 · Johnson County||20 5/16 Archery|
|11th||Carl Rippy 2006 · Van Buren County||20 2/16|
|12th||Dewayne Nix 2008 · Scott County||20 0/16 Archery|
Note: The Pope and Young Club requires a minimum score of 18 inches to make their record book. The Boone and Crockett Club requires a minimum score of 21 inches to make their 'All Time' record book, and 20 inches to make their 'Awards' book.
At the time of the creation of this page, there are currently 11 bears in the Boone and Crockett record book (including the 'Awards' book) from Arkansas. Also, there are currently 37 Pope and Young entries for Arkansas. Undoubtedly, these numbers change frequently as new entries are submitted.