New VT. State Record for Bear And Moose

New VT. State Record for Bear And Moose

Vermont Big Game Trophy Club
Vermont Big Game Trophy Club

Fairfax, VT – -(  The Vermont Big Game Trophy Club has recently certified three new state records in the bear and moose categories. On Saturday, Feb. 20, 2009 VBGTC Director of Big Game Records, Curtis Smiley, measured and certified new state records for hunter killed black bear and moose.

On November 11, 1989, in the town of Stamford, Robert Costine killed a male black bear whose skull has finally been officially measured with a resulting score of 20 7/16. This score easily eclipsed the former hunter killed state record bear which was killed by Raymond Forrest in 1996 and scored 20 4/16. The Costine bear has been submitted for entry into the Boone and Crockett Club “Records of North American Big Game”. This represents the fourth time in the last 6 months that the state record bear skull score has fallen. The all-time record bear skull for Vermont came from a nuisance bear killed in Maidstone in July of 2008 with a score of 21 5/16.

That record however is not the only state record for bear to be reestablished this week. In September of 1965, James Thomas killed a monster bear in the town of Norton that was weighed on certified scales at 525 pounds clean dressed. The Thomas bear recently came to light when Mr. Thomas contacted the Vermont Big Game Trophy Club and provided a photograph and supporting documents from the Vermont Fish and Game Department which verified his claim. The previously recognized record for clean dressed weight for a Vermont bear was 514 pounds and was killed by Craig Tanner in the town of Lemington in 1986.

During the 2002 moose season, Robert Dewey killed a world class Canada moose in the town of Woodford with a 64 3/8″ outside spread. When this moose was scored last week it was certified with a VBGTC score of 208 7/8, making the Dewey moose the new number one moose in the VBGTC records. This moose has been submitted for entry into the Boone and Crockett Club “Records of North American Big Game” with a net score of 195 3/8 making it the number two Vermont moose taken in fair chase by a hunter. The Dale Potter moose will remain at number one by net score at 196 2/8.

Vermont’s biggest buck measured to date for the 2008 deer season was killed by Skip Woodruff in the town of Windham during the muzzleloader season. After the official drying period, Skip’s deer measured an incredible 151 1/8. We expect to have these trophies and many more on display on April 4th, 2009 at the 1st Vermont Big Game Trophy Club Trophy Show and Awards Banquet at the Canadian Club in Barre. The trophy show is open to the public from 10-5. Admission at the door for adults is $5.00 and children under 16 are free.

The VBGTC Awards Banquet will commence at 5:00 PM. The evening will include recognizing the largest big game animals killed during the 2008 season, as well as recognizing the current state record animals in the archery, muzzleloader and rifle categories. Silent auctions, live auction and raffles will also be a part of the evening to raise funds to continue to operate the VBGTC and to further its mission of promoting youth hunting and preserving Vermont’s hunting heritage. Banquet tickets include your dinner and can be purchased for $20.00 per person. Tickets must be purchased by March 25, 2009.

The featured speaker for the evening is Master Maine Guide and noted deer tracking expert Hal Blood, owner of Cedar Ridge Guide Service in Jackman, Maine. Hal has written a book “Hunting Big Woods Bucks” and produced a high quality educational and entertaining DVD titled “Hunting Big Woods Bucks”. Hal is one of the top guides in the state of Maine and his prowess at teaching and sharing his knowledge of hunting northern whitetails is almost without equal. You will not want to miss this rare opportunity. In addition, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department personnel will be present for questions you may have regarding the status and management of Vermont big game.

To order Banquet tickets, send $20.00 per ticket to:

Vermont Big Game Trophy Club
PO Box 109
Fairfax, VT. 05454

For more information on records of Vermont Big Game, contact Curtis Smiley at 802.849.2986. For more information on the Vermont Big Game Awards Banquet contact Brad Hanson at 802.893.8011. Or visit our website at

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