Mike Sawyers shot a 120-pound black bear this season, then turned around and added a 20-pound turkey to his freezer.
That man's better than a Whole Foods deli department.
Sawyers, the outdoors editor at the Cumberland Times-News, was missing from the Mount Nebo check station during the opening days of bear season for good reason. He was one of the 240 people selected in the lottery for a hunting permit.
Sawyers reports that he saw nothing the first two days. But on Oct. 28, as he climbed an old logging road on the eastern side of Dan's Mountain in Allegany County, he nearly ran into his bear. His hunt was over in less than an hour. When he finally showed up at the check station, it was as a successful hunter, not as a reporter.
Several days later, a stone's throw from where he took his bear, Sawyers got his bird.
With the bear, Sawyers is claiming a somewhat dubious record. In the first five years of the hunt, the largest number of bears taken in one season was 56 in 2008. His bear was the 57th bear checked in this year. You could look it up.
- Candus Thomson