Wade Brockman, cranberry grower from Tomah, got the surprise of his life last November when he found a dead animal in one of his crop fields.
The animal turned out to be the remains of a huge black bear. Wade estimated the bear had been dead for a number on months. Wade then obtained a permit from the WDNR to legally posses the remains.
On march 12, 2011 Wade had the bear officially scored by a panel of Wisconsin Buck & Bear official measurers including John Ramsey (B&C), Ricky Krueger (B&C), Harley Benson (P&Y) and Doug Otto (WBBC). The bear scored 23 5/16.
The bear now officially ranks as the largest black bear ever taken by any means in Wisconsin, and will also place in the top 5 in the world when accepted into Boone & Crockett.