This Minnesota state record black bear, that scored
22 10/16, was taken by
Jesse Koskiniemi in Wadena County in 2017.
Koskiniemi currently is the firearms (rifle) state record holder for a bear he shot in 2017 that measured 22 10⁄16 (inset).
Jesse Koskiniemi has also shot this 685-pound (615 pounds field-dressed) black bear while using a muzzleloader in Wadena County on Oct. 3. The bear had a green score of 21 9⁄16. Currently, the largest bear taken via muzzleloader in Minnesota scored 20 8⁄16. Koskiniemi plans on a full-body mount of the recently killed bruin. Both bears will be on display at the 2023 Minnesota Deer and Turkey Classic in Shakopee in March.