Beach Billy has his own state record black bear taken from Hyde county, North Carolina (and the imposing full body mount in his living room to prove it) and passed along this undated photo from a hunt in the same area.
Between the five hunters, three bears were taken and each was over 500 pounds. Apparently there was a fire going on at the same time which the bears on the move, coupled with a management program that allowed for some serious Yogi’s. The smallest of the three weighed in at 514, the next largest at 546 and the bruiser tipped the scales at a whopping 607!
"The bear was shot in 1954 out of Port Heiden, Alaska. The guide/hunter is Darrell Thompson (deceased now). He was 6'4" tall for comparison with the bear. Notice he is sitting right beside the off front shoulder and not behind the bears rump which distorts size. Also notice the size of the paws in relation to the man. They were reputed to be 13" across and the head was reported to be 25" ear to ear. Supposedly AK DF&G estimated the bear's age at mid '20's."
Shooting through the shoulders is simple enough but doesn't always mean any bones were broken, or any vital organs hit. I have a shoulder blade right here on my desk from a black bear that has a healed bullet hole right through it. It has another hole from my bullet which actually killed the bear.
This shows the relationship of the scapula and actual humerus bones. The lower humerus was from the other side of this bear, or opposite front leg. It was shot and broken and then healed just fine allowing this bear to keep on living, although he had a severe limp. The scapula also had a bullet hole on the top edge. My bullet hit lower and killed the bear many years after the original hunter wounded him, by taking the shoulder shot only inches too high.
This is a closer photo of the off side broken humerus bone which had completely healed. It's 30% shorter than the other side, but this bear lived many years after being shot in the leg. My guess is that the bears leg was too far forward climbing up a hill and the bullet that broke this leg exited the armpit and missed the body completely.