Eastern North Carolina: Thanks to thousands of acres of designated bear sanctuaries, this region continues to produce giant bruins up to 700 pounds. Some predict the next world record will come from here. State game lands are plentiful, but they typically consist of jungle-thick, swampy cover, making still or stand-hunting difficult. Most bears are taken with the help of dogs. Contact: North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; Outfitter Culley Wilson.