POLL: Should bear hunting be banned in the US?

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Bear hunters in Maine again find themselves in the sights of animal-welfare advocates who contend that some of their practices are inhumane.

Less than 10 years after Maine residents voted down a divisive referendum effort to abolish the use of bear hunting with bait, dogs and traps, the debate has re-emerged.

As hunters prepare for the first day of bear season Monday, sportsmen, politicians and animal-rights advocates are gearing up for a renewal of the referendum battle that spiked passions on both sides in 2004.

Bear Hunting with Dogs – Photo by Bob Robb

Bear-baiting involves placing food in the same location repeatedly for about a month before the season opens in hopes a bear will get in the habit of visiting the site regularly. Hunters also use dogs wearing radio collars to force a bear up a tree and keep it there until the hunter tracks it down electronically. Traps such as wire foothold snares are also used to hunt bears.

Supporters of banning the practices say they are cruel and give hunters an unfair advantage.

Opponents argue that the practices are vital to keeping the state’s bear population in check. If they are banned, the population will explode, and conflicts between bears and people will become commonplace, even in developed areas, they say.

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Maine has one of the largest black bear populations in the lower 48 states, according to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and is the only state to allow all three controversial practices.

A coalition led by the Maine chapter of the Humane Society of the United States, called Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting, is behind the ballot initiative. It aims to collect as many as 80,000 signatures next month to get a referendum question on the 2014 ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office is still drafting language on the referendum question.

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In 2004, voters rejected the referendum question seeking a ban on the three hunting practices by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent. Each side spent more than $1 million on the campaign.

Those backing a ban on the practices said last week they think they’ll win this time.

“This is a last resort (after trying several times without success in the Legislature). But with the additional 10 years of experience, we’re confident we can win on the ballot,” said Katie Hansberry, director of the Maine chapter of the Humane Society.

Maine hunters expected the issue to resurface, and that it would involve another expensive ballot fight.


“I think we knew they’d be back,” said David Trahan, director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. “(The Humane Society is) a nationwide group. And (it) raises a lot of money.”

Photo by Coastal Grizzly and Black Bear Hunting Safaris

MAINE A FOCAL POINT

Proponents say the three controversial bear-hunting methods give hunters an unfair advantage and that trapping or shooting a bear over bait is inherently cruel.

Maine is a focal point in the debate over bear-hunting practices because it is the only state where all three are allowed.

Robert Fisk, director of the Maine Friends of Animals, which led the 2004 effort to ban the hunting practices, said the public is more familiar with the issues today, and that gives ban supporters an advantage.

“I believe we have an excellent chance of winning this time. The opposition’s alarmist strategies and scare tactics that were prevalent in 2004 can be exposed this time around. People are much more aware of animal protection issues than they were 10 years ago,” Fisk said.

Proponents say they have data and experiences from other states where the Humane Society successfully banned the use of these bear hunting methods, and that much of the Maine public was educated on the issue in 2004.

The Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk, one of Maine’s three largest animal rescue centers, signed on as a supporter of the initiative because the society’s board of directors felt the hunting methods in question are inhumane.

“We’re not against hunting,” said Steve Jacobsen, the shelter’s director for 19 years. “We live in a state that has a number of sportsmen. We want to be respectful of Maine. But I think there is a real distinction there. There is just something inherently unfair about baiting.”

The Humane Society has had success on bear-hunting ballot measures in several other states, and Hansberry said proponents of a ban in Maine will draw on that experience.

“We’ve had essentially a 70 percent win rate. That is on a range and whole host of issues. But that’s the percentage of passage,” said Nicole Paquette, the Humane Society’s vice president of wildlife protection in Washington, D.C.

Efforts to ban one or more of the three bear-hunting practices were successful in Colorado in 1992, in Oregon in 1994 and Washinton state in 1996 .

But similar efforts were rejected in Idaho and Michigan in 1996, and in Alaska in 2004.

Daryl Dejoy, who formed the Wildlife Alliance of Maine in Bangor in support of the 2004 referendum, called the involvement of a national group such as the Humane Society “motivating.”

“A referendum is a very daunting undertaking,” said Dejoy, who grew up a hunter. “And in the same way that our opponents (in Maine) defended against the referendum with the national sportsman’s alliance and national trappers association (in 2004), we need help from a national group, as well.

“We are motivated by a desire to see Maine looked upon as a good hunting state,” he said.

BEAR POPULATION HIGH

Sportsmen and guides argue that Maine’s dense forests make it difficult to hunt bears, and that the population would explode without using the most efficient hunting practices, a premise supported by state biologists during the 2004 campaign.

Biologists have said the bear population has reached historically high numbers — as many as 30,000 statewide — and failing to keep the population in check will lead to widespread conflicts between bears and people both in the woods and in developed areas.

“I think what the referendum will do is blow that good management plan that the state has with bears,” Trahan said. He also pointed out that the bear population exploded in the 1950s, despite the fact that the state paid a $5 bounty for each bear killed. Even with the controversial hunting practices allowed, state biologists have estimated the population has grown substantially since a decade ago, when it was estimated to be about 23,000.

Two years ago, when bear nuisance complaints increased dramatically across the Northeast after an unusually mild winter, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reported that complaints in Maine increased from around 500 to more than 800.

‘IT’S CASH THAT COUNTS’

Sportsmen and guides, many of whom rely on hunting for their livelihood, say Maine residents will regret it if the hunting-practices ban is approved.

A bear guide since 1964, Wayne Bosowitz is considered by some the “granddaddy” of black bear hunting in Maine. Over nearly 50 years, he built a successful bear guiding business in northern Maine and Ontario.

But Bosowitz, now 69 and close to retirement, said he told his son not to follow him into the family business.

He fears bear hunting will come to an end in Maine if the ballot effort succeeds, and told his son to take a job that came up out West. Bosowitz feels the hunting-practices ban has a better chance this time because more money will be spent.

“It’s not a happy thing for us, but I am happy now that my son did that (accepted the job out West). A referendum is only money. Whoever has the most money wins. It’s cash that counts,” Bosowitz said. “We (in Maine) have the greatest wildlife biologists in the nation in regard to bear. Their work is a model. So I guess my one-liner is: If we are not going to pay attention to these folks, then why do we have them?”

Trahan, at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, also said the biggest difference between today’s debate and 2004 is that opponents of the ban will need more money, and the statewide bear population is at a record level for modern times. Other states provide an example of what a ban might mean, he said.

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“I don’t think anything’s different. Except nuisance complaints have grown across the country — and what happened in New Jersey, where they didn’t have a bear hunt for 30 years. Then the bears started walking into homes. New Jersey can become the test tube for what happens without a bear hunt,” Trahan said.

After New Jersey ended bear hunting in 1971, the black bear population went from fewer than 100 to as many as 2,500. Complaints about bears increased, and the state resumed the hunt in 2003, according to the Wildlife Research Institute in Minnesota.

Trahan estimates the sportsmen’s group forming to oppose the ban must raise more than $2 million or the ban will succeed.

“I think we have the grass-roots and the issue. I think we can win this. We just need to prove to the public we need bear management,” Trahan said. “I think Maine people are savvy and understand the issues. They live with animals and know how important it is to manage wildlife. They get it.”

Bob Day, who runs a bait company in Alfred, comes from a family of bear hunters. He built the bait company over 12 years, mostly as a hobby, after he retired as a mason.

Day said the ballot initiative would hurt Maine in a number of significant ways: from the lost economic impact from hunting to an increasing bear population.

“Bears are everywhere now, in Biddeford and in Portland,” Day said. “The state should set a two-bear limit, not take away hunting methods. Do they have any idea how many game wardens will be needed to keep bears away from homes?”

In Bingham, near the Quebec border, guide Bob Howe has guided disabled veterans on hunts, fishing trips and adventures for 14 years. Howe said if the ballot measure passes it will destroy a significant part of the state’s hunting tradition.

“The people from away are trying to come here and manage our wildlife. We have people who manage them — they’re called biologists. And they know about bears and how to manage the population way better than someone from Philadelphia or New York,” Howe said. “If they took the millions of dollars spent on this and put it into research and development of wildlife management, it would be a lot better spent.”

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Brian Sappok
Brian Sappok

voted no.Keep all hunting legal.Make hugging trees illegal

huntrock
huntrock

Something tells me if human hunting was legal, all these libtards would be dead because most of them can’t use a gun and most of them have probably never hunted. So please, let us hunt man so we can rid the world of your moronic ideologies, not to mention we might get some freedoms back that you have taken from us.

g10121
g10121

Bear hunting should only be allowed to subsistence hunters and wildlife officials who are managing dangerous or ill wildlife. Trophy hunting with high powered rifles and automatic magazines is NOT sport, but trophy hunting, and hunters of that variety should grow up and appreciate what we have left as wildlife in nature!

John Price
John Price

Does an “automatic magazine” turn the pages for you? Have you ever touched a gun? Have you ever been in the woods? Didn’t think so.

Kenneth Burns
Kenneth Burns

I guess people who murder other people love and respect them as well???

Pug face
Pug face

I know hunting is not for everyone. It is not about killing. I hunt, I do not take the death of a animal lightly. I do not celebrate a death. I respect the animal. I care for the earth in general. I kill , I eat what I kill. Hunting and fishing is not a sport. It is a way of life. It is a harvest of a resource. Yes I can go to the store and buy some steroid filled antibiotic laced meat. I would rather harvest a healthy deer , beer or moose any day. I know where… Read more »

dominickJ
dominickJ

I think any one is talking against hunting to feed yourself and/or family. WHAT I’m against, and I’m certain most people posting here is, the STUPID TROPHY Hunters!!!

Bill McClary
Bill McClary

ever see a predator in the wild take down its prey? nature is both beautiful and brutal; hunters play a vital role managing game populations and an ever increasing majority of funding that supports our conservation and wildlife management programs actually comes from sportsman (hunters and fisherman); just where exactly do you believe that burger, fish, steak, or chicken from your supermarket comes from? — something had to die so that you could fill your belly and continue living your own life; point of fact as well that wild game is much healthier than anything that typically comes from a… Read more »

Kenneth Burns
Kenneth Burns

One word for you Bill…Vegan…we don’t need to be murderers.

Robert Birckhead
Robert Birckhead

I don’t think they should ban bear hunting, just the practices that are being used to hunt bears.Do you really call yourself a hunter if you are going to let the dags do the hunting for you or have a bear stuck in a trap until you get there or waiting for a bear to come to a pile of food on a schedule, I don’t think so. Bear hunting should be like deer hunting get in a tree or ground blind and wait for one,Its hunting. For the guides in Maine that do this for a living there should… Read more »

Pug face
Pug face

Robert you are full of it. I doubt very much that you hunt. How many bears have you harvested with your methods?
I’m in the woods quite a bit in Maine. Hiking , fishing, and hunting.
If you catch a glimpse of a bear it is for split second. No way would you be able to get a humane shot at it.
The methods allowed in Maine allow for a humane kill shot.
They way you hunt would cause a bunch of wounded animals dying of a slow infection.
Not very humane.

Robert Birckhead
Robert Birckhead

See, I try to hunt everyday I can sometimes thats for only a hour or two after work, but when not at work I’m in the woods.We are only allowed 1 bear a year on our hunting license and I fill that every year. Most were killed from tree stand but a few was killed from ground and seen a lot of bears while deer hunting which is what I do mostly. I guess you can say I’m not a true bear hunter because I don’t buy baits or scents or run them with dogs and I sure don’t trap… Read more »

Pug face
Pug face

If you really hunt you puzzle me. I do not believe that you do.

Robert Birckhead
Robert Birckhead

I’m sorry, I don’t know what to say. Why don’t you believe me? I’m a poor old country boy trying to make it in the city. The outdoors is my life besides my kids. We enjoy every minute of it doing something outdoors hunting,fishing,hiking,camping So how do I puzzle you

John Price
John Price

You get your bear every year by just sitting in the woods? And always with one shot? And why even bring up trapping? Hunting and trapping are in no way related and don’t occur during the same seasons. Your little fantasy that you’re a hunter doesn’t make sense in the real world.

sobrace
sobrace

Montana has banned bear baiting, and the use of dogs. No problems here, you just have to actually WORK to find one.

Pug face
Pug face

Kennebec Journal October 17, 2013 MAINE COMPASS: Public biologists, sound science best gauge of bear hunting methods Cathy DeMerchant A Maine Compass on Oct. 1, “Bear hounding, baiting, trapping are cruel, unsporting practices,” written by Connie McCabe, accused the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine of “spinning the wheels of misinformation” about bear hunting in Maine. She gave no examples, but merely repeated talking points being made by the Washington D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States. Let’s set the record straight. McCabe claimed that using bait, traps and dogs to hunt bear amounts to a “canned hunt,” which almost guarantees “that… Read more »

John Price
John Price

In Oregon, after the successful campaign of lies in 1994 by HSUS, the cougar population has skyrocketed from 3000 to more than 6000. At the same time, the deer herds have decreased by 25% and there’s no sign that the decrease is slowing down. Cougar habitat is so overloaded that cougars are now invading suburban Portland, stalking children on school playgrounds and taking poodles off porches. HSUS told the same lies here that they are telling there. They illegally use footage stolen from the personal websites of hunters out of context to “prove” their points. HSUS are liars. Of all… Read more »

John Price
John Price

And I can see that you’ve never been hound hunting, like most other hunters who “hate” houndsmen.

Tracy Davis Wall
Tracy Davis Wall

These “men” obviously LACK in other departments and have to go out and kill defenseless animals to make them feel like real men…What they don’t realize is they just look like the evil, worthless, heartless, sub-human POS’s that they really are! I think ALL of us should get our hunting license’s and go out and have some, uh, hunting accidents….I’d LOVE to see EVERY one of these wothless scums get shot in the fucking head!

attiladahun
attiladahun

tHESE hunters are psychopathic COWARDS.

Pug face
Pug face

Tracy the talk of violence is really disturbing. I really hope you don’t mean that.
Are you a vegan? Your still welcome to go hunting with me.

sobrace
sobrace

You’d LOVE you SEE people murdered? Seems… odd.

Mathew Hawthorne
Mathew Hawthorne

I hunt and will hunt till the day I die.ppl who think hunting is bad must not get out much. Stay in the city and Dont think to much. Hunting is a way of life for us . Every animal that gets takin is greatly appreciated n we thank god for life. Ppl that don’t hunt need to stop worrying about the animals we hunt .we love them more than u could very imagine. This is our way of life stop trying to change the way it has been since the start.

Pug face
Pug face

Mat i’m from Boston and hunt all the time..

Kenneth Burns
Kenneth Burns

you love the animals you murder? that’s downright scary…sure hope you’re a loner.

Tracy Reed
Tracy Reed

sick..evil….why of coarse there should not be any sport killing of any kind… is it not nice that there are serial killers killing people too…Let alone be alone

anniesmac
anniesmac

Perhaps a definition of “hunting” is in order here. I doubt that you will find the words “feed”, “habituate”, “snare”, “GPS”, “hound”, “trophy”,
et.al. anywhere in the definition.

Joleena C Mogle
Joleena C Mogle

I am just in awe that the nos are more than than the yeses….I mean really? In this day and age of mankind making everything extinct for FUN!? What is it inside a human that enjoys killing something…for no real reason, there is a deep flaw inside the character of person like that, something not developed properly. I am native American…but then an animal is killed it is to eat, and all parts are used, and it is blessed for giving it’s life to sustain ours…this is just wanting killing and they think it’s fun……it’s not logical, moral or even… Read more »

bevgannon
bevgannon

yes ia gree with you. these people make me sick to the guts they are evil . they think they clever not so clever soon the world will end.

Wyo_1
Wyo_1

Most of the natives I know are the biggest poachers who waste the animals to get a trophy.

Black bears are no where near extinct and are not going to be as they are hard to hunt and are overpopulated.

attiladahun
attiladahun

Rednecks are overpopulated as well. Why do you hate wildlife you anti-wildlife terrorist?

Pug face
Pug face

I hunt. I’m no redneck. I grew up in Boston. Get out of the city get closer to the earth. harvest your own food. You will have a new respect for life that you never had before.
Learn to hunt…

Marie Bailey
Marie Bailey

Hunting for sport and hunting for the survival of your family are two different issues here. If you hunt to feed your family,I have to support this with our economy the way it is.What I find disgusting is the hunting for the thrill of the kill.These God given creatures weren’t put on earth for entertainment.If you don’t eat it,don’t kill it!

bevgannon
bevgannon

yes i agree. these are sick moronic evil people… so sad to kill a wonderful animal

Candace Greider Steller
Candace Greider Steller

New Research Finds Long-Suspected Link Between Hunting and Small Penis Size Diminutive male genitalia disorder (DMGD) has, until this month, been considered only a theory in the scientific world, but now the long-suspected link between hunting and unusually small penis size has been established as scientific fact by the Diminutive Male Genitalia Disorder Research Organization (DMGDRO). The DMGDRO has conducted an extensive two-year study on men with diminutive male genitalia disorder. Lead by Mike Streams and Brian Upchurch, who began their collaboration on human sexuality research while undergraduate students at Johns Hopkins University, DMGDRO is a team of New Orleans,… Read more »

Pug face
Pug face

I hunt and have a pretty good size hog.

Esperanza Arias Mayorga
Esperanza Arias Mayorga

Los animales tienen familias . Acaso a ustedes les gustaría que llegaran y los mataran , no verdad , entonces porque hacerlo con otras familias de animales. En lugar de gastar en armas,municiones , trajes camuflados , etc. Deberían de proteger el habitad de los animales, de su ecosistema y de las demás especies que viven ahí. No a la caza sea legal o no. No a la matanza de osos o cualquier otra especie. Si al respeto a la vida!!!!!

Jake Gagné

Just cuz they like to eat carpets hug trees and eat salads we like to hunt we enjoy the outdoors nothing goes to waste we love what we do we don't do it just to kill something it's what us Americans do we're not imbreds

Jake Gagné

Wow unbelievable lets just hope we out number these yuppies it's really not easier to kill
A bear with dogs or on bait been hunting with dogs in MAINE the past 3 days and haven't even treed a bear so I hope you PETA people are ready to keep dealing with are humane ways to
Kill bear!!!!

Brenda Bowers

No it should not be banned. I love & respect animals But I DO HUNT. An I do consume the meat I take. There R Thousands of people out there thatn can't feed there famileys out there that would be grateful for this food provided by GODS hands. OH do U just eat Veggies.?

Jim Correll

hunting has been around since the begeing of time if you don't like then there's a boat to china waiting for you

Jim Correll

ther more bear tthen ever just go to penna there every where

Sheldon Ryan

As a hunter and a conservationist I understand the importance of managing the animal populations. It's all fine to say ban hunting but then arises the problems of more animals then the land can sustain. DNR biologists use the information hunters provide to keep tabs on the size and health of the animal population. On a side note hunters pump millions of dollars into local economies helping small businesses with a financial boost in the non tourist seasons.

Omario Rosario

LIBERALISM IS A MENTAL DISORDER

Tracy Meredith

No. Bear hunting or any other hunting shouldn't be banned. Everything must be kept in check. If there is no bear hunting they'll overpopulate (as they're doing in many areas now) and deplete their natural food sources. When that happens they move into residential areas and start eating garbage first, then pets. Since there would be no hunting the bears will loose all fear of man and it wouldn't be long until they would start breaking into people's houses and eating their groceries and kids. Get real folks this is the real world this isn't some fantasy land where animals… Read more »

Glynn Holmes

LOOKS LIKE THERE ARE MORE HUNTERS THAN TREE HUGGERS

Paul West

I just got one question how many of you thank its better to buy your meat in a store than humanely hunting a animal for meat

LenDeb Hanson

I am getting very tired of people who have no idea how I live or what I do trying to tell me how to live my life. There is a new referendum coming in 2014, its a repeat of the 2004 campaign brought on by the Human Society of the United States, a "nonprofit" that lobbies to change laws, that should be investigated for fraud. If you have ever seen there commercials you will see poor starving cats and dogs asking you to donate to them. Well check your facts, they are under investigation by several government agencies for trying… Read more »

Nicholas Brown

If you don't hunt the animal population will get over ran, and then all the animals will go into your precious city's. No one want's that do you? How do you think you get meat? They slaughter the animal. For all you peta people, and uneducated anti hunters, do some research. A lot of hunters give the meat of the animal to the poor, or to family's who can't afford store bought food, so before you start running your mouth about something study is first. Sincerely a concerned 16 year old.

Colby Green

Bunch of half ass hippies I hope you get eaten by a damn bear

Shane Blackburn

I think a lot of city dwellers don't understand where meat at all comes from… I make a living horseback taking care of another mans cattle, I get to know these animals know some of there personalities, I pull calves and see them grow from newborns… and when weaning time comes I put help put them on a truck to go to the feed yard to get fattened for slaughter. I hunt and kill deer regularly… I never let a coyote or bobcat get away if I can help it. if there were bears hear you bet your ass id… Read more »

Jeff Hankins

Its not surprising but I've noticed EVERY TOP COMMENTER is Anti-hunting…..Is it a requirement for top commenters to be against hunting?

Glynn Holmes

WILD MEAT THE ORIGINAL ORGANIC FOOD,HEALTHIER THAN STORE BOUGHT MEAT

Jeff Hankins

I wonder if people know where their food comes from? There is nothing wrong with hunting. It helps with population control and hunting has been a tradition for centuries. I had a friend who was against hunting until she read a few articles of deer starving to death in areas closed to hunting. Hunters are not SOULLESS people Sue. We believe in trying for the cleanest most ethical shot to put the animal down with minimal suffering. Predators make animals suffer and I doubt you mind that to much.

Jason Ludwig

Yes should have bear hunting . Called management !!!!

14151617
14151617

You hunters feel the same about sending our horses to slaughter?
Are do you want to hunt them down also?

mike
mike

Keep bear hunting alive in the US!

attiladahun
attiladahun

You hunters are wildlife terrorists.

Glynn Holmes

Tree huggers,Bear hunting is a good thing.It keeps bears afraid of humans and cuts down on bear human conflicts.I VOTED TO KEEP ALL HUNTING LEGAL

Kyle Lanier

Well the post by Johnny Lanier was from me. I dont know why it showed up as dad.

Johnny Lanier

i dont see how someone could possibly think that wildlife shouldnt be hunted by responsible hunters. I can promise you that hunters contribute a heck of a lot more to managing, conservation and overall health to wildlife populationsthan you idiots do that think "no more wildlife should be killed" . If there were not hunters you wouldnt see a lot of different species we have today because they would be extinct due to overpopulation causing starvation and dideases. So dont you dare try to convince me that hunting is wtong because is isnt. I run bear with houmds in the… Read more »

Pug face
Pug face

Why do you get to tell me I can not harvest an animal to eat? I love and respect the animal that I hunt. No one loves the land and animals more than a hunter. You should try enjoying the outdoors and try providing for your family before you condemn the actions of a hunter. It is not for everyone I understand that. We are a part of the ecosystem. We belong in the woods. We evolved to hunt. We are part of the life cycle . I choose not to sit on the sidelines . I am closer to… Read more »

Tracy Davis Wall
Tracy Davis Wall

You probably also agree with trapping as well….I don’t think there’s anything much crueler than an animal caught in a leg hold trap! Just sickening!

Pug face
Pug face

Leg hold bear traps are not in use. The method allowed is the same as biologists use. The bear is released if not old enough for harvest unharmed.
It sounds worse than it is in reality.
If you are in the north east U.S. I’ll take you hunting. maybe convert you.
I’ll cook up some outstanding bear sausage. For breakfast..
All natural.

Jon McRobie

Sure lets ban hunting but allow the slaughterhouses to remain open, do you idiots honestly think that animals are treated any more humane in those places?? You hypocrites keep chowing down on your mcdonalds, burger king and kfc and think that it's ok because you aren't the one that killed that poor defenseless animal. Let me tell all you slickers something, those of us that actually hunt our food, respect these animals more than you'll ever be able to, we spend time with them in their natural habitat, not just seeing them in the zoo where they should not be.… Read more »

Daniel Ray

I love hunting as it has been passed down from my ancestors. It is as in grained into my soul and will be passed to my children.

John Brandenburg

Some of you uneducated people should so a little reserch before you start running your mouth about something you know nothing about. There are a great deal of trophy hunters that supply food to needy families and organizations. They themselves don't use the meat but they donate it to the less fortunate. This is common practice in the United States as well as in places such as Africa. Check it out if you dought it. Who are you going to call when your house or property is destroyed by a bear that is running out of room to live because… Read more »

Josh Vanderschaaf

Wow look at all you city and suburban morons babblin on about how cruel hunting and trapping is.. Maybe all you idiots should leave the burbs for a while in the middle of january and go out into the wilderness and see how cruel mother nature is.. Starvation , disease, being run to utter exhaustion for hours sometimes days and then killed by consumtion by wolves or coyotes.. Givin the choice I will choose a quick death by a bullet or an arrow.. hell hit me in the head with a club just make it quick like us hunters and… Read more »

Ashley Stanton Teague

Hunting is a part of life. God put creatures here to eat. Yea I'm a girl and I LOVE hunting and I LOVE the taste of deer meat and bear meat. That's what my family lives on. So don't knock it till y'all try it. That's all I got to say

Jack B Brown

Nothing but an emotional charade and they have yet to save one wolf, and never will.

John Bihon

Have you ever seen a bear …try hunting one for me …No you do not need to kill it !!! just take me a damn picture …..good luck !!!!

John Bihon

Poaching …do you understand what poaching is ?? it is someone who does not obey the laws ..hunting out of season and when they fill like it …stop regulated hunting and watch what happens next ….You people need to wake the hell up !!!

John Bihon

Unbelievable how un educated people are …I will hunt until I am dead … no one will be stopping me …I love vension just like you love a rib eye ..if you like ribeye …lmao ..

John Bihon

OMG …Defender of wolves !!! I guarantee you that I have the proper cure for your wolves…..300 win mag …lmao !

John Bihon

1st off …mark ..have you ever seen a bear ? Most likely not .. Bears are over populating as we speak ..which means we have lots of them and also means we need to manage them ..Since you hardly see bears there has to be some way of managing them ..Baiting and hound hunting is very affective …Hounding is something that takes a lot of stamina …chasing dogs threw the hills is no easy task and for you guys to think it is your seriously wrong …you may want to tag along with some hound hunters and then you may… Read more »