James B. Mense: Maybe legal, not ethical


To the editor:

The story on the front page of the Dec. 4 Saturday Morning Press is the most disgusting thing I have read in a long time.

I am a lifelong hunter and am proud of the trophies I have mounted on my wall.

However, the idea of shooting a bear after it has entered its den to begin hibernation is repulsive to me.

I am certain Boone and Crockett will never allow this bear to be entered into the record book as it violates the Fair Chase requirements. Perhaps you should have checked before you glorified such a disgusting act. It may be legal, but it is definitely not ethical.

On the other hand, if your purpose was to begin a movement to ban bear hunting, then you succeeded beyond all expectations.

James B. Mense


George Robertson 6 years, 4 months ago

Boone and Crockett were motivated by putting food on the table which is exactly what Richard is doing!


Colette Erickson 6 years, 4 months ago

Really? There was no mention in the article of him eating the bear. Seems that his only interest was the sick "trophy."


wmichaelb 6 years, 4 months ago

I think your user name of NIMROD says it all. Kendall never mentioned anything about food for his table. He was only interested in the size of the bear. As a Coloradoan I am disgusted by his actions. I'm sure that you probably think I'm some Denver liberal, but I spent many years on the west slope hunting and fishing, but I would never do some despicable thing like killing a bear in it's den. This is no better than poaching!!


als362 6 years, 4 months ago

It is, and always will be my opinion that all of the people that are somehow disgraced by the manner in which this bear was killed, are just suffering from a terrible case of sour grapes because they did not have the opportunity to kill a bear of this size.
No scathing response or editorial will ever change my mind on that.
I think you are all acting like little children that didn't get their way.


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