James B. Mense: Maybe legal, not ethical
December 14, 2010
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.
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