NHL'er beheads bear, draws criticism!

Minnesota Wild defensemanClayton Stoner doesn't plan to stop hunting despite the backlash he has received after photos surfaced on social media showing him holding the remains of a grizzly bear he killed last May.

CTV News reports Stoner, 28, had permits allowing him to hunt in the area where the bear was killed. After the pictures of him "holding its severed head and paws" were made public, the NHL player released a statement saying hunting is a tradition for him and he has no plans to quit:

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I grew up hunting and fishing in British Columbia and continue to enjoy spending time with my family outdoors. I love to hunt and fish and will continue to do so with my family and friends in British Columbia.

A documentary about trophy hunting has sparked debate in British Columbia about the viability of the sport, according to the report. While coastal First Nations have banned the activity on their land, the province hasn't enforced the ban:

"I don't think there's any place for this disgusting, barbaric, so-called sport of trophy-hunting in British Columbia," Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said.

The provincial government hands out 300 licenses each year. Hunting generates more than $300 million in annual revenue.

It's a touchy subject with a wide range of opinions. The debate over what action should be taken will likely rage on for the near future.

 

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Photo from @D_Booth7 twitter account

 

Stoner isn't the only NHL player to get some heat for posing with hunting trophies. Vancouver Canucks left wing David Booth caught some venom for this pic he posted of him and his buddies with a slain bear.

Whether you agree with hunting or not, Stoner did all the work necessary to gain the proper permits to hunt legally. He was within his rights to participate in the hunt.

Based on Stoner's statement, it's clear the defenseman doesn't expect to change his lifestyle because of the incident. And as long as he continues to follow all of the required rules and regulations, he's free to continue hunting with friends and family.

Beyond that, the situation should only serve as a short-term distraction for Stoner.

The Wild's first preseason game is less than two weeks away, which means he should be able to put this controversy behind him and start focusing on hockey again.  

Stoner, a 6'4", 213-pound enforcer, finished last season with 10 assists in 48 games.

I think trophy hunting is retarded.  "hey, look how majestic that creature is!  Let's kill it!"  

Hunting for food is just fine though

He had a fucking pricey license. He shot the bear. What's the big deal. I am British Columbia and I don't see the issue. If he had done it without the license it's a whole other story.

First nations would have no problem tearing that bear apart themselves. Phone Post

im_MLT - 

He had a fucking pricey license. He shot the bear. What's the big deal. I am British Columbia and I don't see the issue. If he had done it without the license it's a whole other story.

First nations would have no problem tearing that bear apart themselves. Phone Post



If the First Nations was going to "tear" the bear up, you can be sure it would be used in many ways, predominantly food. The issue at hand is trophy hunting, and that is unfortunate that the province permits it. I am British Columbia as well, and hunting for food is comendable, but for joy alone, not so much.

sgotwalks - 
im_MLT - 

He had a fucking pricey license. He shot the bear. What's the big deal. I am British Columbia and I don't see the issue. If he had done it without the license it's a whole other story.

First nations would have no problem tearing that bear apart themselves. Phone Post



If the First Nations was going to "tear" the bear up, you can be sure it would be used in many ways, predominantly food. The issue at hand is trophy hunting, and that is unfortunate that the province permits it. I am British Columbia as well, and hunting for food is comendable, but for joy alone, not so much.


I read another article on this. It said his family has a tradition of hunting. Did it say anywhere in the article that they aren't using the meat?

Mencken - 


I think trophy hunting is retarded.  "hey, look how majestic that creature is!  Let's kill it!"  



Hunting for food is just fine though



Yup. I'm not even big on hunting for food unless you really need to though

Is there any reason to think he didn't eat the bear? The only mention of trophy hunting is an unrelated documentary. Phone Post

I have more respect for people that hunt and eat their own game than people that support mass produced chicken and beef. Phone Post

Gene Moe scoffs at using a gun to kill a grizzly.

http://www.outdoorlife.com/articles/larry-mueller-and-marguerite-reiss/2007/09/last-stand

Theory of Everything - Fuck the natives. They're in the process of overfishing walleye in a lake in my hometown. The MNR had to change possession limits to 2 fish only in order to try and save the fishery.

The lake is, and has been in critical condition for some time, yet they continue to net with no regard. This is causing fishing lodges and camps to close down. My local baitshop lost 80% of their business due to lack of tourism.

Bunch of selfish hypocrites. Phone Post 3.0

Red Lake by chance?

My boss and I were just talking about that topic the other day.

im_MLT - 
sgotwalks - 
im_MLT - 

He had a fucking pricey license. He shot the bear. What's the big deal. I am British Columbia and I don't see the issue. If he had done it without the license it's a whole other story.

First nations would have no problem tearing that bear apart themselves. Phone Post



If the First Nations was going to "tear" the bear up, you can be sure it would be used in many ways, predominantly food. The issue at hand is trophy hunting, and that is unfortunate that the province permits it. I am British Columbia as well, and hunting for food is comendable, but for joy alone, not so much.


I read another article on this. It said his family has a tradition of hunting. Did it say anywhere in the article that they aren't using the meat?



i know nothing about the matter, but supposedly almost all grizzley hunting is for trophies instead of the meat as they taste like shit. I've only ever heard this from the JRE several times, so i don't know how reliable of a source it is.



I don't like looking at the pictures much, but if i see a guy with a dead bear whatever, but beheading it and taking a picture with the severed head does kind of irk me.



 

Theory of Everything - 
cbia -
Theory of Everything - Fuck the natives. They're in the process of overfishing walleye in a lake in my hometown. The MNR had to change possession limits to 2 fish only in order to try and save the fishery.

The lake is, and has been in critical condition for some time, yet they continue to net with no regard. This is causing fishing lodges and camps to close down. My local baitshop lost 80% of their business due to lack of tourism.

Bunch of selfish hypocrites. Phone Post 3.0

Red Lake by chance?

My boss and I were just talking about that topic the other day.
No, Lake Nipissing in North Bay, ont. We have so many lodges, camps and ice fishing businesses that are going under... Really sad. Phone Post 3.0


aha Ni Pissing.

im_MLT -
sgotwalks - 
im_MLT - 

He had a fucking pricey license. He shot the bear. What's the big deal. I am British Columbia and I don't see the issue. If he had done it without the license it's a whole other story.

First nations would have no problem tearing that bear apart themselves. Phone Post



If the First Nations was going to "tear" the bear up, you can be sure it would be used in many ways, predominantly food. The issue at hand is trophy hunting, and that is unfortunate that the province permits it. I am British Columbia as well, and hunting for food is comendable, but for joy alone, not so much.


I read another article on this. It said his family has a tradition of hunting. Did it say anywhere in the article that they aren't using the meat?

You don't eat grizzly ever Phone Post 3.0

If he'd only said Allahu Akbar as he cut the head off, he'd be given air cover during his next hunt.

Thought he went happy gilmore and pulled a skate Phone Post