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David Booth continues to kill animals, then tweet about it

Sep 25, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

David Booth elk

In May, Canucks forward David Booth came under heavy scrutiny after tweeting video of killing a black bear.

Could more controversy be on the way?

Depends on how the public reacts to Booth’s latest tweet — a picture of what appears to be a deceased elk (with Booth seemingly responsible for the elk’s demise.)

“Just killing time…And Wapiti in Montana,” the photo caption reads.

Booth, an avid hunter, received a lot of blowback after posting his bear baiting pictures — and video — in May.

“We find that kind of hunting appalling — he’s a well-know hockey player who’s a role model for many, particularly young people,” Vancouver Humane Society spokesman Peter Fricker said. “He’s setting a very bad example, and I’m not surprised he’s getting such a negative reaction.”

Jason Botchford, a Canucks reporter for the Vancouver Province, wondered if the incident would affect Booth’s relationship with the organization long-term:

Would a poor judgment call which led to him posting a kill video from a hunting expedition, where he bear baited, be enough to push the image conscious Canucks to trade him less than a year after they acquired him?

Not likely. Even though they were irked in a “what the hell was this guy thinking” sort of way.

But, let’s be real, posting a video of some legal hunting, however disturbing, is not how Booth inflicted his most damage on the Canucks. No, he took care of that in the first round of the playoffs.

It’s worth mentioning that Vancouver is where Greenpeace was founded in 1971.

As such, the “poor judgement” and “what the hell was this guy thinking” arguments could make their way back to the surface, because there’s not a real solid explanation as to why Booth would post another kill, especially after the heat he took five months ago.

  1. travishenryskid - Sep 25, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    I personally am against hunting. It’s unnecessary in the civilization we live in. However, it is 100% legal and part if millions of peoples lives. It’s pretty unfair people are making this an issue.

    • r4n6er - Sep 25, 2012 at 4:36 PM

      Do you eat meat?

    • millertime30 - Sep 25, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Do you like smashing deer with your car?

    • paperlions - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      Actually, it is 100% necessary to manage population sizes because we have decimated the predator populations and changed the habitat structure across the country, providing far more food than would normally be available to cervids throughout much of the continent. Overpopulation would lead to population crashes and regional extinction of many herds within just a few decades.

      • jpelle82 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM

        I agree with the necessity to manage the herd but i will say that the predator population is on the rebound. The proliferation of the grey wolf in western north america is quickly becoming a problem. We need to start culling wolves again soon…their protection, while good intentioned, has backfired tremendously.

  2. r4n6er - Sep 25, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    First off let’s remember that we are talking about hunting not dog fighting. Secondly if it were such a horrible thing would Canada or the province in which he was hunting have issued him a permit for it? I get that some people don’t like the idea of hunting, even though they enjoy steaks at restaurants that come from cows that were also killed, but let the guy be happy about what he likes doing. Just a side note it does appear that he used a bow and that is an extremely difficult way to hunt.

    Well done Booth!

    • soj83 - Sep 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM

      it was in Montana, according to his quote. but in Canada or USA, much like your point, if it is done legally than what is the big deal.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

      I’ve said this before but I think it’s worth repeating. I’m not a hunter but I have no problem with those who choose to do so. What I have a problem with is Booth’s inexplicable need to make sure we all know that he shot an animal to death.

      • jernster21 - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        Perhaps it’s your problem that you think you’re his intended audience? Are you his best friend? Family? Oh, you aren’t? Then he probably doesn’t care what you think. Is it his fault Mike is posting about his hobbies outside of hockey? No, it isn’t. Direct your displeasure to the right place.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:49 PM

        Given he posts this stuff on Twitter I’d say that the general public is his intended audience and the more people it reaches the better. Otherwise why put it on a public forum?

      • blomfeld - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM

        friend … there’s a simple explanation for that and it’s call “inadequacy” … it’s no different than the man who brags about his sexual conquests, or the man who brags about how money he made last year … it’s pathetic and very unbecoming of a decent man, no doubt … but that’s unfortunately the way it is for some …

      • jpelle82 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:23 AM

        when i kill something i usually post a picture so my buddies and family can see it. it just so happens booth has followers that arent friends and family and have a difference of opinion than they might have

  3. r4n6er - Sep 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    @soj83; Thanks for some reason I saw Manitoba when I read that. However as you mentioned the point is still made.

  4. millertime30 - Sep 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Hunting is fine. Baiting is lame.

    There’s an outdoor channel on TV, and people have the right to choose not to watch it. Should probably take a similar approach to Mr. Booth’s twitter feed.

    • east96st - Sep 25, 2012 at 7:38 PM

      100% agree. I would add that if he has no interest in eating it himself, take some of that NHL paycheck, have the elk butchered, and donate it to a local food bank. Way too many people still got to bed hungry in the country and elk’s a high quality, lean protein that’s low in fat and cholesterol. Bit gamey for my taste, but if I needed the services of a food bank (and thank God I do not), I would be more than happy to take home some elk.

      • jpelle82 - Sep 26, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        most “trophy” hunters do that exact thing, and a lot of shelters in a lot of places rely on roadkill and donated meat

  5. windmiller4 - Sep 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Those humane societies and peta need to shove it up their @ss. This is how we, as a race have survived.If you don’t believe in it, then i have no problem. It’s when you start preaching to other people about it that i have a problem. Let Booth do what he want’s, It’s not against the law, and it really doesn’t matter what some humane society idiot has to say about it.

    Hunt on Booth!!

    • blomfeld - Sep 25, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      that’s the spirit “boy” ! … as long as it’s someone (something) else, who the hell cares ? …

  6. jernster21 - Sep 25, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Way to contribute to the problem Mike! Quit making ‘hunting’ out to be some sort of inhumane/despicable act – it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what the act of hunting actually entails, you don’t have to go out explaining it grotesque detail to make a point. Unless he’s poaching these animals then it’s entirely legal and how it strikes anyone’s moral fiber is 100% irrelevant. No story here, move along.

    p.s. Nice Elk.

  7. jason9696 - Sep 25, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    This guy is a fvcking m0r0n.

  8. blomfeld - Sep 25, 2012 at 7:36 PM


    You’ve just made my day here Halford, as I’m laughing so hard I can barely type …

    “posting a video of some legal hunting, however disturbing, is not how Booth inflicted his most damage on the Canucks. No, he took care of that in the first round of the playoffs” …

    LOL !!! :) No kidding eh ? … yeah, big man Booth is quite the “tough guy” when he’s out there killing defenseless animals … yet that doesn’t seem to apply when he’s playing hockey ? … very quizzical indeed ? … LOL !!!! … man, did we Kings ever send him running like a “scared deer” last April or what ! :)

    *** special video selection for the excellent writer Mike Halford ***

  9. phillyphannn83 - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    I don’t hunt. Not because I’m against it but because I live at the beach in a resort town. Theres no hunting here. I love to fish. How is fishing any different than hunting? Aren’t I “hunting” for fish? I love meat, I love steak, I love chicken, I love fish, I love turkey, I love jerky(didn’t mean for that to rhyme but its kinda funny) so here I give a big thank you to those who are responsible for bringing me the things I love to eat.

    Btw, my Roast beef sandwich dinner was mmm mmm mmm gooooood!!!

    • polegojim - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:30 AM

      Exactly…. how are fish caught? I believe it’s called BAIT… and pretty sure they die before being eaten.

      Anyway… the guys loves to hunt and tweet about his success.


  10. sergeikremlin - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    NHL locks out David Booth. David Booth goes hunting. Hockey writers search hopelessly for stories. Smear campaign is launched in order to generate comments and hits. Booth carries on with his life.

  11. vanindeed - Sep 26, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    After last season he shoudn’t be drawing (ha ha) attention to himself

  12. theenutty - Sep 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Nice rack! Elk is mighty tasty.

  13. mathieug79 - Sep 26, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    In New Brunswick, tomorow MOOSE HUNT starts!!! heellllll yeahhhhh!!! lets get me a nice moose steak!\

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