Finally, the footage of David Booth killing that black bear that you’ve all been waiting for

Hey, remember that black bear that David Booth horrified everyone by killing two weeks ago? I have some good news and some bad news about that. The good news is that we now have footage of the bear walking around, doing just fine, tipping over a steel drum — you know, typical happy, unshot bear stuff. The bad news is that the bear is only like that for the first half of the video. Then David Booth shoots him in the gut with an arrow. Yikes.

The latest episode in the ongoing saga of David Booth vs. nature comes to us the same way as all the other episodes, via David Booth’s Twitter account. On Saturday afternoon, he tweeted a video of the kill with the following disclaimer: You have every right not to watch just like i have the right to choose to hunt. 

Please keep that in mind before you click play. This ain’t no Charmin Ultra Soft commercial.

I have seen so much archery this month. The Hunger Games. The Avengers. The trailer for Brave. This. I’ll be honest: this is the least I’ve enjoyed it.

Booth was out on in the Albertan wilderness with the crew from The Edge, a program on Wild TV, a Canadian hunting and fishing network. Here’s the write-up of the program, from WildTV.ca:

Come along with Wild TV’s EDGE team of real hunters as they document their adventures in the Canadian wilderness. Ryan Kohler, Scott Stirling, and Helgie Eymundson are living the dream-hunting and fishing while helping others become responsible and ethical in their outdoor pursuits. Join the crew on their hunts as they chase some of the true Canadian giants and encounter unexpected adventures.

Apparently, you can call Shaw to order the network. Or, if you’re like me, you can, you know, not do that and be really comfortable you made the right decision for yourself.

I’ll say this: We often complain that hockey player Twitter accounts are boring. Booth, on the other hand, has allowed us to follow along with him as he killed a bear, shared a lengthy Theodore Roosevelt quote, let us watch Passion pray for Daniel Sedin’s helmet, and mocked Ryan Kesler’s fancy dining by disclosing that he was eating a gas station sandwich. You may not like all of it, but you have to give the guy credit for being more engaging than the average hockey player (and smarter than the average bear, I guess).

Also, if the Canucks are still in the playoffs, that bear is still alive. Just one more reason to cheer against the Los Angeles Kings.

In closing, here’s a hilarious video about why you shouldn’t destroy life just because you can.

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48 comments

  1. Abby
    May 12, 2012

    Cue the comment controversy.

    Phoenix all da way.

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  2. Spencer
    May 12, 2012

    That spider video is so oddly creepy.

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  3. Hips
    May 12, 2012

    Man I love Booth so much more after this. Not because he hunts, but because he doesn’t give a fruitcake.

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  4. AC
    May 12, 2012

    I respectfully, yet passionately and intensely, disagree… that video is pretty much the farthest thing in the world from “hilarious”.

    You owe me 5 minutes of life.

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  5. RK
    May 12, 2012

    I’m ahead, I’m a man
    I’m the first mammal to wear pants, yeah
    I’m at peace with my lust
    I can kill ’cause in God I trust, yeah
    It’s evolution, baby

    - Do The Evolution, Pearl Jam

    Apropos.

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  6. biznow
    May 12, 2012

    The menacing background music in the booth video makes it for me.

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    • pooroldbear
      May 12, 2012

      Same. And personally, I’ve always found those Charmin toilet paper bears very unsettling.

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      • pooroldbear
        May 12, 2012

        Okay, now Charmin toilet paper bears comments require moderation? The world really has gone mad…

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  7. dan
    May 12, 2012

    wow i forget how many pussies there are until something like this comes out. it’s a bear. theres millions of them. get over it

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  8. pooroldbear
    May 12, 2012

    You meant it in fun, but it is true that a lot of people are less upset by the idea of watching the Hunger Games than hunting.

    Factory farms, which are the Hunger Games for animals, involve so much perpetual stink and suffering, but we’re so much more upset and vocal about seeing one bear hunted.

    I don’t hunt myself, but can’t really virtuously object to it and then swan out to brunch to eat an omlette which could come from Hunger Games chickens.

    Anyways, if we’re going to make Booth a villain over it, there couldn’t be a more sunshiny, upbeat villain. We need to start picking all our villains like this. I can’t bear any more Brad Marchand.

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    • pooroldbear
      May 12, 2012

      Huh – why does this comment need moderation, but not the p*ssies comment? Maybe it’s the word villains. I can change it to scoundrels or blackguards, I guess…

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      • obituary mambo
        May 12, 2012

        Your comments probably needed moderation because you’re a new poster. Anyway, you should pop over to the post written following the original tweeting of the picture; we hashed out the ethics of hunting versus factory farming fairly in depth a couple of weeks ago.

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        • pooroldbear
          May 12, 2012

          Ah, but did you hash it out using Hunger Games metaphors?

          Seriously, I agree not all hunting is created equal – the idea of Sarah Palin shooting wolves from a helicopter will now haunt my nightmares.

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  9. Locode
    May 12, 2012

    clearly he’s jockeying for a trade to the Bruins

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  10. akidd
    May 12, 2012

    not a chance i was going to watch that video. today’s post is something that deserves a time capsule of its own. everyone take a step back, turn around three times and read this post again. this is where we’ve all arrived today. anyone reading my message here has arrived at this…humans, sports, hockey, nhl, canucks, players, booth, hobby, bear, killed, video, twitter, pitb, post, comments….

    yup, that’s where we are. everyone take a deep breath…. now let’s dig a hole and climb in.

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  11. obituary mambo
    May 12, 2012

    I don’t have it in me to watch the first video. My feelings about the senselessness of killing a majestic creature for sport have not changed since the picture was originally tweeted (and if this was done as part of a TV show, it seems unlikely that the bear was killed to provide sustenance). Surely I’m not alone in thinking that the fact that this was done for television makes it even grosser.

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    • obituary mambo
      May 13, 2012

      So, let me get this straight… Killing for entertainment is somehow on a par with killing for food/survival? #welcometothepast

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      • obituary mambo
        May 14, 2012

        I wish the people who think killing animals for entertainment and trophies is a-okay had enough guts to actually post a response to my comments. You disagree with me? Fantastic. That’s absolutely your right. But is it really too much to ask that you have the decency to step out of the shadows and explain your rationale? You’ll never convince me I’m wrong if you you’re unable to defend your views.

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  12. Burrinator
    May 12, 2012

    First off, to each their own. I don’t really appreciate the killing of animals-I’m a vegetarian, been one since forever- and I do believe that this bear killing is no less than killing a chicken or a duck or anything else, after all a life is a life, doesn’t matter what it is. So for all of you saying that it’s bad because its a bear, no, its bad because an unassuming creatures life is gone. But that’s just my personal opinion, nothing I say or do is going to stop Booth from hunting, and nothing you say or do is going to stop him. It’s a free world, stop judging, stop hating.

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    • Brandon
      May 12, 2012

      I still think its kinda f***ed, I don’t condemn hunting seeing as I eat meat, but to glorify killing an animal like he is a little sickening to me.

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  13. the olde coot
    May 12, 2012

    i said it once and i’ll ….

    I have been thinking this thing through;
    now bottomline I say to you:

    it matters much a bear is dead
    or if ’twere David Booth instead,
    both being creatures of this earth,
    but who’s to judge what each is worth?

    Of you and I six billion plus,
    so what there were one less of us,
    and how’s it man to show his skill
    thinks other creatures he can kill?

    And while I know some might retort
    that hunting is a valid sport,
    they’re much more moral things to do,
    and I suggest you know that’s true!

    So by the fact he doesn’t care
    I’d have Booth eaten by the bear.

    The Olde Coot

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    • pooroldbear
      May 12, 2012

      You’d be hard pressed to find any legal system in any country in the world that judges human = bear = ant = amoeba (single celled creature) = broccoli (plants are living things, ladies and gents, with biochemical cascades for sensing injury). Luckily for me too, because I was killing ants all morning in my kitchen; human > ant in my book. Felt like I was even more likely to be eaten by the ants than Booth by the bear.

      I’m told some people think that to glorify the violence of hockey as part of its sportsmanship is also a bit messed up…

      Oh well, I’m off to make that omlette at last. Which I cannot make without breaking some eggs. :)

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  14. David Mudkips
    May 12, 2012

    That’s a pretty young bear he just gutshot there.

    Good thing he wasn’t trying to hit it with a puck.

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  15. Jimmy
    May 12, 2012

    Animals get killed everyday, and will continue be killed everyday. As long as he respects the law and is hunting responsibly, then really he’s just doing what men have been doing for centuries.

    Booth better have eaten the bear though and made a bear rug. Don’t wanna waste good bear meat!

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  16. Djb
    May 12, 2012

    Great so he just killed a bear that was lured in as he sat on a platform. So is he going to eat the bear or just skin it and sell the other parts to the Chinese?

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  17. the real bob
    May 12, 2012

    let’s hope he does some bruin hunting…in the regular season and playoffs

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  18. Dave
    May 13, 2012

    That Dad is killing it. What if the world were made of pudding? He’s asking the tough questions.

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  19. AC
    May 13, 2012

    There’s no easy answer on the hunting debate.

    For example, there’s a reason that the government allows people to hunt bears and wolves and deer, etc. We’ve taken away so much of their natural habitat that we need to kill off a few each year or we’ll be overrun with them (just like the moose in New Foundland).

    May it’ll be best if we all just agree that we won’t change anyone’s mind in this comments section and turn the discussion back to where it belongs:

    Harassing and ridiculing Harrison for post that horrible spider video and calling it “hilarious”.

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  20. JRP
    May 13, 2012

    “Life is dear to all beings. They have the right to live the same as we do.” No, I’m not going to identify the speaker; you either recognize it or you don’t. With his money, his youth, and his shiny toys, David Booth has no idea about life, death, or the meaning of anything. His words and actions betray arrogance and ignorance. Blundering through the world, killing for fun – for enhancement of his own ego – he may well typify the majority. Sad, indeed.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      May 13, 2012

      In response to that quote, here’s one from the same source: “If a man looks after the faults of others, and is always inclined to be offended, his own passions will grow, and he is far from the destruction of passions. Not about the perversities of others, not about their sins of commission or omission, but about his own misdeeds and negligences alone should a sage be worried.”

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      • akidd
        May 14, 2012

        i’m a bit confused. what was the point of such a graphic post in the first place if you’re going to shoot down the whole concept of criticism? i thought maybe pitb had a point it was making that was worth posting a ‘kill video’. please tell me it wasn’t just for content’s sake. i’m a bit confused.

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        • akidd
          May 14, 2012

          i mean posting that vid and then quoting the buddha(even if it was a pretty snappy rhetorical comeback) is a bit thick don’t you think?

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          • madwag
            May 14, 2012

            in all fairness daniel is not harrison!

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  21. P
    May 13, 2012

    A word on true hunting tactics in Canada. What you see on these shows is not sporting or humane. I am a hunter, my family has hunted for over 60 years, and for one reason. To put food on the table. We have no interest in trophies, even though we hunt large moose, deer, etc. We do not hunt bear as it does not taste as good as other game, and we have no interest in a bear skin trophy. We disdain trophy hunting and those so called “hunters.” The hunting we and our family friends do involves setting up camp in a remote area of BC, and walking daily up to 30km in search of what is in season. We could do as they do on these shows, set up a garbage bin to attract the animal, or wait in a blind in a tree on a game trail, but this is not ethical. The hunting we do is very exhausting, with over 100km walked per trip. But we also hunt for the opportunity to be outdoors in nature. We have reverance for the game we shoot,and feel sad every time we shoot game. But our form of hunting also gives every animal a fighting chance, as walking miles trying to track and get close enough to game to shoot, often means the game is alerted and has the chance to flee the area. BTW, every bit of the animal is consumed, nothing wasted. If you are reading this and dislike hunting but eat store bought meat, think twice about the meat you eat that is mass slaughtered and often in a not humane fashion. Our hunting involves one shot, and in 90% or greater cases an instant end. Following this, we usually have to spend a couple of days packing out the meat on our backs. We do not use off road vehicles to get in our out of the mountains and valleys. Say no to game hunting.

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  22. ryan
    May 14, 2012

    thats just horrible! :(

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  23. jojojelly
    May 14, 2012

    Why did he kill the bear? Is going to eat it?

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  24. toni
    May 14, 2012

    Trade him. This is sick and the people that think it’s okay are men who think it’s macho. It’s different to hunt for meat. But to hunt like Booth did that is gross and then to post it. Yuck You are sick. Hunt like the gentleman above my post like a real hunter and use what you hunt for. Ruint my image. Did you see the news today they have found around 6 baby bears by themselves because their mothers were shot. Not good. Don’t bitch next time a bear kills a human. It’s okay for a human to kill them but as soon as one kills a human everyone is in a uproar. Then the humans go out and kill the bear that killed the human. Maybe the bears should go and kill the humans every time humans kill a bear. I am not putting down hunters that hunt for food and actually use all the meat. I don’t care if you don’t agree with me. Too bad

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    • JDM
      May 15, 2012

      Yes, trade him, because if we could only have a hockey team populated with personnel and players whose reason for being there has nothing to do with whether they’re at all good at hockey, and subject to non-hockey criteria, we could be just like… the Montreal Canadiens!

      Get bent. People like you are why Vancouver fans are hated. Don’t know anything but have a loudly proclaimed opinion anyway.

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  25. obituary mambo
    May 15, 2012

    I fear this board is being haunted by a voiceless psychopath — perhaps more than one. Surely, the person/people in question would actually write a response to our comments if not for the inability to form coherent thoughts. Step out of the shadows and say what you feel. Don’t hide behind the thumbs down function.

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  26. gilly
    May 15, 2012

    Don’t bash hunting if you have never done it. My family has hunted and fished for several generations and we eat what we harvest. It has kept food on the table in hard times and it is also a good way to bond. I don’t understand vegetarians and honestly think there is something wrong with people who are just as they do about me but since I don’t fully understand I don’t go publicly bashing them.

    I have respected PTIB because they write in an honest fashion and bring a good point of view to hockey. I have now lost some of that respect as they expressed their personal views and tried to make Booth look like a villan. Hunting is a way of life and most of you would not be around if didn’t exist.

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    • obituary mambo
      May 15, 2012

      No offense, but how many of the posts have you actually read? Even those of us who are vegetarian or vegan recognize that hunting is significantly more humane and environmentally friendly than factory farming is. Having said that, quite a few of us take issue with the concept of hunting for sport (an opinion you seem to share). If there’s nothing more in it than the acquisition of trophies or an effort to provide entertainment to those watching a TV show from the comfort of their home, how is the needless slaughter of a vibrant living creature in any way justifiable? BTW, I’ve been trying to get that question answered for the better part of a week, so I’d love to hear — er, read — any insight you might have on the matter.

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  27. Max
    May 15, 2012

    I don’t approve of hunting unless you eat what you kill… I can guarantee you this NHL forward who makes 4.5 million dollars a year is not going to be eating bear meat…

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  28. Onyma
    May 16, 2012

    I don’t have a problem with hunting as a sport but really, there is no sport in bear baiting. What Booth did was a pretty cowardly way to get a kill, especially one you then brag about. Guess he’s proud that his skill at formulating chum attracted the biggest bear. Seems more like cooking school than hunting to me.

    It’s pathetic and completely disrespectful to the life of the animal. The outrage is well deserved. The best outcome that can come of this is for it to motivate law makers to make the act illegal as elsewhere.

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  29. cdavis
    May 16, 2012

    If only he was that accurate with a hockey stick …

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  30. Huey
    May 16, 2012

    There was nothing unethical at all about this hunt. Bear was not ‘shot in the gut’, it was a perfect shot to his vitals.
    Heaven help the next Canuck seen fishing the Fraser for salmon or BBQ’ing a steak on his grill, Mooney is sure to have his opinions expressed about them aswell!

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  31. Terry
    May 16, 2012

    David Booth did everything right except he went public. His shot is back but angles forward into the animals lungs making for a very quick death. The male black bear that Booth shot was an older animal. In Alberta it is illegal to shoot females (sows) with cubs. Bear cubs found wandering around are usually a result of the sow being killed by a vehicle on the road.

    Do I hunt bears? No. Do I hunt? Yes. There is nothing wrong with hunting, its part of most families heritage. Booth made a big mistake showing how proud he is. Do what you do, but don’t brag or boast in front of people who don’t like it.

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  32. obituary mambo
    May 16, 2012

    The American in me is extra super-duper upset with him for choosing to flit off Alberta on a hunting expedition rather than represent our squad in the WC. If he’s well enough to hunt bears, surely hes’ also healthy enough to play for team USA.

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  33. jay
    May 17, 2012

    Good start to Bear season David. I heard those guys have been training hard and working on some new plays for this year, so it’s a big victory. Said the Bears coach “well, we are 0 and 6845 in the last few seasons, but I think this is our year. It was a good effort by our guys, but ya’ know, it’s a barrell full-a oatmeal. Whatterya gonna do. It is what it is”.*

    Seriously David, you outsmarted a bear. Good Job. Maybe later you and Ted Nugent can go steal some candy from babies.

    *like David Pratt, I stole this idea from a Rick Riley article from 20 years ago*

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