David Booth is still tweeting photos of animals he killed

What? People don’t like seeing this stuff? Since when?

Some time ago, David Booth killed a bear. You probably remember.

It’s funny. Canuck fans had known since the day he arrived that Booth was an avid blueberry preservationist/hunter. No one batted an eye. Heck, when he announced he was embarking on a bear-hunting expedition, tweeting that he was in Alberta “hunting Bruins”, we chuckled. But then he tweeted a photo of the dead bear, followed closely by a documentary on how the bear became dead, and suddenly, the fact that he had, like, killed a bear became real.

Totally legal, not that uncommon. But it was just too much proof, especially for those of us who aren’t so into hunting and try to keep our timeline twitpic-of-dead-animal-free. The backlash was intense, and one got the impression Booth would think twice before sharing another shot of something he shot.

Nope. On Tuesday, this happened:

 

But before you vilify Booth here, stop for a moment and consider that this isn’t his fault.

The real victims of the lockout: animals David Booth wouldn’t have had time to kill otherwise. Booth is only in Montana because of the labour stoppage. As he himself tweeted, “Season needs to start soon! Elk hunting is too hard.”

If training camps hadn’t been cancelled while the owners try to buffalo the players down to a smaller revenue share, Booth would be in Vancouver right now, having either just skated in the Canucks’ first preseason game or preparing to skate in the next one. But with no training camp, Booth has no choice but to extend his offseason, which, as we learned this summer, primarily involves hunting animals. (And occasionally adopting them).

He can’t help himself. Heck, David Booth is so into hunting, he’s here right now, trying to kill the buffalo in the last paragraph.

And whose fault is it that Booth isn’t in training camp right now? The owners who locked out the players and are represented in these negotiations by Gary Bettman.

Thus, Gary Bettman killed that elk. Your beef — or, in this case, elk meat, I guess — lies with Bettman.

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18 comments

  1. Zack
    September 26, 2012

    The Booth hunting “controversy” is stupid. If someone annoys you on twitter, don’t whine and flame timelines, but instead unfollow the perp.

    The rack on that elk is pretty big, was booth doing a track and hunt or just sitting in a heated blind shooting penned elk? Does Booth use a crossbow or a compound bow, or both?

    The real Booth controversy should concern the kamikaze breakaways that end in a missed goal.

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    • maqywhaq
      September 26, 2012

      It makes sense why he does these “kamikaze” rushes though. He’s used to more physical opponents staring him down~

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  2. DanD
    September 26, 2012

    Montana (so I have heard) is full of ticks. I would hate to see David Booth get Lyme disease from hunting in Montana when he should be playing hockey. Can we just go ahead and blame Gary Bettman for Lyme disease?

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    • Harrison Mooney
      September 26, 2012

      Yes.

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  3. PeeSeeGee
    September 26, 2012

    Erm, my only question is: shouldn’t he be skating and getting ready in case the season starts.

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    • tj
      September 26, 2012

      tru-dat.

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  4. tj
    September 26, 2012

    I have no problem with hunters who use all the meat. I seriously doubt Booth is doing so, with all that killing he’s been doing. Sometimes, I’d just prefer not knowing people’s personal stuff, but since he is keen to rub it in fan’s faces, he makes it political (like a certain Bruin goalie). He strikes me as an arse, and it’s getting harder to overlook that. I prefer to be a fan of people I respect.

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    • bergberg
      September 26, 2012

      I don’t understand your logic. You are making a massive assumption by saying you doubt all the meat is consumed. Most likely, the meat is divided amongst the hunting party (this is also an assumption, but is based on my experience with actual hunters). A bear and an elk, divided amongst a family or some friends will stock them up pretty good for the winter. By no means has he been doing too much “killing” for it to all be eaten.

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      • JS Topher
        September 26, 2012

        Agreed. Also, there are things called freezers. You can actually put meat in them for a little longer than a fridge or cold shaded garage. He may just have the money to purchase a decent sized one at that.

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      • tj
        September 26, 2012

        I wasn’t purporting ‘logic’, but I was making an assumption. Why is your assumption superior to my assumption? You’re assuming I don’t know hunters. And your ‘logic’ actually validates my point: Booth wouldn’t be eating it himself.

        But whatever, I couldn’t care less. I still think the guy’s a buffoon, and I don’t respect his Twitterage. I’ve that right. I don’t have to like a guy or his choices just because he’s on the team I support.

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        • DCD
          October 3, 2012

          I dont respect anyone who uses twitter, whats your point?

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  5. Zack
    September 26, 2012

    Reply to PCG…

    If he is actually tracking and hunting while carrying his gear, this would definitely be a good workout. Most people couldn’t even string the bow in the pic for the article.

    If he is sitting in a blind drinking coffee it would be my wife’s workout. Not as good IMO.

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  6. jenny wren
    September 26, 2012

    Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    I shot a Wapiti.
    With my crossbow
    I laid it low,
    Just like a bear not long ago.

    Here’s a photo for you to see
    That I’m so cool as I well know.
    I bet you wish that you were me.

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    • Rituro
      September 26, 2012

      Another lockout consequence: no jenny wren poetry. This was long overdue.

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  7. RG
    September 26, 2012

    Maybe we can put Bettman out in the mountains of Montana with a pair of antlers on? Hunting accidents have been known to occur…

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    • Mark in Steveston
      September 27, 2012

      Or we can send Bettman hunting with Dick Cheney.

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  8. Winsy
    September 26, 2012

    Personally, I just think he’s compensating for something. Have felt this way since he’s been with us. I don’t know why… Just a feeling…

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  9. Allan
    September 27, 2012

    Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo

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