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Cats are very seldom afraid since they only pick on prey they can kill. In this scenario I pick the cat if it decides to attack, because I have been bitten by a domestic cat and have dealt with Turkeys too.
I believe the fish in picture forty is some species of Plecostomus. They are awesome tank cleaners in freshwater aquariums. They eat the algae off of the glass, or what ever type of material your aquarium is made of.
I like the Montana Grizzly in photo 24 and 25. I have never seen a Grizzly with white crawls, before. Very rare and unusual. They are awesome grizzly photos.
Photo 38 with all those turkey Toms and Jakes in one picture frame, is an amazing picture. Great job F&S Editors on all the selected photos.
What a beautiful Blonde Bear !
I know i'm biased but picture #22 is my favorite
The fish in pic 40 is a Armored Catfish, there are tons of them that have been released in Florida. Lots of people catch them and discard the carcasses on the shorelines.
That is a beautiful blond!
#40 looks like an aquarium sucker
KISS MY BASS!
The "blonde bear" is a spirit bear. I love hunting and am a hunter myself, but it is sad that a spirit bear would be taken.
A spirit bear? Are you kidding me? That blond bear is a great trophy and that hunter should be proud. He also should get a full mount or a bear rug, so he can always remember that great hunt and that glorious bear, forever. My congratulations goes out to him.
If you search youtube for "Alberta Blond Bear 2012" I videotaped the hunt myself and posted it. It's only 3 minutes 47 seconds long. The second shot is off screen but put him down immediately.
For the record, I agree with Pork Chop. The bear is a spirit bear, and should not have been taken.
For the record, the bear was legally taken. It is indeed legal for blond bears to be taken in Alberta. Many outfitters advertise it in fact. If the bear shouldn't have been taken then the Fish and Game Department wouldn't deem that there are sustainable numbers for them to be taken. There are animals that I personally would never take, but that doesn't mean I'll say to someone else that it is wrong to do so. Wouldn't that just be hypocrisy? Are there animals that you harvest that some PETA advocate would say should never be taken? What, then makes someone saying a specific animal should not be taken different than someone saying that a trophy whitetail shouldn't be taken? This is a hunting and fishing website after all.
And thank you Gary, the bear will proudly be shown off in my living room in the form of a full body mount! I'll be proud of and humbled by the magnificent animal every day
Your Welcome HuntinAl.
Let me give you a little advise. Whenever anyone comments against a hunter's trophy, the NRA, fishing or etc. I click on the persons name who is being negative. Their profile comes up. In most cases you do not see any hunting photos or bagged animals submitted by those individuals. You may find other negative comments posted by that same person.
It easy to sign up on the Field and Stream or Outdoor Life website. It does not mean their members of the hunting fraternity. They could be from an animal rights organization. It also could be just sour grapes and jealousy.
I am a meat hunter, not a trophy hunter. I would not have passed on the bear with bald patches as I am sure that it would eat just fine. I would not post photos. In fact, I have only ever had two photos taken of any of the animals that I have harvested. I never said it was illegal, immoral, or unethical. I just said it is sad. Read up on the Spirit Bears - they are fascinating. I find it funny that you feel to be part of the "hunting fraternity" means that I have to post photos. I have no sour grapes, no jealousy and no animosity towards HuntinAl, nor anyone else that legally and ethically takes an animal. I just would not shoot a Spirit Bear for the sake of a trophy.
I don't doubt that your harvesting of the bear was OK. I never said it wasn't. I have no problem with your preserving the animal with a full body mount - in fact, I applaud that. As you said, there are animals that you would not take - a Spirit Bear is one that I would not take. I would not take any of the White deer that are in New York State, nor would I harvest any of the White Squirrels that are in North Carolina. Just a personal preference. With regards to the sustainable numbers - some management agencies do not see the blonde bears as a separate species - in fact, they are genetically the same as their brethren - they just have a recessive gene that gives them the blonde coloration. The First Nations (as I understand it) revere the Spirt Bears. I think that they are pretty special as well. I saw a beautiful one 11 months ago - it was magnificent.
I not interested in reading about spirit bears or spirit eagles worshiped by the First Nations. In India, they worship cattle and the king cobra as spirits. Another country worship rats and rodents. The only spirits I care to read about are all inside the Holy Bible.
Nice pics all. Glad I made the cut!
That bass was only twelve pounds?
Photo number ten is a bit riskay for a huntin magazine ain't it?
Photo 4: I understand your meaning about letting pets roam free, but just so you know, only mammals can contract the rabies virus and regular vaccination of pets protects against this... Carry on.
Kevin, you are correct about the Rabies vaccine protecting house cats but there are other dangers in the woods. Coyotes, eagles, great horned owl and a pack of stray dogs could kill a pet cat. Also, being bite by a infected lyme disease tick or a poisonous spider and snake. Most cats are killed on the roads by fast moving vehicles.
Another point is, pet cats leave their home with full stomachs and kill quail, rabbits, song birds and other small game. In most cases, they don't even eat the kill. The cat in photo 4 could be a wild feral cat just trying to eat to survive.
thats what i call a hog
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