Trapping Apologists Try To Justify Bransford’s Actions

16 Apr

Josh Bransford, the FACE of the modern "sportsman," showing "respect" for his "adversary" according to Dave Linkhart of the National Trappers Association

Here are some interesting quotes from representatives of trapping groups that are trying damage control after the publication of the Bransford photos. These quotes are from an article by Rocky Barker of the Idaho Statesman.

From Pat Carney of the Idaho Trappers Association:

“This kind of stuff is the reason we pushed for it,” said association president Pat Carney of Mountain Home. “We knew everyone in the nation would be looking at us.”

“Bransford’s mistake was not posing with his trophy, Carney said. It was posting it online, the sort of thing instructors in the trapping class discouraged.”

From David Linkhart of the National Trappers Association:

“The problem with posting photos of trapped animals online is that the wolf issue is so polarizing right now, said David Linkhart, the National Trapping Association director of national and international affairs.”

“He said that such displays are a way for trappers to celebrate their success in overcoming a skilled adversary.”

“The trapper is not showing disrespect for its prey; he’s showing respect,” Linkhart said.

“I don’t see any difference between this and a hunter or angler showing off their trophy.”

So the “mistake” was not taking the photograph, it was posting it online according to these people. And now unwitting trapped animals are “adversaries” in the mind of a national trapping group representative. Here is the definition of an adversary from

ad·ver·sar·y [ad-ver-ser-ee], plural ad·ver·sar·ies, adjective
a person, group, or force that opposes or attacks; opponent; enemy; foe.
a person, group, etc., that is an opponent in a contest; contestant.
the Adversary, the devil; Satan.

That say it all. This is the mindset of these people. Basically what Brandford did was fine, but his mistake was posting it on the internet, and that trapped animals are “adversaries.” These are the faces and voices of the modern American “sportsman.”


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9 responses to “Trapping Apologists Try To Justify Bransford’s Actions

  1. leland hodges

    April 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    josh here is a good apology put your foot in that trap and run around for a hour or two so you know what it feels like

  2. chance

    April 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Linkhart is a LOON. This has nothing to do with the wolf issue being a polarizing issue. The real issue here is why we let a small fringe group of trappers determine how wolves are managed in these redneck states. They don’t want these pictures posted because it shows the “THE TRUE NATURE OF TRAPPING”. An outdated, cruel method that was utilized 100 years ago to help settlers of the west expand and survive. The majority of trappers do this as a hobby or for sport. There is no monitoring of unintended , incidental take of Endangered Species, nor are trappers required to disclose this information. They have everything set up through legislation to protect this gruesome barbaric methods. Trapping has for the most part flew under the radar- and they would like to keep it that way. The problem for them is that these people have used trapping as a way to get back at the FEDS and liberal tree huggers who want trapping banned, and to brag amongst themselves on Trapperman like blogs. These conversations show the true nature of trappers- anti-social people with sociopathic tendencies who derive pleasure from the power and control over the existence of other species. This is indeed SADISM.

  3. Bobette Traul

    April 16, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    I post on the Statesman and said the other day that Idaho Fish and Game were all liars and this was a coverup. Of course the guy has a price on his head. Guess someone is pretty p—–.

  4. Bobette Traul

    April 17, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Get away from it all and watch the Decorah eagles. She’s trying to sleep and is falling over. You can hear the peeps of the babies and hear the river and the coyotes. It’s 12:30am. Soooo peaceful.

  5. Deborah Massey

    April 17, 2012 at 7:26 am

    To all hunters and trappers….actually you got it wrong! …it is not the wolves that are your adversaries….it is us, the humane, compassionate, thinking people of this world who recognise bullshit when it speaks!

  6. Bobette Traul

    April 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    I agree with you. Go to the Idaho Statesman and post that. They’ll go balistic but they need to hear your opinion.

  7. Ken Johnson

    April 17, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    More cover up BS!


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