More “Outdoor Page” Killing Propaganda

21 Apr

The "great white hunter" frequently saves us from this vicious predator
By D. Gordon E. Robertson, via Wikimedia Commons


**Update April 22** It looks like the title of the turkey killing “hobby” article has been changed to “Turkey Management Plan Under Review.”

Before the spread of the internet one of the few places to get any type of wildlife news was from the so-called “outdoor pages” of local newspapers. Unfortunately the people who write these articles glamorized the killing and helped to perpetrate the oft-repreated myth of the great white hunter being the “steward of the land.” This tradition continues in the outdoor pages of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal. Pro-hunting writers like Paul Smith of the Journal-Sentinel and Pat Durkin of the State Journal frequently write fluffy stories about the great white hunter killing everything from turkeys to bunnies and saving the world in the process. Here are a couple of recent examples of this killing glorification:

Wisconsin’s turkey hunters love their hobby

Durkin: Rabbit hunt something to revisit

The titles of these stories tell the whole story. Those turkey hunters just love their hobby! Killing is a hobby? Ted Nugent would be so proud. Here is the story of how seven great white hunters took down those vicious bunnies:

My first shot at a bounding bunny kicked up a silvery cloud of snow 2 feet behind its cotton tail, sending the rabbit into overdrive.
OK. Maybe the shot was 3 or 4 feet late. My shotgunning skills were rusty. Then again, 36 years had passed since my last serious rabbit hunt.
No matter. Tyson Hall’s shotgun blast stopped the rabbit’s run seconds later. Or maybe it took a .22 slug from Paul Neess’ nylon-stocked Remington auto-loader, which had been popping off like a string of firecrackers. Either way, our seven-man group had its third rabbit of the morning.”

This is what passes for “conservation” in America today. Shooting animals passes for “recreation” and our local newspapers give these sadists a forum to spread their “killing is conservation” propaganda. Then there is the photograph in this article showing another great white hunter all decked out in camouflage and saving the world from those vicious turkeys. Halloween must be year round for these people.


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10 responses to “More “Outdoor Page” Killing Propaganda

  1. Diane

    April 22, 2012 at 7:19 am

    In our area we have had a rash of 10-12 year old children posing in our local papers with a big smile & their trophy turkey, deer or bear. Their parents must be so proud. It all makes me digusted & makes me worry this type of thing sets a standard for what kids think is normal & is something they want to replicate so they too can get their photo in the paper.

    • Diane

      April 22, 2012 at 8:31 am

      Sorry, I guess not 10-12 year olds & bears only trukeys & deer

      • Diane

        April 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

        Sorry again I meant turkeys sp.

    • rali74

      April 22, 2012 at 8:45 am

      This exploitation is the new normal and is even given its own section on newspaper and local news stations sites where they call it such names as “brag boards.” It seems like they have given up the illusion that hunting is all about “feeding their family” and is now all about bragging rights and exploitation. A few weeks ago I went in for a doctor’s appointment and outside one of the exam rooms was a photograph of a young child smiling over a dead and bloody bear. In a normal world people should be horrified to see a picture like that, but here in Wisconsin they act like they are proud to hang a picture like that, and there is something wrong with you if you take offense. We live in a disgusting killing culture that glamorizes snuffing the life out of a beautiful animal for a photo op.

  2. Bobette Traul

    April 22, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Years ago our bwana doctor shot a polar bear and he actually put it in the waiting room. Well, that didn’t last long. I remember being upset about it. A note about Mr. Durkin and his CWD rant this morning in the WSJ. O boo hoo. The DNR is now in the hands of the Governor and Kathy Stepp. They want to keep CWD in check- It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the wolves are the best help they can get. But no they’re all a bunch of geniuses and will mess this one up big time.

    • rali74

      April 22, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      Then there is that little “coincidence” about the DNR waiting to announce that CWD was discovered in wolf country until hours after Walker signed the wolf kill bill. The people are absolutely disgusting and will cut of their nose to spite their face. I cannot wait to hear the whining and crying from hunters this fall about CWD and the deer herd. If they cannot figure out that wolves are their best friend when it comes to keeping this in check then it is their own fault. I guess diseases like these spread easier when you artificially keep populations of an animal such as deer high so that each hunter can have his trophy each year and then attempt to kill off all predators in the process. I wonder when they kill of all of the wolves what they will blame next?

  3. Bobette Traul

    April 23, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Well , that’s just it They’re farming deer and it won’t work. I found out that the Lolos wolves in the Bittersweets were shot because of a proposed ski hill. This rancher is in deep doo doo and has to dig himself out. Some guy answered me cause I popped the question and he said that is what happened to the Spotted Owl. Ski Resorts. Can’t build them with an endangered species on the site.


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