WSJ “Outdoors” Writer Sees Nothing Wrong With Wolf Hounding

29 Jul

As usual, pro-killing rabbit assassin and “outdoors” writer, Patrick Durkin, has to weigh in on the pro-killing side of Wisconsin’s upcoming wolf slaughter. As expected, he sees absolutely nothing wrong with running packs of vicious dogs on wolves, night hunting, trapping, or baiting a species that began the year on the endangered species list. What a surprise! Here are some quotes from the article:

“Yes, Wisconsin will be the only state to allow hounds for hunting wolves, but how many states allow wolf hunting, period? So far, just Idaho and Montana. So how can we know with certainty that running wolves with hounds inevitably ends in fights? We don’t even know how many houndsmen will actually hunt wolves.

In talking to houndsmen whose dogs chased wolves during past bear seasons, wolves can ditch dogs, and be bayed much as bears, bobcats, cougars and raccoons can be treed. Some folks object to those practices already. So be it, but why is pursuing wolves with hounds worse than turning beagles loose on rabbits, Labradors on ducks or springer spaniels on ruffed grouse?”

It’s not “worse” than letting dogs go after any other animal. Any form of hounding is a brutal and barbaric practice only done by the most sadistic of the hunting community. Those who approve of it are not much better. Apparently Durkin thinks that hounding is just a harmless Wisconsin “tradition” just as the other pro-killing apologists do. Then Durkin goes on to defend night hunting, bait, and leg hold traps:

For their part, upland hunters worry that leg-hold traps set for wolves will catch bird dogs once wolf season opens. They suggest waiting until December to trap wolves. True, traps could catch someone’s Lab, but dogs are more likely to lose themselves in the vast North Woods, just as they’ve always done.

Further, leg-hold traps are just that: leg holds. The dog’s owner can remove them, and they seldom cause real damage. The DNR has used leg-hold traps for years to catch and tag wolves for research. Besides, wolf pelts are thicker and more valuable in December and January, so it’s possible most trappers will wait until then to pursue wolves.

Still others think it’s unsafe to hunt wolves at night. If such concerns are valid, why don’t we have widespread heartburn with hunting coyotes and raccoons at night? It’s been legal for years.

Others fear bait will habituate wolves to humans and make them more troublesome. But the law is written so only scents and foods legal for bear and deer baiting can be used for wolves. With all the bear and deer baiting and feeding in the North Woods the past 25 years, why would wolves only now associate humans with free food?

That’s right, Mr. Durkin. Justify every disgusting element of this plan and blow off each and every concern that people have. Scott Suder, the bear hounders, and the DNR can do no wrong, right? Do people like this guy ever not support any killing endeavor no matter how extreme? Please leave your comments after the article.

Patrick Durkin: Wolf hunt elicits swirl of emotion



Posted by on July 29, 2012 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves


7 responses to “WSJ “Outdoors” Writer Sees Nothing Wrong With Wolf Hounding

  1. Animal Connection

    July 29, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Reblogged this on Animal Connection.

  2. chance

    July 29, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    It’s easy to see why Mr Bear Hunter shill Patrick Durkin is a freelance columnist. He doesn’t know squat about wolves or any wildlife for that matter. He sure does stick up for George, Corky and Scott Suder though.

  3. Bobette Traul

    July 29, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I was wondering if you read his article. I cut it out. He makes it sound as comfortable as going to Grandma’s for Sunday dinner. He is totally oblivious to what is going on in the woods. I don’t quite get his speech on the laxness of the Tribes. Sure they look at the wolves in another light but they lack emotion? What planet does he hail from? E-mail him .

    • chance

      July 30, 2012 at 7:17 am

      Thrill killers are incapable of emotion. They feel nothing. They look down on the tribes and it was clear that Suder and the other leg trolls didn’t feel the tribes deserved to be included in the discussions. They didn’t even consult with Dick Thiel- who knows more about wolves than the Bear Hunters Bit^& Suder could ever know. People have to be made aware that Suder, the Farm Bureau, and the Bear Hunter shills don’t want the 350 number of wolves to be adjusted upward. It’s all politics and NO science whatsoever. Shlepp and the other DNR idiots have an agenda

  4. Florence Eaise

    July 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    That man seems to have an answer or justification for EVERYTHING so long as it helps him kill more animals! I cant believe any of his bs but the part where he talks about someones lab or dog getting caught in a leg trap he first says all they have to do is take the leg out it wont hurt them too bad (BS) then he says well dogs get lost there all the time anyway as if to say well if they dont get caught in the trap theyll just get lost n die anyway.What a monster! Excellent post!

  5. M. Mixson

    August 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    You, Monster P. Durkin can not explain away your sadist thinking. How much money have you made off your sick animal killing? NONE OF MY BUSINESS, But stopping your money making habits IS. You were not born and your heart never formed.

  6. nanci00

    February 25, 2013 at 11:58 am

    You, sir (tho you deserve NO respect from ANY God fearing American) are in my prayers that the very damaging Karma that you deserve visits soon. Maybe a wolf lover will bring it to you. You see, your kind are found more often in Asia boiling puppies alive than in America . It is disgusting and frightening that your kind even EXIST in America. Lack of empathy means you were BORN WITHOUT mirror neurons and since they are hereditary we can bet your parents were suffering from the same lack of character.. Worse, you will pass the lack on to your children, so if you have already reproduced there are MORE soulless sub-humans out there to disdain and hate. And citizens of Wisconsin? The Governor who is allowing wolf hounding and the torture and terror it causes God’s creatures is who YOU people voted into office. Think AGAIN. If you are not lucky enough to have him removed sooner.. vote this SOB out of office… and off to obscurity and shame where he belongs. I have visited Wisconsin many times… NEVER again. In fact, I will rant about this shame and the SADISM that infects Wisconsinites to every person I can, and for sure, every time someone mentions that State!


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