And People Wonder Why We View Bear Hounders As Monsters?

07 Jan
Some "traditions" just need to die.

Some “traditions” just need to die.


I am barely able to type this post because I am so distraught over the plight of California bear hounders. This sadness comes from the fact that California banned the hounding of bears and bobcats this past September. It seems that the poor California bear hounders who claim to “love” their dogs so much are in a tizzy about how they are going to sell or get rid of their dogs. And then I read about hounder, Donnie Millsap, and my heart just broke over his plight:

As far as Donnie Millsap is concerned, he had the perfect job.

Two years ago, the Farmersville resident and avid hunter started a side business taking fellow hunters to an area south of Badger to track and hunt black bears.

“I bought a four-door truck with four-wheel drive for this business for about $15,000,” along with about $1,500 worth of knives, guns and other supplies, not to mention the cost and time involved in training, feeding and caring for his four hunting hounds.

It wasn’t Millsap’s main job, but it allowed the heavy-equipment mechanic to do what he loved and earn money to support his own bear-hunting hobby.

But all that changed when the new year began, and a California law took effect banning the use of dogs to track or hunt bears or bobcats anywhere in the state.

“It effectively took my business,” Millsap, 53, said of state Senate Bill 1221, which California legislators passed last year. The law was signed in September by Gov. Jerry Brown.

So this sadist cannot make anymore money off of his sick blood sport. My heart just bleeds for him. This is an example of the ignorant and ridiculous argument that these hounders make:

For his part, Millsap said it’s wrong for California to ban a hunting method that has existed for centuries.

“My reaction was when are they going to stop taking stuff away from people? I mean, hunting dogs, that goes back in the history books. I remember reading in school about famous people going out with a dog and going after a raccoon at night,” he said.

That’s funny, when I was in school I also remember reading about how “famous” people used dogs to go after runaway slaves at night. So is that right as well, Millsap? I get so tired of words like “tradition” and “heritage” being used to justify every sick and barbaric activity these sadists do.

Then we have Millsap expressing how much he “loves” his dogs:

“I give these dogs more attention than some people give their children,” he said.

And Millsap said a hound can’t be trained to go after an animal it doesn’t want to go after, including a bear.

“This dog here, he’s 12 years old,” he said of one of his hounds, Ole Buster. “He’s been doing it all of his life. If he smells [a bear], he is going to go after it.”

But there is always a catch with these people. Millsap and another hounder sadist are whining about how they are going to get rid of the dogs that they “love like children.”

Without the extra income from his business, Millsap said he can’t afford to keep his dogs, and Duplessis said he already gave away three of his dogs, because if they can’t hunt, he had no reason to incur the $300 a month it cost him to feed them.

Before SB 1221 was passed, his remaining dogs were worth between $2,500 and $6,000. Since he can’t use them to hunt anymore or breed them for other bear hunters in this state, Duplessis said the dogs are practically worthless.

Millsap, who also is considering selling his dogs or turning them over to an animal shelter if he can’t find a buyer, said selling dogs to hunters in other states isn’t much of an option, because they know that the new California law will allow them to buy the animals cheap from people desperate to sell them.

“You went from a $5,000 dog to — maybe, if you’re lucky — a $1,000 dog.”

Yup, they “love” them so much that they want to sell them for big money or dump them at a shelter. And they wonder why most sane people view hounders as monsters?

The rest of the article goes on to give the same old whining that all hunting is going to be banned by the “antis” and that the ban on hounding is just a start. The typical NRA backed paranoia that these people are famous for. All I can say is that California deserves massive praise for putting an end to the deplorable practice of hounding. While states like Wisconsin continue to expand hounding, California is following the right path. Excuse me, I must get some tissue because I am still so upset over the bear hounders plight. Read more here:

Tulare County hunters aren’t happy about new state law



Posted by on January 7, 2013 in Bears, National Wildlife Issues, Wildlife


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11 responses to “And People Wonder Why We View Bear Hounders As Monsters?

  1. matthewilliamiller

    January 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Sarcasm much ???

    Cheers !!!

    – Matthew

    On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 11:56 AM, Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife

    • rali74

      January 7, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Me? Never. 🙂

    • Roseary Lowe

      January 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks so much for your wonderful site. It is good to know that there are many people out there who understand that it is time to stand up for wildlife. Too many groups which claim to be for wildlife and other animals have genuflected to the hunting/trapping lobby. I am proud to say I am anti-hunting and anti-trapping. We are working on revising our website:, and we would be glad to feature your site, and comments any time.

      • Roseary Lowe

        January 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm

        Sorry, I have a typo on the above comment: The name should read “Rosemary.”

  2. Sandra McGee

    January 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Boo-hoo, poor bear hounders. My heart bleeds for their sorry situation. (NOT)

  3. Terri Minnick

    January 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I wonder, how come it took this long ? When will Wisconsin wake up ?? Your days of making money (or just for fun ?) on this barbaric practice are coming to an end

  4. Maureen

    January 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    All I have to say is boo f***ing hoo. Please pass the kleenex, Paul. 😉

  5. Bobette Traul

    January 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Awwww, I feel so bad. This guy any relation to Ronnie Millsap? Good going Paul.

  6. laina

    January 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Jerry Brown, can you be our governor please?
    I talked to someone who recently moved here from California. When the wolf hunt topic came up she made a face and said, “I never realized Wisconsin was so backward.”

    • rali74

      January 7, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Yup I hear that often too. Wisconsin tries to give the rest of the country the illusion of being this down home country bumpkin state when in reality it is full of some of the most brutal, cold, and sadistic people that I have ever encountered. This is why this wolf killing crap needs to be spread nationally so this state is boycotted.

  7. Dywane Brown

    January 7, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Next thing you know they will say it was wrong to ban slavery. Tradition doesn’t mean anything if others are harmed and oppressed in the process.


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