Now Here’s a REAL Man For You

Just like shootin’ fish in a barrel.

Country star accused of killing tame bear
Troy Lee Gentry allegedly shot enclosed animal with bow and arrow
…Authorities allege that Gentry purchased the bear from Greenly, a wildlife photographer and hunting guide, then killed it with a bow and arrow in an enclosed pen on Greenly’s property in October 2004.
The government alleges that Gentry and Greenly tagged the bear with a Minnesota hunting license and registered the animal with the state Department of Natural Resources as a wild kill.
Gentry allegedly paid about $4,650 for the bear, named Cubby. The bear’s death was videotaped, and the tape later edited so Gentry appeared to shoot the animal in a “fair chase” hunting situation, the government alleges.
…Gentry’s manager, Johnny Dorris, said Wednesday that Gentry, an outdoorsman and hunter, expects to be exonerated.
Gentry “relied on the knowledge and expertise of a local guide to obtain the proper permit,” Dorris said in a written statement. “Troy felt what he did was legal and in full compliance of the law and was surprised to hear of the indictment.

It would be hard to get much more revolting than that. Maybe we should zip strip ducks to his carnival games, too.

4 Responses to “Now Here’s a REAL Man For You”

  1. Dave E. says:

    I’m pretty sure Gentry did not hunt a wild bear but I wouldn’t get too much further out there than that. Last night the local news here said he shot a “caged” bear. Now it’s an “enclosed pen”. The thing is that this place has some acreage and the definition of enclosed may be several acres. I’m not saying if he’s guilty or not, just that I wouldn’t trust the news media reports at this stage. If he did shoot a tame bear, shame on him and throw the book at him.

  2. The_Real_JeffS says:

    Unfortunately, hunting in an “enclosed pen” is not unknown. I mind me one commercial animal preserve in the northwest that keeps a herd of elk (amongst other creatures [an important point in this story]).
    The owner would, ummmmm, enhance his income by feeding one of the bucks a lot of mineral supplements. The elk’s rack would grow to amazing proportions, the rack being the important thing to some hunters (me, I prefer the meat. Not that I hunt ’em, I just eat ’em).
    Then the guy would then advertise this animal on some web site, taking bids for the hunt, the winner being able to kill his/her very own elk without bothering to hump through the woods in the process. Since these creatures are human fed, they don’t spook at the presence of people (not tame, though). So walking within 50 meters with a rifle would be easy. BAM! A terrific rack to hang in the office, without all the sweat and bother of the hunt.
    Illegal? Apparently not. Gruesome? No. Unsporting? You betcha!
    One year, or so I hear, the bidding was close to $50,000 for one magnificent speciment. The winner paid — in cash — and the date was set.
    But a couple days before the date, other inhabitants of the preserve intervened. See, this preserve also has (had?) wolves. Who escaped one night, got into the elk pen, and made themselves a meal of that particular elk.
    Oh, well!
    Too bad…….

  3. I’d call that poetic justice, Jeff! Just like those Congressmen and bigwigs in Texass shooting the hand-me down leopards from roadshows and carnivals. They’d open the cage, prod the scared to death thing out the doorway and blast it.
    Gutless bastards.

  4. Gunslinger says:

    They’re called “canned hunts”. Every last one of these operations should be shut down, the proprietors and the patrons rounded up and used in a real life version of “The Running Man”.

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