World lay off of Josh Bowmar!
Seriously, the guy killed a bear. I think most of the protesting around Josh’s method is actually a protest against hunting itself. If he did something illegal then go after him. However, as of the writing of this article, it looks to be a legal kill.
If you kill something in an unusual way (even if its legal) be prepared for the uneducated fall out. Heck, even if you kill something in the usual way (rifle), like when Walter Palmer took a lion in Africa, people freak out. Dylan Mayer of Washington harvested an octopus with his bare hands and the guy got death threats. People complain when you do not give the animal (what some believe to be) a “sporting chance” yet when you do people still object. Gun, spear, or thumb haters are going to hate.
Some would say that using a spear is unethical. Let it be known, that spears have been a common, if not the dominate, method of hunting by humans since their have been humans. The province Josh was in has not banned it (but probably will now). Also, I have seen at least one hunter with solid reasoning argue that the kill is cleaner than many bow-and-arrow kills.
Keep in mine it worked. The animal died relatively quickly and Josh found it – which is better than many deer hunters do. It has got to be at least as ethical as taking a 700-pound crocodilian (love that word) with a .22. No one protests when that happens multiple times per episode on Swamp People.
I would be lying if I was 100% OK with the whole situation. There does seem to be a bit of sadism with this particular kill but I am not Josh or God and it is still legal. I think attaching a gopro to the spear itself was a bit overboard. However, as a hominid and spear owner I will state that the guy killed an animal that kills other animals and even attacks humans from time to time. The smarter creature won that day and that for many is the problem.
What are your thoughts? Was this an ethical hunt?