December 18, 2017
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  • Anonymous

    This is a nice program for our veterans.  Kudos to the organizers.

  • Anonymous

    derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • awsum story  get a bear paul

  • Al Brady

    take that hadji 

  • Anonymous

    Great to see good things happening for veterans here in Maine! 

    • Anonymous

      I fail to see what is great about this endeavor.  If more death is the best we can do for our wounded soldiers, this country is in far worse shape than I originally thought (and after the last presidential election, I had set the bar pretty low).

      • Anonymous

        It’s not all about you.

        • Anonymous

          No, it should be about respecting living creatures, and killing animals is somehow therapeutic to soldiers who have seen incredible violence and have been on the receiving end of it?  It just makes zero sense to me.

          • Anonymous

            Going on a hunt like this is about much more than killing animals.  I’ve been on hunts with friends and family and the memories I have are about the laughs I had with them, the experience, and the things we saw.  To qualify hunting as purely a need to kill something does a disservice to many generations.  While I’ll agree with you 100% there are some who want nothing more than to just kill something for the sake of killing something, I don’t believe that’s the majority of those that spend time in the woods.  I’ve had many years I didn’t get anything in my trecks out but I still have fond memories of those times for one reason or another.  While I hunt for food and not for a trophy, I’m not one that would go pay for a hunt like this however I don’t put people down that do.  As long as they don’t simply leave the animal to rot and spoil, I have no problem with someone killing their own food.  It’s as natural to humans as breathing.

  • Debbie

    Thank you to our Veterans, may you enjoy your time here in Maine. You are all the best!!!

  • Anonymous

    Baiting bears and waiting for them to show (after video taping their show times) seems not very sporting…..

  • Anonymous

    Of course the bears are the ones being stressed–how would you like to be hunted and killed?

    Ursus Taliban?

    • Maybe you would rather have them forget the bear and go after you? Ah shucks, bear hunting isn’t so bad after all !

      • Anonymous

        If they came after me, at least I would be armed.

        But I see your rationale……gee, they have to kill SOMETHING so it is better it be the bear than a person?…..yeah, ok.

  • Anonymous

    Neither does paying someone to kill a cow so you can have hamburger.
    Thank you veterans. I hope you get that 400 pounder!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, there is nothing like relieving combat stress by murdering animals…..and then looking so proud in a picture of the dead animal.  I will NEVER understand this mentality.  I await the “uh, but it is our heritage.” crowd.

    • Anonymous

      We could get a picture of you in Shaw’s meat section holding up the steak or bacon you are going to eat with a big smile on your face. Just becasue you pay someone to do your killing for you does not make you better than those who choose to do it themselves. These honorable veterans nearly give their lives for your freedom, you put them down. Hypocrisy at its finest.

      • Anonymous

        Hypocrisy if I ate meat which I do not.  Any other assumptions you need to make?

        I am a gun owner, am very proud of our military, but you mention hypocrisy, and I see soldiers who were around so much violence (and were unfortunately on the receiving end of it) who then go out and kill animals and really just for the sake of killing animals.  Am I the only one who sees this as ironic at best? It is so nice to see that war has impressed upon them the value of life.

        We won’t even touch on the insanely cruel topic of bear baiting.

        • Anonymous

           Have you ever experienced bear baiting and all it involves personally or are you basing your opinion on hearsay?

        • Anonymous

          it wasnt “just to kill” it said he took home 30 lbs of meat and a new rug….ive had bear meat and its not bad…but if you dont eat meat then ya you dont get it…your food is leafy ours goes roar before we eat it…

        • Anonymous

          Slaughtering bear cubs is just another good reason to avoid meeting with your parole officer and getting away from ones nagging spouse who insists that you look for a job.

      • Anonymous

        Workin on a kill floor for a living is a job…and not a very plesant one, either. 
        Thinking you are a “big man” for shooting a little bear barely out of cubhood, because you enjoy shooting animals is sick.     Not exactly rocket science to see the difference.

    • Anonymous

      It’s not all about you.

      • Anonymous

        It should be about respecting living creatures.  It has nothing to do with me.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t understand knitting a pair of mittens when I can buy mittens at the store. I don’t see the benefits.

      You don’t understand the benefits of hunting.

      Doesn’t make us bad people…just ignorant of others pastimes.

    • Anonymous

      wow- what a kill joy. Maybe you should move? Tree huggers, how obnoxious……

    • Anonymous

      mur·der   /ˈmɜrdər/ Show Spelled[mur-der] Show IPA
      noun 1. Law . the killing of another human being under conditions specifically covered in law. In the U.S., special statutory definitions include murder committed with malice aforethought, characterized by deliberation or premeditation or occurring during the commission of another serious crime, as robbery or arson (first-degree murder), and murder by intent but without deliberation or premeditation (second-degree murder). 2. Slang . something extremely difficult or perilous: That final exam was murder!
      3. a group or flock of crows.

      Funny, I don’t see hunting here.I do see a person sadly out of touch with the reality of the impact their existence has. Animals die so your veggies may be farmed, your house built, your clothes made.etc etc.But just keep wearing those oil based clothes while you vilify others that chose to live in reality. I’m sure you’ll sleep better at night.

  • Anonymous

    hat’s off to you,, thank you and i hope you enjoy good hunting forever. 

  • Anonymous

    I would much rather have a stressed out vet calm him or herself performing an honorable sport like this rather than killing his fellow soldiers or other civilians for some strange demented perspective or other questionable reason.

    • Anonymous

      I’d much rather have a stressed out vet calm him or herself by doing community service, like working in animal shelters or wildlife rehabilitation centers.   Depressed, out of work killers are de-stressed and made happy by killing again?   Some people love killing and shooting guns.  That’s nothing to be proud of, and nothing I support.  Just looking at the size of that little yearling cub says it all.

  • Anonymous

    ““Hunting is something I can teach him and pass on to him,” he said.”
    ___________________________________________________
    Yep, nothing like teaching your 5 y/o the “value” of killing animals and pass it off as a bonding experience.  Teaching him to love and care for animals as he grows up is something you could teach him, but why do that when you can just teach him to kill things.

    • Anonymous

      See….when your totally ignorant on a subject you should refrain from posting and making yourself sound foolish.

      There are around 200,000 hunting licences sold in Maine each year….19,000 deer are killed and 2400 bear.  That’s a lot of unsuccessful hunters.

      Some life long hunters never shoot a deer or bear or maybe just one or two in their lifetime, but they still sit in the woods year after year. 

      Do you really believe it’s all about the killing?

      Does Grandma knit you mittens because she can’t afford to buy you a pair or does she just love to knit?

    • Anonymous

      An old saying ” to each his own” . How about leaving it at that . You don’t like it, don’t do it.Some people do.

  • Anonymous

    So, lets see now, if you are stressed out about killing men and being wounded in battle, go out and kill a poor, baited, defenseless bear. Totally senseless…….

    • Anonymous

      Ever been wounded WJ or killed a man? Save your senseless comments till you have!

  • Anonymous

    tjones doesnt get it at all. It isnt about the killing. Sitting in a blind or on a stand is a communion with life itself. I personally look forward each year to my time in the trees. Whatever your higher power is, nothing compares to good ol’ ma nature. As for killing bear, well, lets just say we dont. The population will grow by 5% per year. with a population nearing 30,000 we would have appx. 38,000 in as little as five years. Car bear accidents would increase, driving insurance rates up. Home and camp owner complaints would increase, requiring more attention from the already stressed warden service. everyones taxes will rise, cause where else will the money come from if no-one is hunting anymore? last but not least, tjones, when the bear is in your kitchen and very hungry, you will want to shoot it yourself! now last………….      OORAH!

    • Anonymous

      I will not speak for tjones, but on the surface, I think he/she DOES get it. The story here is NOT about enjoying nature… or even hunting…that is great, if that is what the vets need.

      The story here is about bear baiting, and the camp owners having a “down” season and therefore offering the vets the opportunity to kill bears via baiting, and taking MY money as a contributer to the Wounded Warriors organization. I am horrified to think that my contributions are used to support this, and I will let WW know. THe issue is not about communing with nature, killing a bear in your yard or on your property, it is about baiting, making money from the activity, reinforcing the act of killing in vets, AND the Wounded Warriors foundation using MY money to pay for this….

  • Anonymous

    I’m sorry.  But this is about baiting an intelligent animal and then killing it…because you can and it makes you “happy”. THEN you’re  PROUD about it ??!!  Look at the size of that little  bear.  Wake up Maine.  This is NOT “hunting”…it is killing.   And it is a blight on the term “hunting” and “sportsmen”…as is SAM.  Killing every single animal you can, for as long a season as you can, as many ways as you can…is NOT sportsmanship nor good stewardship of our wildlife.  It’s nuts.

    • Anonymous

      I am pretty sure I pass this place on Rt. 9 on the way to Bangor. It reminds me of a cemetery, worse than… a death camp.

  • Anonymous

    Oh my land!  War veterans getting a week of comradery off the battlefield and people are complaining about hunting and killing animals that they will eat for food for many months.  Give me a break.  I got chills and a deep sense of appreciation while reading this article and felt like vomiting after reading some of the comments.  Get off your high horse and allow these veterans some well deserved vacation.  Kudos to the Wounded Warriors Project, Mr. Morse and Ms. Stromeyer.  Thank you and unending gratitude for all of our veterans.  

  • Anonymous

    Whatever gets them over the hump, but it seems like more guns and death is the last thing “therapy” should involve if you have been witness to death and destruction. Why not take a camera and leave the bears breathing at the end of the day instead of dumped into a chest freezer?  Seems like that would be a better affirmation of the upside and beauty of life.  No matter, I thank the vets for the service to the country.

  • sorry – but thats not a scull of a bear – its a cow moose:) :)

  • f you are against these vets hunting tell it to there face . OR DON,T YOU DARE

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