In an attempt to stir up outrage against hunters, The Daily Mirror dug up a five-year-old video on YouTube featuring a then 9-year-old Reed taking part in a bear hunt on his 9th birthday. Reed is now 14.
The video shows Reed, who hails from northern Alberta, and other children perched on a “lair” high above a gathering black bears dining on oats that had been left in order to bait the furry creatures.
Reed’s father, Greg Sutley, says that the video showcases his son’s “coming of age”.
This coming of age experience saw Reed fire a shot into the heard of the largest black bear, ending its life instantly. Dad says his extensive training meant the kill was painless and swift.
After Reed takes his shot, he and the other boys present in their camouflage react excitedly.
Greg explains that they’re excited because “when all of the work finally pays off and you finally get to shoot your bear, it’s an exciting moment. It’s not about ‘we’re vicious little kids and we want to kill the bear’.”
Their hunt was conducted legally. But some feel that it was as inappropriate as the trophy kill that claimed the life of Cecil the Lion.
But Greg, who runs a hunting outfitter business in Grande Prairie, says that “our whole lives we have grown up with our greatgrandpas hunting, my grandpa hunting – that’s how we put food on our table.”
Is there something wrong with teaching your child how to hunt animals? Is it a way of life in Canada that should be preserved? How old were you when you claimed your first kill in a hunt?
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