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    Alberta bans spears in big game hunting

    CBC News Posted: Feb 07, 2018 9:42 AM MT Last Updated: Feb 07, 2018 10:53 AM MT

    Alberta's NDP government is banning the use of spears for hunting big game animals.

    New hunting regulations announced Wednesday prohibit the use of spears and spear-throwing tools like atlatls a type of stick hunters use to throw a dart or short spear at prey. The new rules also introduce new standards for ammunition.


    "These changes will discourage reckless actions and ensure big game animals are not subjected to unnecessary suffering," reads a statement from the province.


    Starting with the 2018 hunting season, only rifles, shotguns and conventional archery gear will be legal for hunting big game animals including deer, elk, moose and bear.


    Big game hunters will also be required to use a minimum .24-calibre buckshot "to ensure a quick and effective kill."


    Those caught breaking the rules under Alberta's Wildlife Act could face up to $50,000 in fines or be sentenced to a year in jail.


    "Modernizing our hunting regulations will ensure safety and prevent game from experiencing undue suffering," said Environment Minister Shannon Phillips in a statement.


    The new regulations had been promised since August 2016, after a video surfaced online showing an American hunter throwing a spear at a black bear in northern Alberta and then cheering to celebrate his kill.


    People around the world reacted angrily to the video. Some called the use of a spear barbaric. The controversy triggered a storm of angry letters to the province.

    Alberta Environment and Parks said more than 3,900 responses from the public helped shape the new regulations. The new rules won't interfere with the rights of Indigenous hunters to practise traditional hunting methods, the province said. The vast majority use firearms, with about 18 per cent getting a bow-hunting licence.

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    Anti-hunters react angrily to every type of hunting activity, so which one will they try to have banned next?
    Some may laugh off spear hunting because they don't take part in it, the problem is which activity will they come after next?
    Scary that so many bans are being put in place because some don't agree with the practice.

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    It is a barbaric and inhumane way to kill an animal. Through the years Ive met a few of the characters who wanted to 'try' it. What struck me most was not one of them gave half a thought about a clean and humane kill. Ontario banned the practice years ago (their own initiative) and its about time other jurisdictions did the same.
    Ontario also took the initiative decades ago to rid the commercial fur industry of questionable trapping practices and that industry still thrives today in spite of low sales prices.^

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpsmyth6 View Post
    Anti-hunters react angrily to every type of hunting activity, so which one will they try to have banned next?
    Some may laugh off spear hunting because they don't take part in it, the problem is which activity will they come after next?
    Scary that so many bans are being put in place because some don't agree with the practice.
    Are you referring only to hunting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    It is a barbaric and inhumane way to kill an animal. Through the years Ive met a few of the characters who wanted to 'try' it. What struck me most was not one of them gave half a thought about a clean and humane kill. Ontario banned the practice years ago (their own initiative) and its about time other jurisdictions did the same.
    Ontario also took the initiative decades ago to rid the commercial fur industry of questionable trapping practices and that industry still thrives today in spite of low sales prices.^
    I agree with your sentiments , basically another hunter with a big ego needing satisfied that led to an outcry and a ban.If he was smart he would not have filmed the hunt and made it public,when you shine a spotlight on yourself bad things happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishermccann View Post
    Are you referring only to hunting?
    In this context I was referring to hunting, but pretty easy to apply elsewhere. Seems if a conservative doesn't like something, they don't do it. If a liberal doesn't like something they want it outright banned.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mpsmyth6 View Post
    In this context I was referring to hunting, but pretty easy to apply elsewhere. Seems if a conservative doesn't like something, they don't do it. If a liberal doesn't like something they want it outright banned.



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