Mike, Brian et al.,
Time to let the spurs jingle and jangle. Knowhattamean? By the way this is in the Hunting section because, well, you know...
So I read about the unfortunate mauling up by Claude's and I thought to myself about the possible circumstances--spit-balling if you will, without drawing any conclusions since I'm not privy to all the facts. I was trying and think through the most likely sequence since I too spend time in bear country and this could happen to anyone.
Here's what I came up with:
Likelihood #1 Hunter shoots bear. Bear retreats to cover. Hunter pursues. Bear jets jump on hunter. Hunter is rescued by partners. Bear dies of wounds and is recovered later.
Likelihood #2 Hunter stalks bear into cover. Bear gets jump on hunter. Hunter shoots charging bear. Hunter is rescued by partners. Bear dies of wounds and is recovered later.
Of course it could have happened any number of ways but I'm an Occam's Razor sort of guy--the simplest answer is usually closest to the truth.
Anyway, my point is while I was in spit balling mode I said to myself, "Self, bet me some d o u c h e b a g (if you put spaces in between the letters you can post any word you d a m n well want to) will make a Mother May I giant assumption and accuse this poor guy of some ethical or legal violation."
And it happened. Because it always happens, because you guys don't swing that Mod hammer often or hard enough. (and you continue to allow threads that belong in one of the other 7,000 sub-forums)
So, to bring this ramble on in to the barn I'd like to suggest that if it's not in the rules already you add the following:
IF YOU ACCUSE SOMEONE OF WRONG DOING WITHOUT PROOF YOU WILL BE SUSPENDED FOR 30 DAYS. SUBSEQUENT VIOLATIONS WILL RESULT IN BEING BANNED PERMANENTLY.
(And take d a m n off the word filter)
And if you want to suspend me for being a pain in the a s s, I understand.