Goats latest victim of NHL lockout after Booth kill
Canucks left winger David Booth tweeted this picture of himself with a dead mountain goat on Oct. 11, 2012. (Twitter)
Published Monday, October 15, 2012 2:04PM PDT
Last Updated Monday, October 15, 2012 3:01PM PDT
While some NHL players are planning charity games or joining European hockey leagues during the lockout, Canucks player David Booth is using his free time to hunt goats.
The left winger traded shooting pucks for giant mountain goats this October and is gaining some Twitter attention.
“There's only one trophy in the world harder to get than this... And I'm getting that next,” Booth tweeted on Thursday with a picture of himself with a freshly-killed white mountain goat.
Booth, who has tweeted about his passion for hunting in the past, is receiving mixed feedback from the public about his animal-slaying pastime.
“You’re going to shoot the Stanley Cup?” broadcaster @JasonPHT tweeted.
According to his Twitter account, Booth only hunts for the sport of it, and never eats anything he kills.
Booth seemed to get the goat of many hockey fans, who tweeted jokes at the hockey player’s expense.
“What's going to happen when Burrows scores, reaches for an arrow and realizes David Booth stole them between periods and killed Fin?” @BrowntoBure tweeted.
This isn’t the first time Booth has come under fire for tweeting about his trophy hunting. In May, he was criticized for making Boston Bruins references when he stalked and killed a bear on a reality TV show.
On April 30, Booth tweeted about his excursion into the wild, saying he was "in Alberta trying to kill a few bruins."
He went on to say “Just killed a Chara sized bruin! 7 ft black bear- 21in skull."
Booth's YouTube video of the event is unnerving to watch. As the video first unfolds, viewers watch as Booth studies a black bear that has turned over a white trash can in the forest.
With the camera darting between his burly target and the metal star tip of his bow, Booth takes his shot and the bear flees. But a few moments later, Booth stands over the dead animal, its lifeless paw in his hand.
While hockey fans have already been vocal about wanting the NHL lockout to end, goats and other Booth-attracting game may be the next group to hope the two sides come to an agreement soon.