No stranger to a crossbow, David Booth found himself in the Twitter world’s cross hairs Thursday afternoon.
The Vancouver Canucks winger tweeted out a photo of his latest slaying, a Rocky Mountain goat that looks to be roughly the size of an early-August Dustin Byfuglien:
There’s only one trophy in the world harder to get than this… And I’m getting that next. twitter.com/D_Booth7/statu…
— David Booth (@D_Booth7) October 11, 2012
A serious big-game hunter, Booth, as you may recall, posted a video of himself luring and killing a grizzly bear back in May. After being widely criticized for his violence against animals, he removed the clip from YouTube just days later. (Bear hunting is legal in British Columbia.)
“Mountain goat hunting is most physically demanding as it involves dangerous situations with the animals or negotiating steep and rugged snow covered terrain and only the most physically fit hunters with good athletic ability can endure it. Physical fitness of level 4 is required to undertake this expedition,” according to HuntingTipsAndTricks.com.
“Due to the rarity of these animals, in some regions a hunter will have to wait for almost seven years before applying for license again. Only a few lucky hunters experience this extreme and exhilarating hunt. Make sure to start training six weeks in advance to going on your goat hunting trip.”
Booth’s image of himself triumphant over the formidable goat — which actually belongs to the antelope family — sparked a flurry of 200-plus retweets and comments both clever and critical, from players, fans and media:
@d_booth7 Congrats Boother… thats a heck of a billy you got there!! Been chasing the swamp donkeys around Alberta last few weeks!
— Ryan Jones (@jonesry28) October 11, 2012
I can’t believe David Booth killed the Luckdragon. We will never forget you, Falcor.
— Anthony Del Fiacco (@adelfiacco10) October 11, 2012
“Thanks for the invite, but what is this? It tastes kind of odd and…” – Dinner guest. “Keep eating, I have six tons of it.” – David Booth
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) October 11, 2012
@botchford I thought he was talking about the President’s Trophy.
— Paul (@Nux16) October 11, 2012
— Bob Torrens (@BobbyT52) October 11, 2012