Jason Babin kills a bear

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On Thursday, we looked at the worst moments for the Chicago Bears since 1987.  There’s a bear in Alaska that has a new submission for the top of his own “worst moments” list.

That bear was killed on Monday by Titans defensive end Jason Babin, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

“It is not wide-open, rush the bear like you would a quarterback,’’ Babin said.  “But once you shoot the bear and run through the woods and go after it there is definitely a second rush of adrenalin.  You know this thing can kill you if you don’t put a good shot on it.”

We’ve got no strong feelings one way or the other on this one.  But we suspect plenty of the readers do, so we’ll shut up now and let you talk about something in the comments other than the labor dispute.

77 responses to “Jason Babin kills a bear

  1. Dude shops at the store I work at in TX. I refuse to look at him in the eye after his asinine lockout comments.

  2. animals exist for humans to eat. as simple as that – its part of the food chain. you don’t people getting in an uproar when a bear kills a fish or whetever the hell they eat…this is no different.

  3. Of course, it wasn’t Kyle Orton..he plays for Donkeys not Bears.(beat you all to it)

    Really need a 5-10minute window for editing posts for when stupid sets in(then you would need to edit all your posts-beat you again)’

    Was it Jay Cutler?

  4. Memo to Jason Babin: don’t be that proud of your “accomplishment” — you’re not actually kicking a bear’s ass in real life.

    Oh, it’s way way wayyy different than that.

    What actually is going on is you’re taking advantage of high tech ballistic equipment invented by others way smarter than you – to serve the purpose of blindsiding an animal before he knows you’re a threat. Your input into the equation involves nothing but cowardice and an astonishing lack of regard for life.

    You want to impress? Go take on a bear face up when you’re armed with nothing more than a knife or a set of nunchucks.

  5. Unsportsmanlike conduct.

    While you’re at it, why don’t you head down to the local grade school and see if you can find a game of pickup basketball?

    For your next adrenaline fix let me suggest some spear fishing for Great White shark.

  6. Nice, let’s shoot a bear from a hundred yards away! I hope u feel real macho. I’m not a tree bugger or part of PETA, but I’ll only kill what I eat. What are you gonna do with it babin? Stuff it! Or let me guess donate it to the poor. Lol, that’s a great excuse hunters use to make themselves feel better over a senseless kill! U R overrated as a player and not much of a man. Once u shoot the bear and go running through the woods to go get him there’s a adrenalin rush. Pathetic! I’m 5’11 180. Just your average size guy, u want a piece of me ? I’ll gladly accept. And I’ll show u adrenalin like you never seen, chump.

  7. Congrats to Jason Babin for being a better shot than the bear. Oh, that’s right, the bear didn’t have a gun. You’re quite the real man, Babin.

  8. Just a hunch, but I’m guessing that thing wouldn’t have a chance at killing you if you weren’t out in the woods looking to shoot it in the first place.

    And for you hunters out there don’t take that as a hunting commentary, if I wanted to make a hunting commentary I’d talk about how actual sports involve two opponents vying for the same thing.

  9. Seriously? Bear hunting? In this day and age? Man, I just don’t get it, and I grew up in hunting territory. At least in deer-duck-boar-etc hunting you can say “I’m eating what I killed.”

    This?

    Kill-for-thrill.
    Plain and simple.

    Not a bunny-hugger, but really, dude . . . this is what it takes to give you a rush?

    I’ve known guys that hunt with a bow and a knife. Still don’t get the thrill, but at least I respect that they’re genuinely risking something in taking down their prey. This guy?

    About a half-step removed from shooting game from a helicopter.

  10. As someone who was raised in a hunting environment, mainly deer, when i was young, i got an incredible adreneline rush from shooting a poor defenseless animal from a tree stand hundreds of yards away, be it either rifle or bow and arrow(arrow would be about 20 yards away), and the bonding i felt with my old man at these times, is truly a pleasant memory,but in the end, i realized years later it’s what he liked to do, gutting an animal, no matter how big the rack, is a nasty nasty task. I don’t begrudge hunters, as i know the rush, and i understand the reasoning, but please don’t try an explain to me or anyone the adrenline you feel as you sit there with a 30 ought six while an animal fights for it’s survival….

  11. Not a big fan of shooting wildlife but at least Babin was on the ground rather than in up a plane.

  12. If he’s like my grandpa and takes it to a taxidermist he can use the head to freak out many generations to come.

  13. here comes PETA to ask the NFL to suspend him forever and never let him play again. Also, I predict they’ll be contacting the local DA asking him to press charges.

  14. How about we release Jason Babin into the Alaskan wilderness and hunt him, see how much adrenaline he gets then……poor bear.

  15. It takes a ‘real man’ to use a high-powered rifle to take down a bear in the bear’s own backyard ….

    Regardless, Babin has now assured himself of a purgatory where he experiences all the horrors & pain of a bear mauling daily for a near eternity …..

    Payback is hell …..

  16. CNN just reported that the taxidermist has confirmed that it was not a bear, it was Braylon Edwards’s girl friend!

  17. If he fought the bear with his bare hands I’d have some respect for him. If he actually needed the pelt to stay warm and meat to eat, I’d understand. If the bear had gone rogue and moved into a town and was posing a threat to people then it would be absolutely necessary.

    Still, I am not quite sure where the thrill comes from using a rifle to kill at long range comes from. A bear presents much the same threat level as squirrel at long range, whilst presenting a bigger target.

  18. The reason I can’t get behind the players is because although some of them are starting to speak out, and encourage negotiations. I believe most of them do not seem to care, and are enjoying this break. Babin has talked about building a pond in his backyard, hunting a wolf in Alaska, and now killing a bear.

    Has he done anything to encourage negotiations? To me it is further proof that most players have checked out and are allowing De Smith to ruin the show, sorry I mean run the show.

  19. Can’t wait for the Vick supporters to get all over this one! Newsflash, its not the same thing!

  20. Wow, tough guy, go for that adrenaline rush! Got your gun from the factory, took a plane to the woods, walk around a little, shoot the first bear you see, run after it because it’s wounded, but whoa! Adrenaline rush! It could kill you! Did you drop your gun or something? Dumbass.

    Try going into the woods unarmed. If you come out with a dead bear, you’re pretty tough. Otherwise you’re just a dumbass that bought a gun and shot the first thing you saw. What are you going to do next, run over a cat that’s crossing the street? “Man, it was a rush, if you wreck your car while swerving, you could get hurt. It was serious.”

  21. “It is not wide-open, rush the bear like you would a quarterback,’’

    what an idiot

  22. I’d rather have a bearskin rug in my living room than have Jason Babin in there…..

  23. First lessons after I was given my first rifle;
    1) always assume it’s loaded
    2) never point it at anyone ever
    3) it is NOT a toy
    4) don’t dare ever drink alcohol and pick up your gun
    5) if you’re not going to eat it, or give the meat to someone who will, don’t kill it except in self defense. It’s senseless and wasteful.

  24. hotpappyjohnson says: May 27, 2011 2:15 AM

    my cousin got raped by a bear

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    He was asking for it. Going out into the woods with no pants and greasing up his ass with bacon grease and blueberries.

    Hussy.

  25. Big deal. Aaron Rodgers kills Bears and he’s going to continue to do so, for the next ten years.

  26. turk2875

    but it WASNT a dog…. it was wild game, completely legal. It seems if you do things in accordance with the law you DONT go to prison…. go figure!

  27. Hey look, we’re all commenting on a story with no real relationship to football that was posted for no other reason that to draw comments.

    The good news is we are helping to sustain PFT ad dollars. The bad news is we’re probably going to get more of these “controversial” topic stories.

  28. I hope all you people professing your love for the bear are vegetarians. I guarantee you that the bear had a better chance at survival than the steak, burger or chicken you had for dinner last night did.

    I guess it’s easier to ignore the fact that if people didn’t hunt then animal populations would rise to the point where we would see the human-wildlife conflicts rise dramatically. But not before you looked in you backyard to find a bear feeding on Rover because he can’t find food in the woods.

    Ignorance really is bliss for some.

  29. Hello to all the vegetarians out there. Its human nature to rape and pillage even within our civilised society. We humans are at the top of the food chain and we like to believe the natural resources have been put here for our pleasure, but when they’re gone they’re gone. It’s similar to the NFL owners wanting to squash the players like bugs, just because they can. What a rush.

  30. “thekingdave says: May 27, 2011 12:59 AM

    Dude shops at the store I work at in TX. I refuse to look at him in the eye after his asinine lockout comments.”
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    You work in a retail store.

  31. bengalsown says:

    You work in a retail store.

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    So you have utter contempt for people trying to earn a living by serving self-righteous a$$es like you, do you?

    Obviously you’re either a leading cancer researcher, or Mother Theresa, right?

  32. Hye Babin, we’ll be impressed when you square off against the bear hand to hand and choke it out. Shouldn’t you be working out with teammates or something right about now?

  33. “You know this thing can kill you if you don’t put a good shot on it.”
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    Though I’ve never hunted in my life, I’m not “anti-hunting” per se ……. but dude, get a grip.

    You shot an unsuspecting bear who never knew you were there – and couldn’t have possibly harmed you – from a safe distance with a high-powered weapon using a high-powered scope.

    You didn’t wrestle the bear to death Dan’l Boone style.

    If you didn’t “put a good shot on it”, the worst that could have happened is that the bear would have bled to death trying to reach wherever the hell he thought you shot him from, long before you even needed to worry about running for your life ….. or shooting him again.

    Big brave man.

  34. LOL A lot of idiots who never hunted on here spouting junk. While I only shoot what I eat, unless it poses a direct threat to me, the fact is you have no clue what you are talking about.

    A brown bear is very capable of surviving getting shot. In fact, it often takes more than one shot to kill a bear and they are extremely dangerous when wounded. Did you know they can sprint up to nearly 40 miles an hour? Twice as fast as a man. Which means they can close the distance between you and them in a heartbeat.

    Perfect example, my buddy is a game guide and a client hit a bear with an arrow that went clean through the bear nicking it’s heart, piercing it’s lung, and leaving a decent hole all the way through it. That bear actually got away. A week later another of his clients shot a bear and guess what — it had an arrow hole right through it.

    Shooting a bear with a 30.06 would only piss him off — unless you hit him absolutely perfect in the heart which isn’t easy to do. Also if you shoot a bear in the head, the likelihood is that he’ll be coming at you. Typically a shot to the head will reflect off the skull causing little damage.

    And statements like he should have fought it with a knife or by hand are just plain stupid. These animals could bat your head right off your body sending it some 40 feet away.

    You would know how dangerous these animals are if you ever talked to anyone who got attacked by one. Of which I know a number of people who have. I’ve even had bear stalk me and trust me, it’s not a good feeling.

    So if you don’t know what you’re talking about, then shut up already.

  35. Whynotusecommonsense/ you don’t have to be a vegetarian to respect life. Bear is not a dish served at 98% of restaurants in America. Respect all living things! Alaska wildlife will probably always outnumber the human population in Alaska. So just stuff your bear and donate the meat so you can sleep better. Chump

  36. I just love all you liberals on here feeling sorry for a bear(I’m sure bears love you as well,why dont you go hug one of them cute little polar bears you morons seem to love so much) You talk about respect for life,but everyone of you wimpy wussy little PETA punks are just A-OK with the murdering of unborn babies. Where is your indignation there? Can the unborn defend themselves better than a bear? You people make me sick.

  37. I hope someone takes a rifle to a game and shoots this mother******
    ………. then scurries onto the field in some sort of quasi football-cammo gear outfit with an orange vest and ties him to the front of a pick up while taking pictures with your arm around his flacid body.

  38. bears0492 says:
    May 27, 2011 1:15 AM
    animals exist for humans to eat. as simple as that – its part of the food chain. you don’t people getting in an uproar when a bear kills a fish or whetever the hell they eat…this is no different.

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    1) Supermarkets/butcher shops exist so people can buy meat made from animals raised to be eaten. You don’t need to hunt any more.

    2) When was the last time you saw a bear kill a fish with a gun?

  39. @ IveKilledPeople’s comment—-“I just love all you liberals on here feeling sorry for a bear(I’m sure bears love you as well,why dont you go hug one of them cute little polar bears you morons seem to love so much) You talk about respect for life,but everyone of you wimpy wussy little PETA punks are just A-OK with the murdering of unborn babies. Where is your indignation there? Can the unborn defend themselves better than a bear? You people make me sick.”
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    Well, when we don’t abort em they end up like you—> a fuggin as$clown who thinks a bear from Alaska is gonna use his frequent flier miles to hop on a plane and make an unfriendly visit to Babin in Tennessee.

    It’s not about feelin sorry for the animal; it’s about people like you being a massive p#$$y and killing for sport from the safety of your own p#$$y hiding spot a good distance away from an animal that would rip you to shreds if you weren’t such a p#$$y, p#$$y. It’s fuggin d@uchebags like yourself who think they have the right to determine what lives and what doesn’t just b/c you can kill something from 100 yards away while m@sturbating your buddy next to you.

  40. ivekilledpeople says:
    May 27, 2011 12:25 PM
    I just love all you liberals on here feeling sorry for a bear(I’m sure bears love you as well,why dont you go hug one of them cute little polar bears you morons seem to love so much) You talk about respect for life,but everyone of you wimpy wussy little PETA punks are just A-OK with the murdering of unborn babies. Where is your indignation there? Can the unborn defend themselves better than a bear? You people make me sick.

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    Wow, you making the assumption you know squat about my stance on abortion, my political affiliation and anything else is not at all presumptuous. (deploy sarcasm function). I can do that too. I am going to assume you’re a hunter, right? I am also going to assume you drive a pickup. I also assume you’re a redneck who sleeps with family members. Wow! This IS fun!!

    For the record:

    I hate PETA.

    I like meat. I eat it all the time. No problem with meat eaters.

    I have no problem with hunting to cull population OR if you’re going to use the whole animal.

    Hunting for sport is what I have a problem with. Its needless and not a sport if one side has no chance.

  41. Ivekilledpeople, I said respect all living things. I’m pro life, a member of the NRA, and have my ccw. So why don’t you stfu Punk!

  42. And this is different from what Vick did in what way?

    Oh yeah, it’s legal right?

    Okay…and this is legal why? Who came up with the rules that killing a bear is okay, but by God if you kill a dog you go to jail for two years? It’s a sport though huh? Yeah. Now that’s what I call hypocrisy.

  43. Nice work, bad ass. Next time, grow a sack of nuts and take on the bear without a gun. I just hope you save some of that bear meat so you can postpone, for a least a few months after your playing career, you and your white-trash, in-bred tattoos standing in the free government cheese and food stamp line when you’re broke, with no education, and no future. Yeah, you’re a real man. Now go get another tat to make yourself feel really tough and scary.

  44. @ alaskanguy says: May 27, 2011 12:04 PM

    LOL A lot of idiots who never hunted on here spouting junk. While I only shoot what I eat, unless it poses a direct threat to me, the fact is you have no clue what you are talking about.

    A brown bear is very capable of surviving getting shot. In fact, it often takes more than one shot to kill a bear and they are extremely dangerous when wounded. Did you know they can sprint up to nearly 40 miles an hour? Twice as fast as a man. Which means they can close the distance between you and them in a heartbeat.

    Perfect example, my buddy is a game guide and a client hit a bear with an arrow that went clean through the bear nicking it’s heart, piercing it’s lung, and leaving a decent hole all the way through it. That bear actually got away. A week later another of his clients shot a bear and guess what — it had an arrow hole right through it.

    Shooting a bear with a 30.06 would only piss him off — unless you hit him absolutely perfect in the heart which isn’t easy to do. Also if you shoot a bear in the head, the likelihood is that he’ll be coming at you. Typically a shot to the head will reflect off the skull causing little damage.

    And statements like he should have fought it with a knife or by hand are just plain stupid. These animals could bat your head right off your body sending it some 40 feet away.

    You would know how dangerous these animals are if you ever talked to anyone who got attacked by one. Of which I know a number of people who have. I’ve even had bear stalk me and trust me, it’s not a good feeling.

    So if you don’t know what you’re talking about, then shut up already.
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    no sh!t shooting a bear with a 30.06 would piss him off…….. you’re fu**ing shooting him you moron!

    And the bear wouldn’t sprint 40 MPH after you to swat your head off…. if you left him alone and didn’t fu**ing shoot him, Corky.

    I guess when you represent your family’s 5th straight generation of brother-sister offspring abominations, you fail to realize these simple concepts. I relish the though of a bear ripping your balls off just to spare the life of the inbred child your tiny pecker is attempting to conceive….. that is—– if daddy lets you have a turn.

    Why can’t you just stick to hunting squirrel, possum, and other rodents that frequent your dinner table?

  45. That bear had about as much chance against Babin at long range with his rifle as that wild steak had against me at dinner last night. And just like Babin, I knew that steak could kill me if I didn’t put a good fork on it, so my adrenalin surged as I chased it all over the plate, trying to finish it off! Only unlike Babin, I was man enough to attack it with a knife instead of a rifle, and slashed it repeatedly until it bled out all over the plate. After sopping up all that blood with my dinner roll, I beat my chest and asked the waitress for the check. I knew my manly validation ticket had been punched when she slipped her phone number in with my receipt!

  46. rezburna says:
    And this is different from what Vick did in what way?

    Good point. Using the same logic, there is no difference between killing a man by lethal injection and beating him to death with a length of rebar or burying him up to his neck and stoning him to death, either. Maybe the Department of Corrections should go Vick-style and start applying capital punisment by electrocuting the condemned by his testicles or smashing his head in with a cinder block. The latter would definitely help out the taxpayer’s burden in this uncertain economy; the brick could be used more than once, after all.

  47. Man… we as a society are so far removed from nature it’s sickening. We went tens of thousands of years in a natural state, where a man who couldn’t hunt, fish or grow his own was just too weak of a man to live.

    Now we’re at the point where the majority of Americans are completely ignorant of all it entails and would rather kill the hunter than the bear.

    Enjoy your grilled chicken salad tonight while chewing with your canine teeth and sleep well in your beds knowing how superior and progressive you are.

  48. i am a hunter and a tree hugger. i see nothing wrong with hunting a sustainable bear population although i myself choose not to hunt predatory animals. tree huggers should thank hunters for the millions of dollars that go toward stewardship of wild habitat. there would be less trees to hug without those funds. my family has agreed to turn over our 35 acres to ny state as forever wild once my wife and i go to the happy hunting ground in the sky. my whitetails & turkeys will have a nice home for years to come. loss of habitat is a 1000 times worse for wildlife then untin pressure.

  49. I like to think of liberal treehuggers/ animal rights activists as those in the forest who stumble upon grizzly cubs, then go hug and pet them…

    then the news reports about a terrible tragedy in the woods about some EPA or PETA folks who are missing their heads.

  50. wuznotsobad says:
    May 30, 2011 5:52 PM
    That bear had about as much chance against Babin at long range with his rifle as that wild steak had against me at dinner last night. And just like Babin, I knew that steak could kill me if I didn’t put a good fork on it, so my adrenalin surged as I chased it all over the plate, trying to finish it off! Only unlike Babin, I was man enough to attack it with a knife instead of a rifle, and slashed it repeatedly until it bled out all over the plate. After sopping up all that blood with my dinner roll, I beat my chest and asked the waitress for the check. I knew my manly validation ticket had been punched when she slipped her phone number in with my receipt!
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    Now THAT was good!

    But really, to be fair, only a fool would go at a bear with a knife. But I would suggest, if you were really after the thrill of kill-or-be-killed, go after one with a bow and an 8-foot spear. If you can take a bear down that way, then I’ll give you props. Heck, start slower, and talk to one of those buffalo ranchers and see if they won’t let you climb on a horse with a wood shortbow and go get that herd stampeding while you try to take one down Native American style.

    Or better yet, join the Army and go poke around Afghanistan. Think of it as a real-life Call of Duty match.

  51. What a Punk!!!! He killed a cub, the poor cub only weighed 170 lbs.
    Real Men only kill adult bears over 500 pounds!!!!
    Remember what goes around, comes around.

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