In December 2015, Josh Turner made a trip to the West Coast to join former pro football player Mike Pawlawski for a boar hunting trip, which was also filmed for an episode of Gridiron Outdoors for the Outdoor Channel.
Turner was looking forward to the show's premiere on Valentine's Day, and took to social media to promote the episode.
During the episode, Turner and Pawlawski worked together to hunt down a 300+ lb. wild boar in the hills of California's San Joaquin Valley. The duo eventually found the boar, and Turner expressed his excitement about the whole hunt.
"What an exciting day," Turner said. "Mike and the guys were great to hunt with and this hog is incredible...They say he’s in the top 1% of what they see as far as size goes. It took four grown men to hoist him onto the tailgate!"
However, Turner's actions soon came under fire by animal rights supporters and PETA, who compared Turner to Walter Palmer, the man who became subject to public backlash after hunting and killing Cecil the Lion in July 2015.
"The overwhelming majority of people today have condemned the Walter Palmer–style trophy hunters of the world, yet here’s Josh Turner grinning over an animal’s still-cooling body," PETA's Senior Vice President Lisa Lange told RadarOnline. "It took four grown men to lift this majestic animal’s corpse, but it takes a truly small person to gun down a living being just for a thrill."
Turner has not responded to the criticism about his hunting trip, but we will be sure to keep you updated if he does.
You can tune in below to watch a video preview about Turner's appearance on Gridiron Outdoors.
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