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Bucky Dennis: slob hunter

hammerhead.jpgClyde “Bucky” Dennis enjoys killing animals. He has become known for hooking very large sharks, fighting them to exhaustion, then drawing the shark close to his boat and killing the suffering animal. Then he weighs the corpse, takes some photos and figures out what to do with the animals remains.

On Tuesday, Mr. Dennis killed a 1,060-pound hammerhead shark in the waters off of Boca Grande. He told Fort Myers’ NBC Ch. 2 that “he doesn’t know what he’ll do with his latest catch.”

In 2006, Bucky killed an even larger shark, a female who was pregnant with 55 shark pups. She was estimated to be over 40 years old. An employee of a local fish company described the scene when the shark was brought to the dock, “Most of the women and a lot of the men were upset to see such a large, wonderful creature end up like this.” 

We’ve bemoaned the fact before on this blog, but for some reason the killing of large sharks never fails to grab the media’s attention. Please contact NBC Ch. 2 in Fort Myers and urge the station to stop glorifying cruel and wasteful killings of sharks. Explain that sharks are magnificent creatures who are essential to the ocean ecosystem.

Reporter Ryan Hughes
E-mail: ryan.hughes@nbc-2.com (send a copy to comments@nbc-2.com)

25 Responses to “Bucky Dennis: slob hunter”

  1. on 09 May 2009 at 9:41 am Barb

    I am horrified that Bucky Dennis is out there slaughtering sharks for no reason. Someone needs to hook him, work him to exhuastion and then wonder if they should mount his remains. Trophies are stupid.

  2. on 09 May 2009 at 1:29 pm Dan

    Maybe Bucky can proudly tell his grandchildren someday, when the Great Hammerheads are gone, how helped in their demise. There is no purpose to kill that shark. I doubt it helps his guide business, the number of “morons” who would sign on with that type of guide is small and, thankfully, getting smaller.

  3. on 11 May 2009 at 6:22 pm Ben B

    More people are killed from elephants a year that by sharks. Is it ok to kill elepahnts.

  4. on 17 May 2009 at 8:33 pm Jeff

    Your worst nightmare….You are a moron. Show me the last time a hammerhead shark attacked and killed a person. JACKASS!!!

  5. on 19 May 2009 at 9:35 am your worst nightmare x3

    Hey Jeff, Please go in the ocean and post a picture of you hanging out with the hammerhead, like maybe take a pic of you hugging it or something? because you know, they never killed anyone. I’m pretty sure the shark will show love to you. Do it, you wont.

  6. on 19 May 2009 at 10:33 am Tracy

    I don’t care if “Bucky” knew the shark was pregnant or not!! It doesn’t make him any better of a person…He still killed something just for the joy of killing it!! Hunting is not a sport…it is the pathetic attempt for losers to feel superior by slaughtering unsuspecting animals. People who support the actions taken by Monsters like Mr. Dennis are devoid of a conscience and I pity them for their ignorance. This world would be a better place if everyone could just learn to RESPECT life, ALL LIFE, living in it.

  7. on 19 May 2009 at 3:27 pm Gladys

    Your Worst Nightmare - you are the environment’s worst nightmare. Are you so stupid that you cannot understand that by killing off a species that you are taking one more link out of our survival? Just because it’s a shark does not mean it’s a killer, and even if it was, that species was on this earth millions of years before we were. Just because you don’t like something or you’re afraid of it you want to kill it. You’re a self-involved moron. Go open a book and learn something.

  8. on 20 May 2009 at 12:21 pm Laura

    You people are just plain ignorant worrying about a fisherman “killing” a pregnant shark when your opinions & comments should be aimed at something REAL in this world : children been abducted, people getting murdered, world hunger, etc. etc.
    You all need to respect HUMANS more than some animal you will never be able to swim with or enjoy. Wake up - & get a life.

  9. on 20 May 2009 at 6:32 pm Sandra

    Worst nightmare indeed. Typical ignorant attitude of the uninformed. I’ve been around sharks many times in the ocean, including a hammerhead and they have never shown any interest beyond mild curiosity. Humans are and always will be the most senseless and pointless predators on this planet…’bucky-boy’ the Florida red-neck being an prime example. Personally I hope he dies a horrible death.

  10. on 26 May 2009 at 4:37 pm Linda

    Mr. Dennis, you are a creep. You should be made to eat the entire shark.

  11. on 28 May 2009 at 12:36 pm smmarkfan

    I am an animal lover, I find them quite delicious! Although I don’t hunt or fish (I’m confident enough to purchase my meat from the butcher), I’ll gladly kill any animal with more teeth than me. Sharks and snakes are high on my list. So are opossums, but only because they’re just big rats.

  12. on 28 May 2009 at 6:55 pm Fletch

    I am an animal lover, and I do find them delicious as well. I have fished the pass and enjoy eating the fish I catch. But to enjoy eating a tasty animal for years to come, you must promote the sustainability of that animal and the ecosystem from which it comes. To kill another shark of that size to prove to yourself and the world that you are a great fisherman seems pointless and senseless.

  13. on 02 Nov 2009 at 5:34 pm bill_

    Mosquitos and fleas have killed more people than sharks have. Strictly speaking, it’s the diseases mosquitos and fleas carry that have done the killing, but you get the idea.
    Unless an ecologist convinced me otherwise, I’d be happier in a world free of mosquitos and fleas.
    You might be wondering where I’m going with this. I certainly am!
    I think almost all shark fisherman (except Mr. Dennis) should release all sharks. I don’t know if the environment would go whacko if sharks became very rare, but I know I would be sad. They are wonderful creatures, just ask one. I’m not some person who’s romanticing an animal he knows nothing about; sharks are a big part of my life.
    There are jaw sets (old!) hanging on my wall, 2 50# class outfits, and 130# class outfit leaning on my bookcase. I shark fish 25-30 times each year . I’ve also been in the water with big ones and been scared as hell.
    Of course sharks dangerous, but so are big dogs (except mine), cars, powertools, thunderstorms, in laws, slippery sidewalks,…
    So save the sharks for the future of our planet, but most of all, for me.

  14. on 14 Oct 2010 at 10:05 pm jackhammer

    i kill about 7 to 10 sharks day.i also feed them to my dogs.they make great wallets which i have people in jail make for me.if you want one my website is www.jackhammerskin_wallets 10%off for you animal lovers

  15. on 17 Jan 2011 at 10:19 pm Bucky jr.

    I am Bucky Dennis jr. Bucky Dennis’s son I have been on multiple websites tring to explaine there is nothing majorly emoral about catching a shark. Due to the majority of ignorant comments you all have been posting exept for the few understanding people I come to the conclusion have of you are dumb illogical tree hugers who refuse to comprehend your personal opinion is wrong and only on here because you need a daily douse of drama in your pathetic life. The only thing on this website that is technicly correct is my dad caught a shark this two bit reporter does not know what he is talking about and your so socialy akward you belive him! I am firly convinced half of you that commented only did to feel importaint or right. I am geting off track here reporter Ryan Hughes is tring to emply the shark was torchered at the moment it got to the boat which is dramaticly incorrect. Commenter Dan you are wrong about the manner of business that is going of my dads charter business it has improved ten times full due to the two huge catches.commenter jeff the last attack from a hammerhead happed six years ago killing two a child only three years of age and a mother who was six months pregnant. Hammerheads are the 3rd ranked man eater shark in the world after great white and bull shark so get your facts strait. I can asure all of you great hammerheads are no where near extinction due to the fact if you where to dive in boca grand past in tarpon season you would see tens off thousands and even a large amount of them being over sixty years old and a thousand pounds larger in mass then my dads so sharks are not your friends they dont care about you hippies tring to save them if they get the chance they will take you out you are ingnifsifagant compared to them why do make such a big deal about a shark dieing and not caring if a person die instead you disgust me you all are scum and dont whorry I will be right out the to “kill some more sharks” you pansies suck it up it a fish really go and cry about it and build a bridge to get over it you tree huger democratic peta loving inbeastiality flamboyant people!

  16. on 13 Mar 2011 at 6:03 am Sloane Dennis

    Stupid people. I hope a shark eats you haters, he meant no harm, its his job. You people are extremely cruel. Go to hell

  17. on 13 Mar 2011 at 6:06 am Your worst nightmare

    “Gladys” is a prick and I work at a library, but okay thanks for the push to open another book? haha try harder to insult me.

  18. on 30 Apr 2011 at 11:39 am new jersey

    If you morons love the sharks so much you should invest in weigh stataions where people could weigh live sharks. You people have no idea how hard fisherman work to catch trophy size fish. Finding bait, cooking in te sun, waiting years, spending money, figting the bastard all day or night. No shark angler is going to release a world record. its like winning lotto and not bithering to collect the winnings. We landed on the moon we can find a way to way a hammerhead live. If someone makes this possible he wont kill the damn things. hes catching them all in the same area anyway. if he keeps going out hell do it again if thinks hes got a new record. Its pretty obvious those giants will go to the pass year after year.

  19. on 07 Sep 2011 at 10:39 am Uggh

    It is hard to read your comments, much less take them seriously, when they are laden with so many grammatical errors. To call other people ignorant when your post is basically un-readable is actually really funny. But, I don’t think you were trying to be funny. Before spending more time defending your dad’s horrific lifestyle on these message boards, go back to school. You should also ask your dad if he would still hold the world record shark title if the shark was weighed without the 55 babies in her stomach.

    By definitiion, your dad is cruel for sport-killing that shark and her babies. No one on this message board wished any harm to you or your family. You are the only one wishing harm on anyone else.

  20. on 17 Nov 2011 at 4:30 pm Dave

    Inbred Bucky Jr. is just an ignorant redneck like his scumbag father.

    The fact that he has the grammar and spelling skills of a 3rd grader should come as no surprise.

    I hope Jr. and your old man get a taste of karma in the worst way. I hope you both suffer.

  21. on 19 Nov 2011 at 9:52 am Dale-O

    I hope that Buck Dennis dies a slow and painful death. The same with others of his ilk.

    Pure scum.

  22. on 22 Apr 2013 at 8:11 pm Dave

    Your retarded, 10s of thousands of hammerheads? Don’t think so inbred. Bucky jr your complete white trash along with your father. Please return a comment after mine, oh yeah I forgot your trailer doesn’t have Internet gfy big hoss

  23. on 18 Jul 2013 at 7:27 am Sheri Dennis

    wow you call bucky and bucky jr, who is my son amd you say you wish they both die a nasty long and very painfull death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are the scumbags not them and you have proved it to the world for wishing harm & death to a young boy and u make fun of him…….. tell you what since we are such rednecks and scum ,then you come to my house and i dare you to say that to our faces and not hide behind a fucking computer we live in punta gorda fl and i will gladly give you our street address!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! come on im waiting you stupid people you are the Trash…… p.s. go fuck a tree or all the other stuff im sure you love so dearly you guys are fucking low lifes so bring it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. on 24 Jul 2013 at 5:41 pm Allen

    I just want to congratulate you on having the world record it is by far impressive. Though when I get back from Gloucester from catching Blue Fins I’m coming for your record and I won’t stop until I got it. I’m grateful for you for setting the bar so high so it can be a real challenge for someone like myself to break it. It’s all that I have been training for for the past year and I don’t mean for any disrespect in this posting. I hope to meet you when it’s over because your actually my inspiration that people can achieve great feats if they try. Also as a fisherman wishing you great days and safety on the water because what we do isn’t the safest thing in the world. Talk to you soon Allen….

    P.S. What is wrong with all these people being so mean to you on this page along with your family. Hey you caught a fish not killed a person. They totally are in the wrong and don’t have a clue what it takes to do what you did. And you single handley helped the tarpon population down there. People are dumb till that shark shows up and takes someone special form them.. Sorry for the morons out there I am also a fan…

  25. on 26 Dec 2013 at 8:33 pm Sierra

    I agree with Allen 100 percent

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