But Bowmar is standing firm in the face of criticism. Earlier this week, he told the The Mirror his critics have no respect for ancient history.
"You all should be ashamed of yourselves for trying to kill a heritage that has existed for over a million years," he said. "Literally, since the dawn of man, the spear has been a vital role in survival. If (I) didn't care about the humane killing of this bear, why did I spend years preparing and practicing, becoming extremely proficient with a spear to make sure I could harvest this bear ethically?"