New DWTS “Paper Moose” Controversy

New DWTS “Paper Moose” Controversy October 4, 2012

Last week, to get in the mood for our Dancing with the Stars quick step to “Redneck Woman,” Mark and I went to a shooting range.

Twitchy reports on some of the Twitter backlash against me, because I shot a paper target imprinted with the image of the moose.  Not a moose, mind you.  But a moose outline.

Guess what, paper moose lovers?  It gets worse than that.  A few weeks ago, my dad took Willow and me on a moose hunt.  In case you who don’t know where food comes from, this is what keeps our freezers full at home.

If who’ve never been to a range, don’t knock what you haven’t tried.  When you do it right, target shooting is safe and a whole lot of fun.

As for those whose hearts are full of compassion for paper, I can assure you that the targets don’t feel a thing.

See you at the range!

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  • Seriously!? I thought this was one of the BEST parts of Monday night’s show – loved it. 🙂

  • People were upset that you shot a paper moose?!? What about the paper PERSON you guys also shot at?! More concern for a moose than a person. Unbelievable. And the fact that it’s paper makes the entire issue just plain stupid. We live in northern Michigan and LOVE to hunt here (and shoot, too!). Our 10-year-old son, Maguire, had his first deer hunting experience last weekend.

    Don’t ever be swayed by public opinion, Bristol. It’s not worth it. You only live this life once. Make the most of it!

    Carrie 🙂

  • Justine Stewart

    Wow, they need to get a hobby! I feel like no matter what you do that someone will always find something wrong with it.
    Anyways, happy shooting!! 🙂

  • Alice

    What an awesome response!!!! You go girl!!!

  • Holly

    LOL .. love your response Bristol. What nonsense … people just “looking” for ways to fuss at you. Keep your chin up and know that people who actual THINK for themselves know that a paper moose is in no way the same as a real one!

  • You have improved so much and it ooks like you really enjoy dancing now. It’s knowing you were not dropped. Nest week you number s will start to climb. Tripp is so-o cute !

  • charli chad

    Give em something to talk about! Nothing better than a girl who can shoot, hunt and protect herself! Apparently they’d rather eat leaves and bark if they had to live in the wilderness. Keep it up!

  • deedee

    I don’t get all this hate. And I thought you danced great. Loved the shooting range part.

  • agrams

    enjoy those moose steaks Bristol,, good eatin’

  • Michael

    You go girl. Keep shooting. 🙂 All of your fans love you.

  • Michael

    You go girl. Keep shooting. 🙂 All of your fans love you.

  • Lindsey

    So wait, people are more upset that you shot a fake moose than Mark shooting a fake human?? Wow

  • Jessica

    This is fantastic!!!! People get more and more ridiculous everyday. Target shooting and hunting for that matter are both fun. These critics need to get a life.

  • pkay

    Bahahaha. That’s crazy. Your doing great, Bristol. Stay focused on the job at hand and don’t let the naysayers get ya down. I am so impressed with you AND your family ! Team Bristol and Mark all the way !! Kick it in high gear girl. From one redneck girl to another !!

  • Firelight

    LOL! Some of these people have no idea how badly they are in need of a mental enema! Crying over a paper moose, what’s next? Are they going to force kids to eat the black organic jelly beans too because they might get lonely if they are the only ones left in the bag and we wouldn’t want to hurt their natural jelly self-esteem?

    You are doing good Bristol! Keep it up and ignore the haters!!

  • Bristol, liberals are just idiots if this is all they have to gripe about. They are so threatened by you and your mom, that they will search for anything to bring you down.

    Keep using the animals for exactly what God placed them here for – food!

  • Nightbird

    I saw this nonsense of the Facebook DWTS post. Honestly. Have people heard of the right to bear arms? You know what it is, Bris? City people. Some. They think meat comes from the grocery store and they can but their alternate proteins there. 🙂

    • Nightbird

      ‘on’ and ‘buy’ Bad spelling, me!

  • forget about what other people think you go girl

  • Arlene

    Fussing over paper moose???? Wow!!! Unbelievable. There are better things to be worried about. They just have to find something to say again. Just ignore these people. Keep smiling

  • Laurel

    People, and by that I really mean the media, are always on the hunt (pun intended) for things to be offended by…..and unfortunately, people, and by THAT I mean bored people with no real opinions of their own, are always ready to jump on a bandwagon to defend any percieved offense-valid or not.
    I guess no one has anything better to do or be offended by this week than a shot up paper moose. lol 🙂
    And that says a lot about the state of our culture….
    BTW- You’re not only a great shot, but you have charm and grace on the dance floor and I’m voting for you! Good luck next Tuesday!

  • DWH

    Do they have a problem with the ‘paper man” Mark shot?

  • Karen Nicholas

    They were mad about you shooting a pic of a moose? But they were okay with Mark shooting a picture of a human siloette???? Doesn’t make since. But it’s cool I still think you rock!

  • Godisalive

    Agree with all of the above. Doesn’t do any good to argue with them. I would have a hard time shooting an animal of any kind because I do love all animals BUT if I couldn’t feed my family any other way…you bet I could. I am a meat eater, just have a hard time thinking about shooting them. LOL Know that drives some of you, especially the men, crazy.

  • Becky Shephard

    Poor paper moose and his paper family lol. Bristol you are amazing! I know negativity can get you down but you know who you are in Christ and that is all that matters

  • Whitney Lukenbill

    Thank you Bristol for alays being yourself and never swaying from your beliefs. You’re on my bucket list of people that I want to meet 🙂 good luck this week!

  • Bristol,
    Always remember you and Mark are doing great!!! These people will do anything to try and do you in.
    I see that you both are not going to let that happen. I loved your statement to them. Priceless!!!

    Also I loved your quickstep the other night, I thought it was very good. Both of you are right, there were
    others in the quickstep dances that broke and they did not “slam them”. Carrie Ann has a problem!!!
    As a professional she was out of line to say “slam you back”. You and Mark stay focus like you have
    been doing and you will do great.

    Looking forward to seeing what you two have in store for us next. I know we will love it. Ya’ll looked
    so cute in your western outfits the other night. Tell Mark he needs to wear that more often.

  • Robin

    so many idiots in this world. Jeez, just anything to pick on you. Don’t let it get you down.

  • Hillary

    How dare you shoot a paper moose Bristol! It probably had paper offspring to provide for haha! People are just looking (hard) for things to knock you down on. Oh and Carrie Ann was way out of line this week, she was rude to a couple of dancers but especially you, it’s not like you came up with the choreography all by yourself. How unprofessional! You just stay classy Bristol and keep working hard and silence the haters with your talent (Because you got it girl!)

  • Lena Cooksey

    Hi Bristol, You know people that always tries to degrade someone usually knows little about what they are commenting on. Just be strong and think on good things, you ought to know you are well liked by being voted on with dancing with the stars. Work very hard and I will give you my vote.

  • Bree Merr

    I loved this! Your humor was spot on. I especially loved someone’s comment on facebook “What will little paper moose do without mamma moose” LOL

    I will be voting for your heart and soul based dancing. If others can’t see it … too bad, I’m voting for the reasons I always vote. The whole package of determination, courage, entertaining dance and especially grace under fire (negative, ugly hatred). Haters are flailing. Keep it up Bristol.

  • Joe Bannister

    I don’t know what the big deal is….it was clearly a recycled paper Moose!
    God forbid if you cut down a tree to make the paper Moose…/s

  • david kenyon

    so it’s wrong to shoot the paper moose in there mind but the paper person did even get talked about…..hmmm what about his paper family with him gone who will buy the paper clips and staples to keep there family together and the baby will run out of glue lol

  • Hollie Mitchell(former Alaskan)

    I love your comments this week Bristol, thats awesome. I guess the carnival games that you shoot turkey targets are out of the question too huh. I think people just look for something to complain about and create drama where there is none or should not be. You may not be the best dancer in the world, I dont recall that you ever claimed to be, but you obviously have a head on your shoulders and I think you are so brave to stand up for your beliefs and to put yourself through the rigorous physical and emotional stress of DWTS. Keep up the good work, I think you have improved tremendously since the last season that you danced. If the Chichakos dont like your dancing, there is always the remote control with a button that says off!

  • Bristol,
    Liberals hate guns…remember a few weeks ago when they made hay about your fingers in the shape of a pistol? You could have shot a blank piece of paper with nothing on it. Someone would have balked. I take heat sometimes because my site is all gun-themed…and whoever doesn’t like can go elsewhere. For my part, I’d love to see more of you shooting – and Sarah as well.
    But…I must be completely frank and open with you here….my concern with your range trip was time spent vs. benefits accrued to your performance. The range trip was time away from the studio – probably 4 – 8 hours by the time all was said and done. Did it make Mark or you do the Quickstep better? You don’t have to post that – it’s for you to consider. If it did, great and my concern is unfounded. Was it scheduled time off that everyone was supposed to have. That’s different If it’s neither, then…
    As a fan and supporter of you, I don’t want to see you eke it from show to the next. I want to see you ace it – and Bristol you can. Yes you can. You have it in you. You just need to unlock it. Let the music transport you…. This week coming up especially is going to be a hard one – your hardest show ever to date. For this week – dancing. No shooting. No distractions. Hone yourself to the pinnacle of dancing perfection. Those are my thoughts for today.

  • Phedra

    Some people just have no brains. I’m sure that paper moose didn’t feel any pain whatsoever. I think these must be people that have no life and have nothing better to do than find something to gripe about.

    On another note, Bristol, if you must chew gum on DWTS when you’re up in the viewing box upstairs, chew with your mouth closed. 🙂 Loved your dance but would really like to see you a bit more expressive. You always keep the same plastered smile (a nice one) on your face but the judges like to see expressive faces. We know you can do that. Show some personality like the others do and you’ll go far.

  • Christine Carroll

    You go girl! A paper moose upsets them? They must all be vegetarians, lol!

  • marie

    That poor paper moose….how could you!! Now he and that paper squirrel my daughter shot at her hunters ed class are in their little paper heaven. Oh well. In honor of these poor dead paper animals, I think I’ll pull a roast from the freezer for dinner…deer roast (not paper). In loving memory.

  • Fado

    Another fabricated Palin ” controversy” . Yawn. So so obvious.

    • Gilly

      Absolutely. And the Palin sheep buy into it every single time.

      • liberty


    • liberty


  • Gregory Russo

    I am clearly not a liberal, but I am not a fan of guns.

    However, I do strongly support the 2nd Amendment and the NRA. I do understand the harsh environment in Alaska. You have to arm yourself and hunt for food, there.

    I enjoyed Bristol/Mark’s performance and the song this week. In conclusion, I gave all my votes to them, as well as my prayers.

  • Jenny B.

    What about the paper human form Mark shot? They just wish they were as good a shot as you are.

  • sarah

    Oh my I am so offended by the fact that you shot a moose and Mark shot a man(sarcasm) How stupid can people so the problem is they dont know to shoot and there just jealous that u guys can….lol. Have fun and keep up the good work

  • Laurie

    Bristol, ignore the liberal loons, have fun on DWTS, and as Ron said above, focus on what you need to do to ace this, you DO have it in you!

  • Well, the way I see it, are they only complaining about the moose and not the outline of a person with bullets through “his/her” head? Nothing wrong with a shooting range. 🙂

  • Eddie Greenberg

    Again this has nothing to do with politics! Some people are just plain nuts! This young woman Bristol is doing well on the dance floor. Why not support her and Mark for working so hard to do their best. I see her as respectful, reliable and striving to do her ethical best. Please don’t make this to be an ugly experience for her. All the candidates should be treated fairly.

  • mlynn

    Liberals, come out of your closet and enjoy life for once. All creation were made for mankind, not to rule man. The Creator gave us permission to enjoy His creation and fill our stomach with the animals. But do you know what He disapproved of? killing babies!

    • Fado

      Mlynn, thats your personal religious belief. And not a good one for the planet.

      • Gilly

        I agree Fado. This is the problem with religion. They believe the invisible man in the sky will solve all their problems and they can do anything they want to the earth because He gave it to them. Scary.

        • liberty

          Gilly did your father SATAN tell you that

  • Joseph

    Oh, good grief! What’s the controversy? NOTHING!!!

  • Ellie

    Bristol,don’t pay attention to what they say no matter what you do or say they always have a comment for it.
    You just do your best you have it in you .
    I agree with Ron Devito 100%

  • Karen Crouse

    Don’t people that train to be policemen, CIA agents, FBI agents, etc. practice shooting carboard human targets? Just saying…

  • Cathie

    This is your best blog yet IMHO!! Sadly, I don’t think those “paper moose lovers” have a CLUE as to where food comes from. I thought the shooting range clip was fantastic! I’ve been wanting to go to one myself, but I haven’t worked up the courage to try it yet. I applaud your courage to shoot a gun, and even more, that you hunt! What are those poor paper moose lovers going to eat when times get bad?!?
    Keep up the great work on DWTS!

  • Hey, I’d say they’re pretty brave criticizing you considering your shot was spot on! :0)

  • autumng

    @ NancyLeeGrahn is someone on twitter tweeting nasty things about Bristol. Apparently, she is an actress on the soap opera that Kelly Monaco is on. When Kelly was called “in jeopardy” she supposedly looked over to the other actress and smiled sarcastically at her. Of course, Bristol was safe, so there started the nasty tweeting. What a pathetic woman. I tend to agree with those there telling her that the football fans will vote fro Emitt Smith, the soap opera fans will vote for Kelly Monaco, the Olympic fan have some choices too.

    Show your support for Bristol.

    • NanaJ

      Thanks Autumng. We will

  • Sharon

    She and Mark are getting all of my votes!!

  • NanaJ

    LOL. I love how ALL Palin’s exercise their freedom of speech. You inspire our family and many others. We are voting for you and Mark.

    • Grannie Annie

      Yes me too!

  • bellagrazi

    Hahaha, Awesome! Palin haters are deranged. By the way, that paper moose target got a huge laugh from the audience. Super fun segment, Bristol! You’re a great shot. The boys were very impressed.

  • deeann

    You’ve got to be kidding me. People will find anything to attack you about. Good luck on DWTS I voted for ya as much as the polls would let me. I voted for ya the last time u were on the show

  • lois

    Any one, and I do mean every one that needs to try to bully someone as sweet as Bristol truly has mental problems of a hateful heart. There is NOTHING Bristol has done to earn criticism. Now that we see what a fine young woman Bristol has become, I’m sure 100% of it is pure jealousy!

  • Dennis

    As usual I fail to see what business it is of theirs what you or I do…. At sixteen my Father (who are in heaven) bought me a Mossberg 22 target rifle… I used to go to the police shooting range at the sewage treatment plant, to get there I walked though town, Barrington IL and nobody said a thing… SWAT was not called. Jim Brady was not called.. Everything was at peace in the world…. Now only PC things can be talked about… By the way, I like the look that what is face had on when you put three in the head…. Is he going to take you shooting or stick to dancing.???

  • meloryscott

    I agree with Ron Devito.

  • Karry

    They are upset about shooting a paper moose target? Really? Some people need to get a life! It amazes me how much some stupid, petty, small mined, idiots hate everything the Palins do, say and think just because Sarah Palin ran for Vice-President and they don’t like her politics. I’m happy that the Palin family has enough guts to stand up to these people and keep living their lives. I think the USA is better off with the Palins and more people like them!

  • David

    Good shooting, Bristol. Looking forward to seeing you and Mark dance next week.

  • Joanne

    Bristol, I’ve been supporting you from your first appearance on DWTS and you were fantastic. You and Mark were soooooo so good and I was so glad you were both in the final. You deserved to be. Sadly, there are a lot of people out there that will judge you. If they would TRY and think that: “what if Bristol was my sister?cousin?wife?best friend?” would they talk that way about you? I doubt they would. Dont let them make you feel guilty for the way you live your life. No one has a right to judge you or anyone for that matter. Only God can judge us.
    Good luck with DWTS-all stars. You look great. Mark takes good care of you and that shows. You both have my votes…and what has dancing got to do with politics anyway???? Love ya Bristol . Love Joanne from Greece xxx

  • Terri

    You GO GIRL………. Can’t wait to see you guys next week. These people that talk about you need to get a life!

  • karefromny

    I am not really use to this gun thing. Living in New York, i can honestly say i have never shot a gun before. Lately people been talking about it and the more i talk to people, i realize how many people like to go shooting. I only found out my cousin has guns and goes to shooting range all the time. My sister has guns but doesn’t use them that often. I am like, i am missing out on something.
    My oldest daughter is dating a NAVY guy from Oklahoma. Where as you know, everyone has a gun. So he comes home and visit and he brings some of his guns with him, to take us all to the shooting range. Don’t ask what type of rifles. He has told me many times, but means nothing to me. Some are easy to shoot, others are powerful.
    It was so much fun. It was an outdoor range here on Long Island, NY.
    I went with some of my kids, my nephews went, my sister came. We had a blast.

    So, i agree with you. Don’t knock it until you try it. It was a great family afternoon at the shooting range.

  • speppers69

    Bristol….one of the people defending you on Twitchy made a comment that is right on target….pun intended. He said that if you had been shooting a picture of an unborn child instead of a paper moose….they wouldn’t have said a single word.

    And I’m really sorry that you and your family have to be under constant threats from these people. The report about the “package” being left at your studio is awful and you and your family shouldn’t have to put up with this kind of thing. I pray that you and your family will be safe. And by the looks of that target….maybe THEY are the ones that should be afraid! I sure hope you’re packin’!! 🙂

    • Miroslaba

      Hi Bristol:
      Love, love, love the cream color cowboy boots you wore on your western dance, can you help me with some information about them, and where can I buy them.
      Thank you.

  • speppers69

    “Made up controversy”, huh?

    And I guess the suspicious package that was left at the DWTS studio was also another “made up controversy”.

    And I’m sure the convicted stalkers were ALSO “made up” controversies, right? It’s funny how only haters and bullies visit and comment on the sites of people they don’t like.

    • Fado

      In wouldn’t be surprised if the Palins sent that package themselves. Anything for attention and controversy. Kind of like when Sarah Palin claimed that Bristol and Palin had been threatened at school when she was a governor and yet Sarah and Todd never bothered reporting it to the school
      or the police because no record could be found. Typical.

  • ron

    Most people live in disneyland and have no common sense,you go girl i am very proud of of you and your accomplishments,when i was younger i only wish i could have met a woman like you,those complainers have nothing better to do ,so they mind everyone elses business,shows how messed up society is ,everyone should stay in own backyard and world would be a better place,thanks for all the great work on DWTS,good luck,you ll get extra votes from me now.

  • Crystal

    Hey you can always come visit us in Johnson County Kansas where we’ve returned to the Wild, Wild West! It’s lawful again to openly carry – haven’t seen any moose lately, though. lol – lots of dear and coon, though. For the record, I’ve never hunted or shot any living thing, but I believe if the meat isn’t wasted and it provides food for us as humans, then it’s acceptable. I wonder if these people think about the way their beef got on that fast food hamburger they’re eating while twittering about you shooting at a paper moose. Just assign them an “ID 10 T” and move on down the mountain. Go get um this Monday.

  • Eddie

    Bristol- I know you’ve dealt with threats in the past. But, I just saw a news bit about another suspect powder package with a threat message. I’m sure you’re uneasy about it. Understandably so. I’m sure millions are praying for your safety. Keep your head up.

  • Jamilyn Vaughn

    I love it! Ppl forget where we all came from hunters & gatherers