Drunk sea duck hunters, as opposed to a drunk FISHERMAN.
Now THAT'S funny. I spend more time on the water in the summer than during the hunting season (just the way work plays out, unfortunately), and I see a whole lot more bait dunkers into the sauce before noon than I've EVER seen/heard sea-duckers.
Anyway, wrt the seal, one seal really isn't a big deal either way, in truth. However, given that they're cute, fuzzy and decidedly not in season, shooting at one in the lower 48 can only give us a black eye as hunters (not that I'm saying one of us did, mind you).
Doesn't help that the media likes to hop on it as a sensational story, either. Seems that they like to report things as they want to see them, rather than as they are. Some objectivity. Happens with aviation as well (don't let me get started...).
Well, thought it was an interesting story. Thanks for the info (always better to have more).