I want to begin by saying that I am writing my first entry in a while, because I am blown away by ignorance. Because of that, I will approach this annoying, mountain of a mole hill, with extreme delicacy; not to call your opinion ridiculous, but to validate to myself in writing what I believe. I think that’s important sometimes, especially in today’s world of such publicly broadcasted opinions. It’s important to know where you stand.
Moving on to the meat of the entry. Literally. Let me tell you a little bit about my upbringing so I can help you understand where I’m coming from.
I was raised with a strong appreciation of the outdoors; hunting, fishing, or even simply playing I was taught to appreciate everything about the world we live in. I started hunting at 8 years old. My dad got me a .243 and took me to Ozona, Texas, just me and him, I was on cloud 9 and will never forget that trip. When we got there, I was in little boy heaven- we slept in a cabin full of bunk beds and we go to ride fourwheelers everywhere we went. Are you kidding me!? It was a dream. The camaraderie at the cabin was and always has been something to cherish. You learn and discuss so much with your elders in such a isolated setting. From life lessons that mold your character to understanding and RESPECTING the power of a weapon. When it came time to actually hunt, dad got me all loaded up and we set off in to the early morning darkness. I remember walking in that first stand and him telling me to be quiet- a quiet that i had never heard.. We got settled in to our blind and as soon as the sun came up, I aimed, shot, and killed. It was the most heart racing thing I had ever done and I was addicted.
That first doe, taken with a rifle, had no chance. Let me be clear in saying that I do think gun hunting is easy and should be an ENTRY into killing game.
With that said, I switched to a bow and arrow as soon as I could pull back enough weight to be lethal, and in the meantime, I used a cross bow. See, we bow hunt to up the challenge, up the thrill. It takes practice, preparation, patience, and a lot more skill.
I think growing up hunting taught me to respect animals in a way most people can’t understand. Understanding that taking one animals life to eat is one thing, but when you get into managing your lease, it’s a whole different ball game. When you spend a great deal of time on a lease, most people begin to manage the buck/doe ratio. They educate themselves on what a mature dear looks like that is ready to die, and what a young buck looks like with a lot of growing to do. You know when it’s your turn to kill a trophy buck, but you also know when it’s your turn to take some old does. Understanding this is understanding that educated hunters help manage the population.
I say allllll of that to Segway into the story about the cheer leader hunting big game in Africa.
One argument is- The animals she is killing are endangered.
Let me assure you of something. When you go on a safari hunt, unless you are a poacher, which she is not, you don’t just get dropped of on a plane and run wild through the safari slaying innocent animals. There are VERY expensive excursions in place to manage and GROW African wildlife. On these hunts, you will be tracking the most mature, closest to death animal possible. And in the process, the boat loads of money you pay for the trip go DIRECTLY to conserving African Wildlife.
Another argument is- She’s a coward for killing them with a gun. If it was fair, she’d use her hands- then see how she would do.
Really? Use her hands? The most primitive hunters didn’t just use their hands. Ever. That’s absurd. Some she was able to kill with a bow and some she was forced to use a gun- If anything FOR THE HUMANITY! A hunter wants to be as lethal as possible for one reason and one reason alone, so the animal does NOT suffer. There is always a weapon needed when hunting any game. Except Mosquitos. Except Mosquitos…
Lastly I hear- The pictures are disgusting, it breaks my heart.
Like everything on Facebook, unsolicited information and garbage is everywhere. A girl hunting game, spending her time in the outdoors, traveling, seeing the world other than a bubble of drama that happens here at home- should be the most wholesome thing on your newsfeed.
My hands are in the air on this one. It genuinely blows my mind how bad this topic offends people. I don’t want to argue with anyone. I just hope I helped you see it in a different light- that hunting is a very well thought out lifestyle, dedicated to passing on family values and a wholesome upbringing.