Stop Celebrating the Hate

Here is an all-to-common story for you…

Girl shoots animal. Girl posts pictures of animal on her social media. Girl gets harassed and threatened by anti hunting people. Girl screen grabs nasty comments, posts them on her social, and tags the anti hunter in the post. Comments ensue. The end, until it happens all over again tomorrow…

I’m not trying to sound like a salty old lady here, but I can remember the days when we were not so quick to use situations like this to get ahead. Is it right that anti hunters say these things and threaten us? No. Absolutely not. But these days it seems like hunters (mostly women) use this as a “right of passage” into the hunting industry. As soon as they begin receiving the threats and harassment from anti hunters, they post it quickly to let their peers know that they are now a famous hunting celebrity who is under attack.

I have some news for you… 

  1. It takes more than that to become a hunting celebrity.
  2. “Hunting Celebrity” is a silly term and shouldn’t even exist.
  3. People begin to lose sight of why they hunt, in exchange for the attention they receive for hunting and having a public platform.

Here is the flip side… I would stand guard outside of the home of any of my hunting peers to protect them from anti hunting clowns who want to harm them. I would serve happily as an armed guard to watch over a fellow hunter who was under attack. I’m not turning my back on anybody. But I am speaking out against hunters who just want the attention.

“Look at me! I got a death threat!” is becoming a common social media post. And I’m sad to say that most of them are females. We want ladies to feel more comfortable coming into the hunting world and feeling at ease around the campfire with us. We want more women and girls to join us in hunting for our food. But we don’t want to send the wrong message: That you have to have this drama to get recognized in the hunting industry, or that you have to post publicly every time someone says these terrible things to you.

Many of us get threats constantly that you never hear about. It’s not because we’re ashamed, scared, or embarrassed about it. It’s because we have better things to do than to glorify or magnify the situation. We go on about our day, we block, delete and ban the people who say those things, and we keep hunting and providing food for our families because it’s our way of life. Not because we get attention for doing so.

I know that in light of recent situations this might upset some people. But in my mind I’m envisioning a little girl who looks up to ladies who hunt and who have a large public platform. If I were a little girl I would be extremely intimidated by the death threats and terrible things that anti hunters say. Instead of posting these things and technically celebrating the hysteria that occurs in the comment sections below the post, maybe we should find a new way of approaching this. I don’t have all of the answers. I’m asking people to open their minds and collectively find a way to work through this for the benefit of our future hunters.

I’m not a salty old lady. I’ve just been toughened by the nasty things I’ve heard from anti hunters over the years, and I don’t want our youth, and the future of our hunting heritage, to become toughened too quickly. I want them to enjoy this culture of hunting, this wonderful privilege that we have, while they are still young and impressionable. They will learn all too soon about the negative and terrible things people will say to them in defense of the animals that we hunt. Let’s not celebrate that as a victory.

2 thoughts on “Stop Celebrating the Hate

  1. Nail meet head. Good job nice writing please spread this mindset as it applies to even more than hunting and fishing after that let’s get back to what it really means which is the outdoors and providing for ourselves

  2. As much as I love social media and it’s positivity towards hunting, it’s also the demise of hunting. It’s gone from “I wear camo so I hunt” to “anti-hunters want to kill me so I’m big now” I don’t think it’s something that should be necessarily celebrated, but an educational opportunity for non-hunters. Even though it may never change their minds, but it could make them think. I think that when we post pictures of our harvest we should call it just that… a harvest, and a moment of connection with nature (instead of “look what I killed”). Now that I work at a research facility, I have to use different synonyms to describe situations involving the animals I work with to better suit the emotional anti-research activitsts. In terms of wording, yeah I cater to them, but it also makes me a better conversationalist and argumentalist.
    I really appreciate this post and agree with every word

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