Responding To Anti-Hunters

By Jason Reid

After killing the biggest buck of my life last fall, my school, Houghton College posted a picture of me and the deer on their Facebook page. One lady whom we will call Mrs. B commented on the picture.

Mrs. B: “Not a fan of this at all! Hope the buck had a painless death – doubt it though! Sad!”

This felt like a critical moment at least in my young career as a hunter. How would I stand up for myself and my culture under questioning? Many exchanges between hunters and anti-hunters ends in unproductive rhetoric. Just look in the comments section of any YouTube video. Is explaining ourselves even worth the time to people who don’t want to listen? Also debatable.

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