Haters Gonna Hate

10 Dec

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In the world we live in it seems like everyone voices their opinion behind a keyboard, either on some form social media, through emails, or in online forums. There are times when those opinions are valid and based on facts, and there are other times when those opinions come from a crazy asshole who lives in a different universe. I’m the kind of person who believes that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If you want to voice that opinion in public, I’m fine with that too. But those individuals need to realize that the rest of the world does not share their opinion and they should be ready for any number of responses.

The reason I’m bringing this up is because recently I have been doing some reading on what anti-hunters are saying to my fellow hunters about how hunting is wrong and unethical. There are some of these “Anti’s” who are very professional in their approach, but like all Anti’s, a majority of their comments to hunting are emotion based and are rarely supported by facts. Then, you have the crazies who send death threats, make outrageous statements, and it seems that those people only use their mouth and never their ears. These are the hardest people deal with as they don’t even want to hear about the benefits being a hunter plays on the economy or from a conservation perspective.

In my opinion there are a couple of ways to deal with anti-hunters. Because rolling them up in a rug weighted with cinder-blocks and throwing them over a bridge is not an option, we as hunters should always try to take the high road and fight the urge to punch them in the neck.

Throughout my life I have had several civil conversations with individuals who say they’re anti-hunting. Come to find out through those conversations, and myself providing facts, data, and benefits to support my beliefs, those individuals have realized they are not as anti-hunting as they originally thought. They may not be running out to buy a bow and deer tags, but at least they have the facts needed to relay that information to other anti-hunter within their social circle. I wish all talks with anti’s were that easy.

The next group of anti-hunters stick to their guns. They listen to what I have to say, I listen to what they have to say, and the interaction is pretty peaceful. The opinions are strong on both sides, but that’s what they are… opinions. I know I’m not trying to change their mind, and they know trying to change my mind is a waste of time. I actually have friends and co-workers who are these types of anti-hunters, the conversation typically only happens one time and that’s the end of it. They typically don’t preach anti-hunting to others, it’s just there belief. In regards to my friends who are anti-hunting, we have more in common than just hunting. They don’t preach to me, and all is good.

Then there are the anti-hunting extremist who say no to animal testing, break animals out of city pounds, don’t believe in fly swatters, and send death threats to hunters like Cameron Hanes or other hunting personalities. These individuals can’t be reasoned with and don’t want to hear your opinion. They go on the attack and preach their idiotic message to everyone who has ears. For the most part we hunters take the high road and avoid conflict with these people. If we do interact with them, it is with a simple and clear message then we walk away so to speak and ignore their response. However, there are times when I have been guilty of retaliating in a manner that is less than professional and doesn’t represent the hunting community in the best light. But I was really annoyed… I hope you can understand.

Example: I was visiting some good friends in a big city and we were downtown in a popular bar enjoying a couple drinks and memories from the past. As I have mentioned before, a majority of my friends are not hunters but have no problem with me hunting. That particular day I was wearing a shirt that simply said “Bowhunter”. A gentleman approached me and asked how it felt to “murder animals”. I was taken off guard and asked for clarification. He then provided me with a 10 minute speech about how I should be shot by an arrow, how the Disney movie All Dogs Go To Heaven is based on the understanding that there is a heaven for animals, that I was a murderer, and that if I wasn’t so big he would kick my ass. I’m not sure if it was a combination of the whiskey and my youth, but I decided to take the low-road. I informed him that by eating more meat it would probably increase his body size and then he would stand more of a chance against me in a fight. He flipped out and informed me that he no longer eats meat and then kicked our table spilling a drink on my friend. I actually stopped my friend from knocking this guys teeth out and politely asked him to leave us alone. By this time the guys girlfriend had showed up and joined him in his verbal assault telling us the same exact stuff he had already mentioned. They were getting really loud and other in the bar begin to take notice, did I mentioned I was annoyed. When she mentioned that she too did not eat meat, I felt that it was my responsibility to offer her some of MY meat before she made a final decision. I wish you could have seen her face… think stroke plus holding your breath. She was so pissed she tried to spit on me. I was able to dodge the projectile and it connected with another girl who was standing behind me. That started another fight and my friends and I were able to slip out. That goes to show you how crazy some of these people are. I must admit it was probably a poor way to deal with the situation. 

Whether you like it or not we are all representatives of the hunting community, and it seems that every move we make is under a microscope, especially those who are in front of a large audience. It is our responsibility to take the high-road, as much as we would love to lower ourselves to their level. Hunters need all the support we can get from those who are on the fence. And the best way to do that is to act mature, ethical, and professional every time we post, talk, or respond about hunting… unless someone leaves you open for an awesome punchline, then take it.

Thanks for reading,
Dan (DFW)

 

3 Responses to “Haters Gonna Hate”

  1. Andy December 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    This seems like the ‘Duck down and get some of this meat’ joke. Good post!

  2. Scott Clarke December 11, 2015 at 5:24 am #

    My personal experience has been that most people who Are “anti” are just misinformed. I do my best to explain what I do as a hunter and why I do it. I’ve had more people online (keyboard Cowboys) go off on me than in person. Again I try my best to educate and inform but sometimes you just can’t teach stupid. Although whipping the meat out would be priceless.

  3. Garrett December 11, 2015 at 11:55 pm #

    I feel the best means of combat is a cool head armed with logic and facts. Point out their hypocrisy of leather shoes and their noiseless Prius is a greater threat to animals crossing the road.

    You’ll never see a built dude put down his tofurkey and kale salad to call you a murderer. It will be an entitled occupant of his mothers basement brandishing a Morrisey v-neck that will tell you all his love for animals. At least, at that point, he had the passion and nuts for the one and only time in his life to stand his ground.

    I had a cute granny accost us at a boat launch for hunting ducks. Took the high road bringing up the Pittman Robinson act, hunters being conservationists (mentioning DU and their habitat efforts including species and wetland reclaimation) and let the death blow be she was feeding them pieces of bagel which 1) is about as lethal to their digestive systems as our shooting and 2) makes them dependent on handouts and that’s why a number of ducks were found dead in the area the previous year. End of discussion.

    In the theme of your WWF references- let them run into the turnbuckles and knock themselves out. We don’t have incisors for cabbage.

    Cheers

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