Nov 26, 2013, 1:00 AM EDT
With the recent anti-hunter attack on Melissa Bachman for killing a lion, I’ve noticed several folks pointing out how many men had also killed lion, but did not endure the threats and hateful remarks. They go on to point out that because she is a beautiful woman she has been targeted -and I can explain why.
We seemingly-helpless-little-creatures of women are so unbelievably powerful; intertwining femininity and hard-core determination makes us exceptional advocates for protecting the right to hunt. The anti-hunters hate us; we are supposed to be mothers and nurturers and teachers –not “killers of bambi”! In their eyes, a hunter is supposed to look like ‘Elmer Fudd’ not ‘Donna Reed’ and they know that we capture the attention of those who sit on the fence about hunting.
Tune into NBC Sports or any other outdoor TV network and you’ll see women showcasing their abilities to hunt. Open up any hunting magazine and you’ll read of another lady who has worked hard to take a great animal. We are the fastest growing segment in the hunting industry today and a huge threat to the efforts of the antis.
Like many women I know, I consider it my God-given talent to educate and influence a person to appreciate the role of a hunter and I will never shy away from questions that lead to the uncomfortable discussion about hunting. When traveling someone will always ask “where are you going” to which I’ll happily respond “hunting in Africa”. The look on their face is of absolute shock which intrigues them allowing me to continue my discussion. I always slip into the conversation that “it’s not just about the hunt, but the entire experience and that the best part is sharing in nature’s bounty.” Obviously they’ll ask more questions, allowing me to speak freely, and one more person is educated.
Why do you think the anti’s target women hunters?