A stay-at-home mum has revealed how she hunts with her nine-month-old daughter strapped to her back in the woods around her house. The mother of one has received public backlash from the usual internet trolls.
Rebekah Stephens 30 has hunting in her blood. She regularly hunts deer, turkeys and rabbits and has done so from age 10. With her father’s mentoring, she grew up feeding on the spoils of the animals her dad would bring home and fell in love with the traditional past time.
The Sun UK reported the pastime has come at a price, with controversy attracting online trolls.
However, Rebekah said she just ignores the negativity.
“I get quite a few anti-hunters saying things like, ‘How would you like it if someone hunted you and your baby?’ and other
things along the lines of, ‘How can you teach an innocent baby such horrible things like hunting?’,” she said.
“It can be tough at times, but strangers online don’t know me so really cannot judge me.”
Rebekah explained some people have been so outraged by her hobby that they have “even wished ill on my life for taking my daughter hunting.”
But she said she only ever thought of hunting as a way to “put food on the table”.
“We didn’t buy beef, we always had deer meat,” she said.
“As I got older, I saw it as a way to escape the outside world and relax. And I’m providing food for myself and my family.”
Rebekah’s daughter’s first official hunt was during turkey season.
“I took my friend and her daughter turkey hunting,” she said.
“We had to be there before daylight, so I got my daughter up early, fed her and drove to the spot we were hunting.
“We had to sit and wait. She did extremely well for an eight-months old baby and was very quiet the whole time, for five hours.”
Rebekah says that while she has received some negative comments from strangers, they don’t understand the bond she has with the animals she kills.
“There is always much respect in taking a life,” she said.
“If you haven’t been in my shoes and lived this lifestyle, you really can’t judge what is best.”
Unfortunately this scenario is all too common these days. People preaching tolerance only when it benefits or reflects their ideals.