5 Hunters Most People Dislike On Social Media
Ever lived in a community where everyone had a well-maintained yard...except one neighbor? One neighbor lets their grass grow tall and piles junk in the driveway. The neighbor is well within his or her rights to make a mess. But unfortunately for others, the community isn’t quite as attractive as it could be if the messy neighbor would clean up.
This is a metaphor for hunters on social media.
As hunters, we’re within our rights to post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share whatever we want...and I support that 100%. However, we need our hunting community to look as nice as possible so other people consider our lifestyle appealing and acceptable (I'll explain why this is so incredibly important at the end of the article).
Here are five types of hunters on social media that make our community less attractive.
“The Keyboard Eeyore”
Remember the gloomy, pessimistic donkey named Eeyore from Winnie The Pooh? Plenty of hunters have the same attitude. The Keyboard Eeyore doesn’t get much time to hunt. When he does, he only gets to hunt crowded public land. The Keyboard Eeyore says bucks don’t exist on the public land where he hunts (the does must reproduce by immaculate conception). Because The Keyboard Eeyore’s hunting is so poor, he constantly feels the need to demean everyone else’s hunting experiences. When you see a deer photo on Facebook, he’s the guy who makes comments like “Try hunting where I do and see if you could get a buck like that…” or “Probably pen raised...” The worst part is that it typically starts arguments with other hunters...those who live in the same community.
"If I had land like that and could do what I want I would have a wall full as well. Go out and hunt public. Let's see the deer then."
- Keyboard Eeyore
“My Way or The Highway Mike”
If you don’t shoot the same kind of bow as Mike, you’re wrong. If you don’t drive the same brand of truck or choose the same week to take vacation to hunt as Mike, you’re wrong. If your child plays in a different little league than Mike’s child, you’re wrong. You get the point. Mike has thoroughly tested and evaluated every single bow, truck, week of vacation and little league in the world and scientifically chosen his picks based on comprehensive data. No not really, Mike is just a know-it-all you should ignore for the good of the neighborhood.
“Thor - The Guardian Of The Official Score”
Thor is a superhero whose magic powers include being able to correctly state the score of every single deer on social media. Notice I didn’t say “correctly GUESS the score,” because Thor doesn’t guess. Thor knows. So if a photo is posted with a caption such as “Got a nice 140-class buck this morning,” Thor swoops in to rescue the world with comments like “Nice buck but not 140,” or “140? LOL.”
In Thor’s defense, some deer hunters skip the scoring tape and post a wild guess along with a buck photo...so it invites the wrath of Thor. But either way, arguing about the score of a buck on social media isn’t a good look for the community.
I don’t really know whether Jude is a guy’s or girl’s name, but it doesn’t matter because rampant rudeness knows no gender. We’ve all encountered someone online who is always negative and looking for controversy. Someone could announce the birth of a child or the discovery of a cure for cancer and Rude Jude would find something mean to say. Check out the family Christmas photo below from Crush with Lee And Tiffany for an example of a Rude Jude who brings down our community. How's this for Christmas spirit?
"She needs to tone down on the spray tan on her face, prettier without it. Way too dark."
- Rude Jude
“Silence Of The Lambs Sam”
Sam posts graphic photos when her shot decapitates a turkey. She uses creative hashtags like #BloodbathSorryNotSorry. When someone comments on the photo and says “that’s gross,” she proceeds to curse them out and dares them to defriend her. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled Sam is proud to hunt and I’m glad she makes quick, clean kills. And I recognize that blood is part of hunting. However, it’s one thing to advertise the damage you do to an animal in a circle of only hunters - such as on hunting TV or on a hunting website - but social media is delivering photos and videos into the feeds of many people who are on the fence about hunting. These people vote too and help determine hunting regulations so we must be conscious of the message we send about our sport and why we enjoy it. Broadcasting bloodlust and the personal enjoyment of the carnage caused to an animal is a sure way to lose respect for our neighborhood.
Hunters make up about 6 percent of the population. Let that sink in.
Ninety-four percent of the U.S. population DOES NOT hunt.
In contrast, around 80% of Americans are on Facebook, 24% are on Twitter and 32% are on Instagram. And if you’re like me, one of the first things you do after a successful hunt is post pictures, videos and stories. I also comment on the hunting photos and videos of others and I’m betting you do too.
But in all likelihood, the overwhelming majority of your friends and followers are non-hunters.
I’m all for being proud of our hunting lifestyle and being bold in our defense of our right to hunt. But there’s a big difference between being proud and bold and being mean, annoying, obnoxious and obscene.
Like it or not, we hunters are a small fish in a big pond - both on social media and within the U.S. population. If we want pro-hunting elected officials in office protecting our rights, we MUST care what non-hunters think of our lifestyle. In this social media age, we're all one post away from being a viral sensation or a viral villain. Be proud and bold...but do it with class, dignity and thoughtfulness.