An avid hunter bombarded with death threats because of her hobby has attacked critics.
Brooke McGee, 26, of Texas, says she fell in love with the hunt at the age of three when her father passed the family tradition on to her and her siblings.
“He woke me at dawn, carried me on his shoulders and then we spent hours hunting everything from rabbits to white-tailed deer,” she told the Daily Mail.
“Back then I was just a spectator, I was still too young – but it was a connecting experience for us and I enjoyed every minute.”
At the age of six, she shot and killed her first animal, a white-tailed deer, and helped process the meat.
She described the moment as “extremely exciting” after years of practicing on discs.
When she was 16, Ms. McGee said she had her biggest death – a 136-pound black bear.
She now participates in every annual hunting season and shares photos of her kills on Instagram.
âI hunt for many different reasons; It’s exciting to see all of your hard work come together and I enjoy harvesting organic meat from my prey to share with loved ones and just being able to spend time in nature, âshe told the publication .
“The feeling of getting a kill is hard to explain – on the one hand, you get an adrenaline rush that makes you want more and more excited, but then there’s a lot of sadness associated with it,” she said, adding she was having “Respect for these animals and the natural order”.
Young hunter makes death threats online
Despite her excitement, Ms. McGee says she is often the target of angry Instagram users who “don’t understand” what she is doing.
âI remember once someone gave me a lot of terrible names and then said that they hoped I would die. Me and my little sister received a lot of death threats and everyone was talking about us, âshe said.
Although the comments got her earlier, Ms. McGee said she’s wiping them now because no matter what she does, “there will be people who disagree.”
The 26-year-old wants to travel the world as a big game hunter in search of brown bears, red deer and elephants.
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