Hillary Maybery is a photographer and self-professed “California girl.” Her time in the Golden State left her thinking hunters were “barbaric, blood thirsty, gun lovers.”
It was in a conversation with Wonderful Machine that Mayber explained her conversion from anti-hunter to someone who has come to respect it:
I am totally a [Southern] California girl, I thought hunters were barbaric, blood thirsty, gun lovers. What I’ve learned moving to Idaho is hunting has nothing to do with violence or aggression. It’s a little like farming or gardening. People protect and care for their chickens and their vegetable plants, only to end up using them for food. Also, hunters support conservation of wild places and laws that protect wildlife populations. What I learned with Harlee’s family is that they want to know where their food comes from, have clean lean meat, they eat the whole animal, and share the meat with friends and family. I still would never be a hunter, but my perspective has shifted and learned hunters are more knowledgeable and thoughtful about animals and nature. It was a great morning!
But since her story started spreading on Facebook earlier this week, Maybery said a heated debate has broken out.
“There are TWO types of hunters: the ones who hunt for food and actually eat it and use all they can from the animal, and the barbaric, blood thirsty gun lovers that only want to shoot a beautiful animal to get a icture and a trophy,” a commenter named Mary wrote. “So her thought of hunters were only half wrong.”
Another named Jake responded: “I am a very avid hunter today, and often harvest multiple species of animals in a given year. I hunt for the sport of it, but my family and I benefit all year long because of the meat. It’s about sustenance, and a personal reverence for the animals life. I’d argue admittedly that those “hunters” who are blood thirsty killers and shoot animals and leave them to rot, are not hunters at all and in fact are CRIMINALS!”