Hunters Should Be Accountable for Their Social Media Posts

Hunters Should Be Accountable for Their Social Media Posts Outdoor Life

Hunters Should Be Accountable for Social Media Posts

We’ve all been there, scrolling through social media and coming across a negative comment on a hunter’s post. Soon, we find ourselves immersed in a heated debate, taking sides.

Recently, I was reading the comments on a fellow hunter’s social media post. In the video, the bowhunter made a risky shot and hit the animal’s guts, but still celebrated it. This kind of behavior is unacceptable. Hunters need to be more conscious of what they post online and focus less on gaining social media fame.

What hunters share on social media has an impact on the future of hunting. It can be used positively or negatively. Social media platforms have the power to reach thousands of people instantly, including anti-hunters and aspiring hunters.

Hunters Should Be Accountable for Their Social Media Posts Outdoor Life

Unfortunately, in recent years, I’ve seen disrespectful and offensive content being posted by hunters, some of whom are sponsored by outdoor brands. It seems like gaining likes and followers has become more important than the actual hunting experience. From posing with dead animals inappropriately to unsafe handling of weapons, these actions tarnish the image of hunters.

A few examples highlight the consequences of posting inappropriate content. In one instance, a Snapchat video showed teens mistreating an injured deer, resulting in criminal charges. Another Instagram video showed a hunter disrespecting a doe’s body, provoking outrage from animal rights activists. Responsible hunters need to educate others and counterbalance these negative portrayals.

I’m not advocating for censorship, but individuals should be held responsible for their online actions. We should prevent a culture where such behavior is normalized. It is crucial for hunters to be mindful of what they post on social media, considering their audience and the message they want to convey. Let’s share our hunting adventures respectfully and encourage a positive understanding of hunting.

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Beka Garris is a traditional bowhunter from Ohio. You can follow her on Instagram at @BekaGarris.