Dallas attorney Nikki Tate defends hunting deer and waterfowl even as detractors criticize and threaten her with death.
According to the Daily Mail, 27-year-old Tate says she became “hooked” on hunting after doing it for the first time a decade ago. She said, “It was then when I shot a bow for the first time, I loved the challenge, and given my athletic history and competitive personality, I instantly became addicted”:
Tate’s photos of her hunting adventures have amassed quite a following on social media and drawn the ire of animal rights advocates critical of the hunts in which Tate participates. When she posted a photo of herself standing by a deer hanging in a tree to be field-striped, one Instagram user replied, “I would pay to see you be hung like that”:
Here he is – my first buck! Not a monster, but not a bad 8-point for my first! He officially has me hooked. I will forever remember this hunt and this buck – so grateful for opportunities like this! . . . #whitetail #buck #8point #huntingseason #iamsportsman #thisiswhy #whatgetsyououtdoors #girlsthathunt #finally #texas #rifleseason #addicted #hunting
But Tate is unwavering in her commitment to hunting. She said, “I spend almost every weekend waterfowl hunting, but I do get a few deer hunts in a year to help fill the freezer. I wouldn’t trade the early mornings, hard work, blood, sweat, and yes, even tears, for anything.” She stressed her goal is to shoot only what she can eat, except in the case of predators, which she shoots to spare game from being preyed upon.
If she does shoot more than she can eat, she donates the animals to shelters that feed the hungry and/or homeless:
This is exactly why we hunt. This single deer will feed us for the next few months. Nothing better than pure, clean, unprocessed meat! Would love to hear y’alls favorite backstrap recipes. Send me a DM or post below! Any recommendations are appreciated. . . . Thanks for the awesome skinning knife, @bunnypunch_2017! #thisiswhy #iamsportsman #whatgetsyououtdoors #girlsthathunt #backstrap #loin #buck #deerseason #babesbucks #whitetail #rifleseason #ruger #skinning #texas
When Tate receives criticism for her hunting prowess, including death threats, her response is simple: “I hunt for food, conservation, friendship, and so much more, all of which are very important to me. If I can respect others’ beliefs, values, and reasons, even those that involve human life and death, please respect mine.”
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