Life Of A Hunter's Daughter

Life Of A Hunter's Daughter

The struggles and rewards of those who hunt.

The joys of sleeping in, waking up to the smell of morning coffee, and food cooking in the kitchen. Having to wake up on the weekends is one of the best feelings in the world. That is, unless you're a hunter's daughter. If you're like me, your dad wakes you up around 4 AM to get dressed in gear and have the car loaded in time to reach the hunting stand. Now, you have to reach the stand before it's daylight or you've basically ruined the whole trip. Having a father who's hobby is hunting is time consuming but rewarding in numerous ways. Here's the inside scoop of the life of a hunter's daughter and all she accomplishes.

1. Waking up at 4 or 5 AM to get to the stand before sunrise.

2. Sharing your birthday with your dad's favorite hunting season.

Let's be real, having a November birthday is probably one of the best. Fall has begun and depending on weather you can hit the beach or have a bonfire. Well, unless you're similar to me and spend most time around your birthday in a tree stand looking for that 10 point you've had your eye on all year.

3. "Vacation" means putting up tree stands in the woods.

4. Living at Bass Pro Shops.

Most people I know love this place. It's basically a second home to most fishermen and hunters. I receive endless gift cards for my birthday for this place (along with my dad) to which we both save up for that one specific item we've dreamed about having. It's not just a store, it's a life choice.

5. Learning how to fit camouflage into your wardrobe.

6. Getting shunned for trying to be a vegetarian.

7. Preferring venison (deer) or gator meat over beef.

Yes, the meat taste different. No, I will not try to explain it to you. If you haven't given yourself the opportunity of experiencing both, you may want to extend your comfort zone. You could also do as I did and eat it thinking it was a normal burger since your parents told you it was. It's a cruel way to explore new food, but satisfying.

8. Doing homework in tree stands.

I won't lie to you, I worked on this and multiple homework assignments while in a tree stand waiting for deer to pass. Yes, sitting in a stand can be a long and time consuming time. Investing in homework is a must. It's not like finishing up an assignment will make unbelievable noise and scare the deer off. Work with your school and hunting schedule, never against it.

9. Enjoying the outdoors more than normal.

10. Understanding the bond of a hunter and his hunt

There will never be enough words to sum up the family and bonds I've been accepted into from being a hunter's daughter. Not only will you have endless memories to share with those that couldn't experience the trip but you'll never forget how it shaped you. Hunting is more than a hobby. For some, it's a means of survival and how some will provide for their families. Getting to meet such extraordinary people, ones that truly respect and understand why hunter's do as they do is something I wouldn't trade for a lifetime.

Thank you dad, for introducing me to something I wasn't as accepting of before I tried it for myself.

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10 Things I Wish Animal Rights People Knew About The Livestock Industry

Get educated.

So last week, I wrote an open letter to PETA, calling them out on their lack of salvation for the animals burned by the recent wildfires. I received a lot of attention for this article, both good and bad.

In reading the comments posted in response by animal right's activists, I discovered some things that just didn't add up. Amidst the insults and hypocrisy, there were just some downright stupid assumptions that these people see as facts. It's not their fault, they're just uneducated, so I feel we as an industry should try to get some truth out there.

So, here are 10 things I wish animal right's supporters knew about the livestock industry:

1. A 20-25 year life expectancy for cows is not realistic.

Just because some cow somewhere lived to be 25 does not mean that they would live that long without the agriculture industry. Most cows used for beef production live to be about 13-15 years old and die of natural causes. In sandy environments, cows live around 5-9 years because the sand degrades their teeth to the point that they cannot eat.

2. Livestock would mate and reproduce each year without the help of humans.

I kinda thought it was common knowledge that most species cycle monthly when they reach sexual maturity. When females cycle, they do their best to get bred. There's no forcing going on there. If they were left in the wild, they would still mate and reproduce causing inbreeding.

SEE ALSO: Don't Buy That Coverup: Boycott Animal Testing

3. Farmers and Ranchers are not just upset at the loss of profit from these fires.

I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I read this, and then the second, and eighth. Farmers and ranchers are not only upset about the loss of profit, which is devastating, but also upset to see their animals suffer. Have you ever had to put something out of its misery? Watch a cow writhe around sluffing its charred flesh off, hear it wheeze, and watch a rancher put a bullet in its head out of pity, and I guarantee the sadness in that rancher's heart isn't about money.

4. All "momma cows" are not dairy cows.

There are hundreds of breeds of cattle out there. Some breeds have certain traits that are suited for different parts of production agriculture. Not every momma cow is milked by hand daily and her milk sold.

5. All dairy calves are not ripped from their mother and slaughtered moments after birth.

I don't know much about the dairy industry, but since it is up and running obviously there has to be live calves to grow into cows and bulls.

6. Beef cattle are not raised in closed quarters.

The operations that raise beef cattle from birth are called cow/calf operations. These cattle roam over large pastures and fields most of their lives.

7. Sheep are sheared for their own good.

I cannot count how many pictures I have seen posted by animal rights organizations of mutilated sheep. That's gross and unless someone is a complete dunce with a razor, that never happens. Sheep will overheat with a full coat, or become matted to the point he/or he cannot move.

8. There is not enough cropland to sustain everybody in the world.

Oh man, okay so as Animal Rights Activists you guys want us to let all the cows, horses, sheep, goats, and pigs roam at their own free will. You think we can all live off veggie-tales reruns and rainbows but that is not so. If all animals are roaming free, they have to eat too. So they need space, and the crops humans eat need space. IT WON'T WORK.

9. It's not all about the money.

Lol, yeah right. Have you worked in agriculture? The bank owns our asses.

10. It's not gonna happen.

You can go on your crusades, you can martyr yourselves. It's not gonna work. Meat will always be a necessity.

But mostly PETA people, get educated!

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No More Excuses, Here Are 4 Lazy-Proof Ways To Make The Earth Cleaner

Keeping nature plastic-free isn't as hard as it seems!

Taking care of the planet is one of our most important duties as human beings! Just like cleaning your room so you're not lying in a pile of dirty laundry, water bottles, and filth, we should want our earth to be clean so we can enjoy our living space! It helps the animals that help sustain our lives too.

No-one likes to look at trash piling up on the side of the road. We like to see trash-free grass and bluebonnet clusters. (Don't litter, scumbags). These easy tips can be followed by anyone without taking too much time out of your daily life, and keep your house, and the planet much cleaner!

1. Recycle.

It can be seen as a hassle, but it's one of the most effective ways to reduce landfill buildup! Sorting to your trash, or having separate bins, makes a huge difference over time.

While not all neighborhoods recycle, you can still take a few of the basic recyclable items like water bottles, paper, and cans. Bag them separately, and drive them to a place (like Walmart or Target) to their recycling bins whenever you're going anyways! It might take a little extra time for a seemingly useless task, but over time it will make a big difference in our landfills!

2. Buy less "junk".

If you're going to throw it away in a couple of months, don't buy it! Also, try to buy products made of recycled materials. Especially if it is plastic. There are so many little items we end up not needing.

Especially junky children toys - think McDonald's Happy Meal-type stuff. Things that break easily, novelty pens, one-time use unnecessary items, etc. Minimizing junk that collects will keep your house and our earth clutter free.

3. Use reusable bags when grocery shopping.

Plus, you can bring back old plastic shopping bags that you accumulate to the recycling stations at grocery stores. Also use a reusable straw! I don't know why this isn't a law everywhere. Banning plastic bags and straws would be an amazing step in the right direction to help keep the oceans plastic-free.

The mounds of plastic floating in the oceans and harming sea life is absolutely unacceptable! We can do better as humans. We have the technology and skills.

4. Buy less single serving foods.

Buy family sized bags of chips instead of individually wrapped bags. The less plastic you use the better. Stop buying plastic cups and paper plates for your home unless they're recyclable.

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