“Hey, look at that fat lady.”

Kids say the darndest things, and often in the wrong place at the wrong time. These can be cute, provide a good laugh, or be uncomfortable and embarrassing depending on if it’s your kid or someone else’s. Youngsters just don’t know any better because they haven’t developed their filters yet. That’s the responsibility of parents.

We’re taught that it’s not always appropriate to speak what’s on our mind, and to give consideration to the circumstance and present company. How we speak in front of or to non-hunters should be no different.

Most people who don’t hunt still thankfully do not oppose hunting, even if they do not understand it or certain aspects of it. Not understanding hunting or asking legitimate questions is not a red flag that you’re dealing with an anti-hunter. It could just simply mean they are curious and want to understand.

It is important to keep in mind that when we speak and post to social media, we speak for all hunters and hunting. Killing, blood, and death are part of hunting, but describing, celebrating, and putting these aspects front and center can only send the message that killing is what matters most, and as we all know, this is a gross misrepresentation.