A FEMALE hunter has vowed to go on slaughtering animals despite threats made online against her baby daughter.
Kate Small, 29, from Boise, Idaho, is a nurse who took up hunting after being introduced to it by her stepfather ten years ago.
Kate Small, 29, is a nurse and hunter from Boise in Idaho who took up hunting ten years ago[/caption]
She regularly posts photos of the animals she has killed to her Instagram page[/caption]
Kate says she has received death threats online from opponents of hunting[/caption]
She now boasts a following 27,000 followers on Instragram, where she regularly posts photos of bears, wolves, and antelope she has killed.
She says she only kills animals for food or conservation purposes, but that she still receives a stream of criticism and threats online.
“I have actually received thousands of death threats,” she says.
“People saying things I’d never wish on my worst enemy.
“I’ve had hundreds of people also threaten to rape and murder my one-year-old daughter.
“I recall one person saying: ‘I’m going to put your baby in a blender and listen to her scream.’
“I’ve also had people say they are going to murder my dogs, which just doesn’t make any sense to me, you’re mad that I killed an animal, so you’re going to kill an animal.”
Kate mainly hunts with her fiancé, Justin, and said she intends one day to introduce her daughter, Finley, to it too.
“I like being able to know exactly where my food came from and not only that but working extremely hard to get it,” she said.
“I like being able to provide organic, nutritious meals for my family.
“This lifestyle also lets me create everlasting memories with my friends and family.
“Even if I am unable to harvest an animal, memories made on a mountain, battling the elements and being pushed to your limit are invaluable.
“It’s a true test of your inner strength and character.
“Being able to connect with Mother Nature, watching and learning the habits of God’s creatures deep in the backcountry, the views as the sun rises and hits a mountain peak, it’s just unexplainable.
The largest animal Kate ever hunted was a black bear six foot in length and weighing more than 160kg[/caption]
She says she only hunts for food and conservation purposes[/caption]
Kate and her family butcher the animals themselves[/caption]
She went on to describe what she does with the remains of an animal once a hunt is complete.
“I salvage as much of the animal as I possibly can,” she said.
“I always keep the head and hide for mounting.
“The meat is what we live off of, we butcher it ourselves and then we will eat it the rest of the year.
“Aside from wolves, as they carry parasites that are dangerous to eat and the meat is bad, I don’t hunt anything I won’t eat.
“I never take an animal for fun, it’s for food or for conservation.”
She explained that only a certain amount of different animals in each area are allowed to be hunted each year.
“We have certain seasons on what you can hunt, each state is different,” she said.
“I will hunt mule deer for one month in October, during which time if I am lucky enough to find one, I will harvest just one mule deer.
“My elk season will be about one month as well, again, I will just take one if I can find one.
Only a certain number of each animal in a given area can be legally killed every year[/caption]
Kate hopes one day to teach her daughter to hunt[/caption]
“More often than not hunters are unsuccessful.
“My spring bear season goes for two to three months.”
The largest animal Kate ever hunted was a black bear six foot in length and weighing more than 160kg.
“Due to our heavy population of wolves, wolf season is open in my unit for seven months out of the year.
“I am able to take up to five during that season. In truth, I will be lucky if I get even one.
“Most people will hunt all of their lives for wolves and due to their stealth and intelligence will never be able to harvest one.
She added that the hunting community is conscious that many people consider the practice cruel.
“Those that I know who hunt, including myself, have an immense respect for animals and care deeply about them, that’s another reason why we do what we do,” she said.
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“I would like to say if you have questions at all please contact me on my Instagram page.
“I am more than happy to answer questions.”
Kate says she’s always happy to answer questions about hunting on Instagram[/caption]
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