An avid hunter who has been bombarded with death threats over her hobby has hit out at critics.
Brooke McGee, 26, from Texas, says she fell in love with hunting at the age of three when her dad passed down the family tradition to her and her siblings.
“He would wake me up at the crack of dawn, carry me out on his shoulders and then we would spend hours together hunting everything from rabbits to whitetail deer,” she told Daily Mail.
“At the time, I was just a spectator as I was too young – but it was a bonding experience for us and I loved every minute.”
At the age of six she shot and killed her first animal, a whitetail doe, and helped process the meat.
She described the moment as “extremely exciting” after years of practising on targets.
By the time she was 16, Ms McGee said she had her largest kill — a 136-kilogram black bear.
She now partakes in every annual hunting season and shares photos of her kills on Instagram.
“I hunt for lots of different reasons; it's exciting seeing all of your hard work come together and I enjoy harvesting organic meat from my kills which I then get to share with my loved ones, as well as just being able to spend time in nature,” she told the publication.
“The feeling when you get a kill is a hard one to explain – on one hand, you feel a rush of adrenaline which makes you eager and excited for more, but then there's also an amount of sadness intertwined,” she said, adding that she has “respect for these animals and the natural order”.
Young hunter cops death threats online
Despite her excitement, Ms McGee says she is often the target of angry Instagram users who “don’t understand” what she does.
“I remember once someone calling me a lot of horrible names and then saying that they hope I die. Myself and my little sister have had loads of death threats and we've been called every name under the sun,” she said.
Although the comments used to get to her, Ms McGee said she now brushes them off because no matter what she does, “there are going to be people who disagree”.
The 26-year-old is hoping to travel the world as a big game hunter, in search of brown bears, red stags and elephants.
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