A huntress has recently talked about how she takes her 9 month old baby daughter on hunts with her. She even dresses her in a cute ‘hunting outfit’ for their expeditions.
Rebekah Stephens, 30, from Ohio, is a stay-at-home mother. She was just seven-years-old when for the first time she accompanied her dad on his hunt. She immediately fell in love with the traditional pass-time.
Rebekah, who hunts with a bow and arrow, recently shared how she takes her daughter along with her. She said: ‘I hope that she loves to hunt and fish as I do; she already adores the outdoors.’
Rebekah who herself grew up feeding on the spoils of the animals her dad used to bring home after hunting had her first hunt in 1999. She was just 10 years old at that time.
Over the years, she has hunted multiple animals including turkeys, deer, rabbits with her largest kill being a whitetail deer. It weighed over 14st 4Ib.
Her kills are used in their food as well as home décor or clothing, as Rebekah tries to use as much of the animals as possible.
Her passion for hunting hasn’t diminished even after becoming a mother to Isabella, in August 2018.
Rebekah said: ‘I was brought up in a small town in New Jersey and my father taught me how to hunt and fish at an early age.’
She further explained how grateful she is of her father by saying ‘Even at a young age I was obsessed with the outdoors and took to it even more than my brothers. I’m extremely thankful to have a dad who thought girls could hunt too.
‘As a little kid, I knew it simply as a way of putting food on the table; we didn’t buy beef, we always had deer meat. As I got older, I saw it as a way to escape the outside world and relax.’She further says: ‘I love everything about hunting, but I’ve always loved being outdoors. It’s peaceful and I see so many things in the woods that others never get to see.
‘I’m also providing food for myself and family. Lastly, money from my hunting license goes towards funding conservation.’
She explained:’You can only hunt when it’s daylight, but I get up extremely early so I’m there before daylight and the turkeys don’t see me walking into the woods.’
Rebekah is now keen to involve her young daughter in the hobby.
‘I will try to locate turkeys by listening for gobbles, and then call them in with a turkey call. You can only hunt male turkey, so the calls imitate females as spring is breeding season.’
She said: ‘Although I’m not sure it’s a hunt I did shoot a few rabbits in the backyard and took my daughter with me. Her first official hunt was youth turkey season, when I took my friend and her daughter turkey hunting.
‘We had to be there before daylight, so I got my daughter up early, fed her and drove to the spot we were hunting.
But Rebekah sees the controversial hobby as a lifestyle choice.
She went on: ‘We had a ground blind (tent) set up to sit in and wait. She did extremely well for an eight-months old baby and was very quiet the whole time, for five hours.’
She explained:’ Furs, antlers, feathers, skulls – I try to use as much as possible and I think that’s important.
‘As far as what I use the animal parts for; I make them into home décor, clothing, wall mounts, blankets, anything useful that I can think of.’
‘It is hard sometimes to have patience to wait for animals; you don’t always see something to shoot, and can go weeks without shooting something.’
She said: ‘I use a bow and arrow for everything I hunt; the biggest hunt was a whitetail deer; I think my biggest buck was over fourteen-stone four pounds,’ she said.’
But while Rebekah has received some negative comments, she tries not to let it bother her.
‘Some people love it, yet others think it is too extreme and dangerous. Some have even wished ill on my life for taking my daughter hunting.
‘I get quite a few anti-hunters saying things like, “how would you like it if someone hunted you and your baby” and other things along the lines of, “how can you teach an innocent baby such horrible things like hunting?”.
‘I try not to let it bother me; it can be tough at times, but strangers online don’t know me, so really cannot judge me.
‘Hands down the best comment was from someone who lets me hunt in their property.
‘He said that he thought it was great that I was getting my daughter involved in the outdoors at such a young age, and that it was great that I hadn’t stopped doing what I was passionate about just because I had a child.’
Rebekah admitted that she has high hopes for her daughter Isabella.
She said: ‘I hope that she loves to hunt and fish as I do; she already adores the outdoors. However, if she chooses not to hunt and fish, I will respect her decision.
‘There is always much respect in taking a life. If you haven’t been in my shoes and lived this lifestyle, you really can’t judge what is best.’
Source – Daily Mail