Every good hunter needs a solid role model, and Melissa Bachman, host of Winchester’s Deadly Passion, fits that bill perfectly with a unique ability to share her love for hunting with passionate fans and viewers.
I would say I’m an extremely thick-skinned individual. I’ve worked very hard my entire life. I’ve worked my way as an unpaid intern driving 150-miles a day to chase a dream in the hunting industry, and roughed it both mentally and physically through some pretty crazy times. I knew the career path I chose would be tough and I was willing to do what it took to make it.
My only plan was to work for free, stay dedicated and never give up. After nine years of going from an intern, to a cameraman, to a producer and to finally, the hunter, there have been more ups and downs than I could have ever imagined, but I never gave up on my dream.
Unfortunately there are things I never expected. I knew there would be long hours, tons of travel, missing family events, and I even expected some flack from the anti-hunting community, which turned out to be much more than just “a little” – but I get that. What I didn’t expect was to be ripped down by fellow hunters. The Internet has caused people to lose all common sense and manners.
I’m pretty sure most of our parents drilled it into our heads the Golden Rule – if you have nothing good to say then don’t say anything at all. In the world of social media it seems everyone is out to get each other. It’s absolutely devastating for me to see the divide that has been increasing within our own hunting community. Recently I’ve seen several people post pictures and instead of hunters congratulate them, they are typing away one mean comment after another. Everything from saying a hunt was easy, to the pic is photo-shopped to saying because the hunter is female that it must have been setup for them and they simply pulled the trigger.
This is a time when we are fighting hard for our gun rights, trying to protect our hunting heritage and we need to stand strong as one united community. Instead we are bullying each other based on how a photo was taken, what kind of weapon was used, if it was harvested on public vs. private land; outfitted vs. DIY. At the end of the day, all that should matter is we are all out enjoying a common love for the outdoors and hopefully inspiring others to do the same.
So the question comes down to what can we do. You’ll always have bullies out there. You’ll always have jealousy, which can lead to mean comments and remarks, but I have to believe the positive people will prevail. Isn’t it way more fun to be happy for someone than let it eat you up and be mad? There are plenty of people trying to take away our hunting heritage so lets stand together and stay strong while supporting one another.